August 18, 2020

EP. 175 — Why Do We Need A Green New Deal? with Senator Ed Markey

This week on Getting Curious, Jonathan is learning about the power of clean energy with a clean energy powerhouse: Massachusetts representative and co-author of the Green New Deal bill, Senator Ed Markey. Senator Markey explains what a Green New Deal can offer in the way of environmental protections, job opportunities, pandemic recovery, and more.

Senator Markey is also running for re-election in the upcoming Massachusetts primary, and he and Jonathan discuss his four decades as a progressive leader, what the stakes are for his keeping his seat (they’re JVN endorsement-level major!), and how he’s planning to turn out the vote on September 1.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Senator Ed Markey JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Massachusetts representative and co-author of the Green New Deal bill, Senator Ed Markey, where I ask him: What’s The Green New Deal, and Why Is It The Answer? Welcome to “Getting Curious,” this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome our guest this week, Senator Ed Markey. How are you doing, Senator? SENATOR ED MARKEY [00:00:28] I’m doing great. You know, we’re, we’re living in a world of coronavirus. We’re living in a world of a criminally negligent president, who is not putting the proper safeguards in place for the American people. And, you know, it’s dangerous to have a leader like that. Personally, you know, I’m in good sh

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