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The Green New Deal calls for eliminating fossil fuels and switching to renewable energy sources within a decade—a large-scale investment in jobs, infrastructure, and technology. Is this plan ambitious and achievable…or not economically or technically feasible? Are there precedents in American history that can shed light on this debate? What will it take to decarbonize our energy economy and address climate change? Join us in a discussion about how the United States has confronted grand challenges both past and present.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Gray Brechin, UC Berkeley historical geographer and founder of the Living New Deal, will discuss the lasting legacy of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal jobs and infrastructure program 90 years later.
Stanford professor and engineer Mark Jacobson will show that current technology and sufficient renewable energy sources already exist to decarbonize our energy supply—and could pay for themselves within a decade, providing jobs without damaging the long-term economy.
Representatives from the Bay Area chapter of the Sunrise Movement, a youth activist group, will discuss their nationwide movement to eliminate fossil fuels and make climate change an urgent priority for lawmakers and the country.