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How the Green New Deal’s 100% renewable energy goal could be achieved

NYC youth, leaders representing hundreds of community, social justice, environmental and climate organizations demonstrate in favor of a Green New Deal
Environmental activists demonstrate in favor of a Green New Deal outside of Senator Chuck Schumer's office, in New York City, on Dec. 3, 2018. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Following a year in which U.S. carbon emissions from energy rose, after years of declines, Green New Deal (GND) proponents are calling for a plan to convert 100% of the electricity supply to renewable energy, among other decarbonization initiatives.

The big picture: Although a massive undertaking, this energy transition is technologically feasible and economically beneficial. Some policies that would help kickstart the necessary emissions reductions are already being implemented in the U.S., Germany, China and other countries.

2020 puzzle: Life brightens, sourness surges

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A huge challenge for 2020 candidates will be navigating these tandem trends: Day-to-day life on the globe is better than at any time in history, yet the heartland worries that elected President Trump haven't been solved.

The big picture: It's a fact that humans are living longer, healthier, safer, more comfortable lives.

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