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Jeremy Corbyn: Nationalize, Democratize Electricity Grid to Avert Climate Crisis


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Jeremy Corbyn: Nationalize, Democratize Electricity Grid to Avert Climate Crisis

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said making the nation's electricity grid publicly-owned is the best course to "put tackling climate change at the heart of our energy system."

Speaking Saturday at a conference in London, Corbyn decried the failure of privatization of public services and laid out an economic vision that addresses the climate crisis while narrowing inequality.


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I like Corbyn but we need to get real. Politicians follow and do not lead. Repeating propaganda will not create anything new. Kudos to CD for reporting on climate even when climate news is hard to find. I hope for more science and engineering on solutions that go far beyond 100% clean electricity.


#3

Bernie Sanders is often compared to Jeremy Corbin. The piece shows it’s a false comparison.

When have you ever heard Sanders (a self-proclaimed ‚Äėsocialist‚Äô) use the word ‚Äúnationalize‚ÄĚ? Or any so-called professional ‚Äėprogressive‚Äô politician in the U.S. for that matter. As long as they (and we) are afraid to use accurate language, we are lost. Euphemisms and cliches yield political and economic diarrhea with lib/progs and their friends proudly and loudly proclaiming that the chunks in the detritus are ‚Äėprogress‚Äô and ‚Äėsmall/baby steps forward‚Äô.

Not much of a way to achieve social change…or even a survivable world.


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Corbyn is not stepping back but instead is stepping up his program. No milquetoast dissembling about key elements like militarism and socialism, Corbyn speaks clearly and directly to the crises we face, outlining forthright steps to address those crises. Too bad there is nothing remotely similar in the decrepit US political landscape…

Here’s to a smashing Labour victory in the next British parliamentary elections.


#5

A completely sensible suggestion, which would likely never be adopted in the Land of the Exceptional because the corporate sh*theels would immediately invoke the spectre of socialism (be very afraid), and that would sink a fine idea.


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Agreed. Sanders never did use ‚Äúnationalize.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôd be death to any U.S. politician, so thoroughly brainwashed are we.
Better we should let mega-corporations continue to ruin the environment, charge us for the right to do so, and then be entirely (or very close to it) exempt from taxation.


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Corbyn seems to have one answer for every problem, nationalize. Anyone skeptical?


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Lurx seems to have no stomach for actually addressing our crises. Anyone skeptical of Lurx’s endless DNC neoliberalism?


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By stepping up and leading, the politician Corbyn successfully took leadership of Labour, then successfully led Labour to major advances in the last British elections. Now he is poised to challenge for control of Parliament.

Such leadership is our only option. Waiting is not an option.


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The UK has traditions, going back to Atlee that are far to the left of the USA.

Allende in Chile was violently overthrown with critical US help for being only half as leftist as the UK was at the same time.


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Yup. Count me in. If you are not nationalizing (or in this case, simply re-nationalizing), you are privatizing, and privatization has been the problem no middle ground is possible as far as I can see.

So apparently, Lrx is for privatizing…

And there is hardly anything radical about nationalized electricity. Electricity in Canada is largely ‚Äúnationalized‚ÄĚ at the provincial level, and there is the quasi-national TVA and Bonneville Power Administration in the US, and many municipal local governments own their local electric utilities.


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If Corbyn advocated emergency funding for research and development of massive carbon mitigation with near-term global deployment then he would have my wide-eyed support.

A public electric grid is so weak. We have them here in the US NW, does nothing special. Instead, how about a city-wide hot water district heating grid powered 100% in the dead of winter from borehole seasonal heat storage. Now that would be different and interesting. England could be a leader.


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One thing that CD readers in the US may not know: large chunks of the UK’s infrastructure (railroads, energy, buses etc) are already state-owned.

Just not the British state --State-owned German, French and Dutch companies are free to ‚Äėcompete in the British market‚Äô Pah!


#14

Agree with Yunzer - the UK is way to the left of the US. The Conservative Party there loves national healthcare for crying out loud. What more evidence does one need.


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Unfortunately, as those of us have witnessed at the DMV, private works better than public.

How do we get the benefits of private and public without their downsides?

http://direct-democracy.geschichte-schweiz.ch


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I think one can debate effectively whether or not private works better than public. It would be helpful to weigh analytically the advantages and disadvantages of each in different situations over time. I never buy into blanket statements like private works better than public or vice-versa for that matter - it is an open but answerable question.


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You appear top have missed the point: Corbyn is calling for localised power production and management as an alternative to the current dependence on the national grid, which the UK has had for a long time. You are in agreement with Corbyn’s policies when you call for district heating and alternative -to fossil fuels-generation.


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In the UK they have weighed the costs of privatisation: consumer pays more, service deteriorates, there are massive profits, largely distributed and because there is no investment infrastructure fails. In the end the public pays for that too, when it breaks down. Sound familiar?


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What a great way to skyrocket total energy costs, and destabilize your energy grid.


#20

Got any proof?