Green New Deal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 13 May 2019
  • With the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions.

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  • Joel Middaugh
    Joel Middaugh  45 minutes back

    Half the people commenting here supporting this wouldn't even give up their cars. Don't talk to me about some green new deal until you've all stopped driving, I haven't in years. Only cars on the road should be for goods and services, and admittedly all of your lives will be way shittier, mine is. You'll never do it hypocrites.

    • Drake Bear
      Drake Bear  2 hours back

      No! Let's ALL continue to ignore the Earth and its outcry for us to live alongside nature.

      Let's just continue to recklessly consume the worlds' resources. Let's just continue to live a life driven by greed. There's nothing wrong with that.

      Let's continue to lobby hypocritical Environmental Laws that limits us in consuming natural resources in 1st World countries while these corporate junkies continue to exploit and consume these limited resources from other countries. As if these other countries aren't located on the same planet we all live in/on. As if selectively consuming limited resources - without any regard to the planets' health - won't affect us ALL.

      Let's just be happy!

      • David Ayres
        David Ayres  6 hours back

        John Oliver is getting rich acting a fool. Ask him about what his carbon foot print is. I have yet to see any difference in the earth's environment than a century ago.

        • allykitten 87
          allykitten 87  15 hours back

          If it brightens your day, i just re watched this and had forgotten the cow fact 😂

          • luke maxwell
            luke maxwell  17 hours back

            AGW hysteria is a con. Decades of false predictions and wildly inaccurate climate models. You've been indoctrinated into the Church of Climatology, people. Look at what the Club of Rome has to say about climate change. Think "Agenda 2030".

            • Julian Felix
              Julian Felix  23 hours back

              Too be more clear on the Canada problem, it’s a provincial issue, the oil sands have been devastated by US policy lowering the price of oil and gas around the world to 50$ a barrel which makes the oil sands completely unprofitable and massive wells are being abandoned on a monthly basis, this is great! The rest of Canada could not give a shit about Alberta’s success as it has never passed outside of its border, nobody lives anywhere but British Colombia, Ontario, and Quebec, the good news Ontario is powered primarily by nuclear, British Colombia is powered by 97% renewable energy and Quebec is mixed hydro and fossil fuel nuclear, on a provincial level, we have been and will continue to do our very best to meet the Paris agreement, however, it is not nearly enough. Our weather patterns have gone haywire, droughts and floods in regions that have never ever faced these problems, our forests are burning, are crops are dying, our wildlife is decimated, our pristine untouched wilderness, even without direct human intervention is collapsing, shits getting real, and fast. It’s probably too late to go green, it’s already warmed by 2.5 degrees, that’s a Canadian government study fact. The Paris agreement was meant to keep us at 1.5 well, we have failed and so has the rest of the world, weather we realize it or not are facing head on runaway global warming. If we do not mobilize of the scale of WW2 to fix this, we will go extinct. This isn’t fear mongering it’s fact, and as scary as that may be, as a species we have reached childhoods end and now we must act as adults and take responsibility and action if we want to survive. Writing this it feels surreal like a apocalyptic novella but I’m sitting here on my Mexican vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, the largest oceanic dead zone, decimated by pollution and warming temperatures, and I can’t be happy the water is toxic, the air is polluted and the ecosystem has collapsed it feels hopeless, but, I believe in the human spirits and we can fix this, but it will take everything we’ve got.

              • Sofia Varela
                Sofia Varela  24 hours back

                republicans are gonna kill us all

                • Michael Robins
                  Michael Robins  1 days back

                  Zionists are evil, they want to destroy the earth and watch people suffer

                  • GyroPP
                    GyroPP  1 days back

                    I'll have you know, that I, and at least 3 other people were watcing Suits in 2015

                    • Skyler Mcfadden
                      Skyler Mcfadden  1 days back

                      18:33 - You all came here for this.

                      You're welcome.

                      • Zeb364
                        Zeb364  1 days back

                        The problem with carbon pricing/carbon tax as it's currently been implemented here in Canada is that despite the rebate it disproportionately punishes every day tax payers. It needs to focus more on the massive corporations who are the world's largest polluters. Trudeau would never do that though because he's afraid of the Albertan oil barons. Which is also why, despite campaigning on helping the environment, he helped push through the pipeline that will irrevocably damage our western ecosystem.

                        • tidalkingv
                          tidalkingv  1 days back

                          That is a very specific example, John. Who is Isabella?

                          • niten02
                            niten02  1 days back

                            I fucking love this show!!!

                            • timmy timmytimmy
                              timmy timmytimmy  1 days back

                              AOC metal works


                              • Thomas Hromjak
                                Thomas Hromjak  1 days back

                                I'm sorry, but the Green New Deal was at best a wish list of all the things we'd like to do but won't. Hey now don't worry! The earth is going to be's YOU that's going away. Personally, I'll be glad to see the earth swallow up the ostentatious liberals like John Oliver as well as the religious right who'll be denying climate change up until their last breath.

                              • Sam Spurgeon
                                Sam Spurgeon  1 days back

                                Oh just go back to, seriously, please? And take me with you...hell, kick me off the boat halfway there and let me drown, I can't afford to do it myself....this place sux, I can't afford healthcare and I can't afford to die apparently, so just buy a suitcase big enough to hold me

                                • Das Snek
                                  Das Snek  5 hours back

                                  Thank Obama for that.

                              • Mitchell Mahurin
                                Mitchell Mahurin  1 days back

                                Express John Oliver had me crying

                                • h7opolo
                                  h7opolo  2 days back

                                  bill nye is awesome here ❤

                                  • Golf Bear
                                    Golf Bear  2 days back

                                    Foreign operatives like john oliver should be arrested for trying to influence America's politics. He is an authoritarian elitist that wants to tax the working class into oblivion. He uses more carbon than all of us in the comments combined. People like him and only people like him should pay.

                                    • raggedcritical
                                      raggedcritical  2 days back

                                      "Grow the fuck up" - Bill Nye.

                                      • NW DV
                                        NW DV  2 days back

                                        You morons get your news from late night talk show host and misleading abc/cnn and think you’re sooo smart meanwhile Trump is more liberal than any of you. You all are tricked into thinking Trump is a horrible guy when he has done so many amazing things. Anyone of you snowflakes can do 5min research and find at least 5 things you support and love about Trump.

                                        • neocomer
                                          neocomer  2 days back

                                          Do an episode on loot boxes

                                          • awfulpwn
                                            awfulpwn  10 hours back

                                            neocomer what’s the controversy?

                                        • Sean McDonald
                                          Sean McDonald  2 days back

                                          I like the AOC Green new deal because its an inspitational vision. Its a shame that some lack the vision to see it for what it is, a start to a conversation.

                                          • Das Snek
                                            Das Snek  5 hours back

                                            It's a fantasy is what it is.

                                          • Bob Fleischmann
                                            Bob Fleischmann  1 days back

                                            Any "Global Warming Plan" proposed by the government will inevitably fail when those who implement it aren't able to give up their own habits of destruction. Do you think for one second that any of those crybaby officials would actually recycle their plastic water bottles, use paper straws, refuse a styrofoam cup, carpool, or even unplug their cell phone charger? NOPE! No matter your political ideologies, if humanity as a whole is not willing to make PERSONAL sacrifices, then the planet is doomed regardless of any government regulations or well intentioned deals. It starts from the bottom up - something most citizens just can't grasp.

                                        • exannuc
                                          exannuc  2 days back

                                          They had a carbon tax in Australia, it worked and emissions came down over 1%, stopping a projected 3.6% emissions increase. All with an immeasurable effect on the economy and only costing on average 20 cents extra a day for households.

                                          Then our mainstream media owned by mining and energy companies ran a fear campaign against the government and it became the most hated tax ever, and the government was voted out by a landslide. Can't win if big money loses.

                                          • Zori Raunio
                                            Zori Raunio  2 days back

                                            Bill didn't mind slightly increasing HBOs carbon footprint just to be able to say "Safety glasses off, motherfuckers", and I for one think that is precious.

                                            • Charlie Dawson
                                              Charlie Dawson  2 days back

                                              Isabella is now Last Week Tonight Canon.

                                              • Charlie Dawson
                                                Charlie Dawson  2 days back

                                                Hose baskets is the equivalent of kids hiding under a blanket to protect themselves from Russian nuclear attacks.

                                                • Alex Salter
                                                  Alex Salter  2 days back

                                                  My problem with a Carbon price is that it’s too easy to get out of. Your cost of business goes up and so you pass the cost on to your end consumer. Behaviour doesnt change, it doesn’t have to while you can get away with passing on the cost. I’d rather see a rebate given to companies that lower emissions. The cleaner the energy the cheaper it is and the more people can afford it. Good behaviour is rewarded. More flies with honey.

                                                  • seigeengine
                                                    seigeengine  2 days back

                                                    That's just it, Alex, it's not easy to get out of. You can't just pass the price onto the consumer, because the first company to eat a little into it's profits now can out-compete you. The next company to develop a way to pollute less now has lower costs, so can profit more or offer lower prices than you, and out-compete you.

                                                    If what you're saying was true, we'd still have thick ass plastic water bottles, instead of them having become super thin over the years... companies optimize away costs because low costs means a competitive edge. We're just paying the costs of their pollution right now while they get to profit off of our suffering.

                                                    Your proposed solution is inferior in basically every way. "Instead of gathering revenue to off-set the costs we would otherwise have to pay, lets spend more of the public dime to finance rich people getting richer! Then we can just whine about debt in a few years and repeal the whole thing!"

                                                    You actually attract more flies with vinegar than honey, and humans are naturally more focused on avoiding negative stimuli than seeking out positive ones.

                                                • Croshawable
                                                  Croshawable  2 days back

                                                  I feel like John Oliver gets someone else to buy his suits, armed only with his measurements and the watchword "snazzy".

                                                  • Emilio GJ
                                                    Emilio GJ  2 days back

                                                    the deal never mentions "carbon pricing"

                                                    • Diego Nery
                                                      Diego Nery  2 days back

                                                      The planet is on FUCKING FIRE!

                                                      (Lol I couldn’t stop laughing)

                                                      • Joel Albrechtsen
                                                        Joel Albrechtsen  2 days back

                                                        I like John Oliver, however all he is doing is highlighting how ridiculously unrealistic the Green New Deal is. It’s 14 pages.... surely something so drastic and necessary would outline detailed plans, not just overly simplified and unrealistic targets. I’m all for reducing our negative impact on the planet. It’s just funny how all the “do gooders” who drive petrol cars everyday, want someone else to do something about it.
                                                        He is always quick to highlight stupidity but refuses to have a balanced view on AOC, who is clearly no more than a puppet for the far left democrats. If only he looked at her “credentials”, lack of sound knowledge and extreme socialist policies he could give a balanced opinion on his show which exists due to capitalism.
                                                        Imagine if Trump made errors like that in a draft plan and they were publicized. If anyone really thinks he wouldn’t be criticizing him for that you are deluded.
                                                        Bill Nye is not a scientist and he refuses to debate his claims with scientists. The irony that he is melting a plastic globe to demonstrate his point is perfectly indicative of his credentials.
                                                        Putting that aside, CO2 is largely misrepresented, plants thrive of increased amounts and that is only a good thing. There is no scientific proof that CO2 causes warming, only that it follows temperature increase which is predictable due to oceans. A “consensus” is not scientific and renowned scientists have disputed this ridiculous claim. For context I used to think we were causing global warming, my mind has been changed by increasing my knowledge, looking at both sides of the debate and the history in incorrect apocalyptic predictions.

                                                        • seigeengine
                                                          seigeengine  2 days back

                                                          I've literally read this exact comment like two weeks ago.

                                                          Stop spamming you shills.

                                                      • Jack Hassard
                                                        Jack Hassard  2 days back

                                                        What do you mean cows don't fart..? They go off mate..

                                                        • LudvigIndestrucable
                                                          LudvigIndestrucable  3 days back

                                                          That's not how cocaine works. No matter how much you take, its a stimulant, not a hallucinogen, it will not make you see dancing penguins.

                                                        • Baylee Alexander
                                                          Baylee Alexander  3 days back

                                                          Lol the very start before the Finn wofard and Ariana Grande age thing, Australia experienced that a couple years ago, meaning we're fucked long before you lot are, so fuck yourself you lot of cunts for fucking us👌

                                                          • dick hickey
                                                            dick hickey  3 days back

                                                            People talk about the green new deal because of how incredibly stupid it is

                                                            • seigeengine
                                                              seigeengine  2 days back

                                                              No, that's just right-wing retards who still buy into the idea that trickle-down economics is beneficial despite 40 years of proof it doesn't work, and it blatantly being a scam to steal from you in the first place.

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                                                            • Mawgan S.
                                                              Mawgan S.  3 days back

                                                              He’s totally wrong about ‘when things cost more, people buy less of it’.
                                                              In the UK, the sin tax was used on alcohol and tobacco.
                                                              Addiction rates have only gone up since it started. No decrease whatsoever.
                                                              If you want to buy something, you will buy it. End of.

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  6 hours back

                                                                You literally just admitted you're wrong... the fuck, lol.
                                                                Repeating yourself is not an argument.
                                                                Paying for the damage you do is not "against businesses." It's "for responsibility."

                                                              • Mawgan S.
                                                                Mawgan S.  7 hours back

                                                                The decrease in addiction rates is largely down to how the UK deals with addiction and smoking in general.
                                                                However, a carbon tax will not work - it will wither drive business away from the country or, if the business is wealthy enough, they simply won’t care, and carry on polluting. Either way, businesses are more out for themselves than out for ‘good ol’ taxes (pfft).
                                                                I want to see a decrease in CO2 emissions, I just believe and have seen that taxation will not work, it leads to searching for loopholes, and it incentivises cheating and businesses going to pollute LIDCs instead. So, it’s possibly better that you work with businesses to be able to positively incentivise, rather than against businesses.

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  2 days back

                                                                There are other factors at play than just prices, but I can find no evidence of what you're talking about. Looking up UK cigarette smoker rates, and tobacco tax increases, there's been a steady decrease, though whether it's related to the price increase is another matter.

                                                                But yes, addictive substances are going to be less affected. They're a special case. Kind of like how if I break your spine, you're going to get healthcare whether it costs $100 or $100000. Addiction makes demand a lot less flexible.

                                                                This reasoning doesn't apply at all to most things.

                                                            • Katie Did
                                                              Katie Did  3 days back

                                                              Look, even if Trudeau hadn’t slipped, they’d still have gone to the T word. Look at what happened in Australia- Gillard introduces a Carbon Price, and the conservative opposition leader whet in hard on it being a tax. And- he toppled Gillard at the election because of it (also, his assistant came out and plainly admitted that the tax was a lie they cooked up, because they knew it would work).

                                                              You remember that opposition leader- Tony Abbott, best known for eating onions like apples and responding to interview questions with a blank stare.

                                                              So Australia was a global leader on carbon pricing, and it was working to reduce emissions. Then Tones got in, immediately reversed it (and said that he’d been helping women because women care about the electricity costs as they do they ironing), and emissions skyrocketed immediately. No more global leadership for us. And it’s still used against anything vaguely progressive, and electricity prices (which continued their upward trajectory rather than going down as promised) are used as an excuse to open more coal fired power stations (even though electricity companies themselves say they aren’t worth the money to build). But Aussies are lost in a conservative haze of bullshit, unfortunately

                                                              But it did show that carbon pricing works, at least. And we never even got to the better technology. The price itself lowered emissions.

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  2 days back

                                                                Unfortunately, humans are fucking morons.

                                                            • Kayla Aya Halley
                                                              Kayla Aya Halley  3 days back

                                                              In Australia all a carbon tax has done is let electricity retails jack up prices, while the government gives us like half a cent in rebates

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  2 days back

                                                                You mean the carbon tax that was repealed for no reason so the rich can rape you some more?

                                                            • BlackPheonix 824
                                                              BlackPheonix 824  3 days back

                                                              While i do think something needs to be done about the environment, this bill was not the solution for it has many faults.

                                                              • BlackPheonix 824
                                                                BlackPheonix 824  1 days back

                                                                @seigeengine first of all you're saying I'm objectively wrong when I'm making a observation that one thing (the green deal) does not have to deal with the other(stopping monopolies). You're telling me to spend less time with my dick down my throat
                                                                and I could have avoided this. Hmmm.... I seem to remember you being the one that commented on this. I really have to say I pity people like you. People that think they're all that but are too stupid to know how stupid they really are. You should go back to grade school and learn how to write a fucking argument before starting them.

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  1 days back

                                                                You're objectively wrong.
                                                                That's your problem.
                                                                Spend less time with your dick down your throat and we could have avoided this whole shit.

                                                              • BlackPheonix 824
                                                                BlackPheonix 824  1 days back

                                                                @seigeengine   you really don't learn do you of course that's what I should expect from an ignorant person such as yourself. Because you don't understand I will repeat myself the point of the green bill was to reduce human impact on the changing. Monopolies and equal rights should have had nothing to do with it because its a bill on the environment. That's why I said that this bill had many faults. I am repeating myself because a cretin such as yourself it's too stupid to understand what I'm trying to say. You say that my argument is repetitive. Where is yours? I have not seen one single bit of information about the bill from you. All you've done is call me petty names and act like a douchebag because you responded to some random comment with edginess. Why don't you get a life and fucking learn how to build an argument instead of being a little cunt when facts are brought upon you.

                                                              • seigeengine
                                                                seigeengine  1 days back

                                                                I'm glad you think that's what it should focus on, but that clearly wasn't the point.

                                                                Repeating yourself again are you? IS that all you're good for? Argumentum ad nauseam? Fuck off with that bullshit. I'm sick of your sorts retarded masturbatory incapability of making any kind of legitimate argument.

                                                                You've literally said nothing of substance this entire time.

                                                              • BlackPheonix 824
                                                                BlackPheonix 824  1 days back

                                                                @seigeengine  seigeengine  First of all that should not pertain to the contents of what the green deal should be. The green deal should focus on trying to reduce human impact on the changing climate. Also since you are such an intelligent person, you should know that the deffinition of solution is "a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.". If there are many faults in the solution it is no longer a solution to the problem. Of course it doesn't take a genius to know that and yet I have to explain it. Also I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic reply; "Some idiot". Wow, how long did it take you to come up with that one? Two hours? Three? You know maybe next time you should think before writing such an ignorant response.

                                                            • Sy Tyson
                                                              Sy Tyson  3 days back

                                                              The Green new deal is a joke

                                                              • Matthew Lozinski
                                                                Matthew Lozinski  3 days back

                                                                I didn't know how much I needed to hear bill nye swear until today

                                                                • OutmatchedOutlaw
                                                                  OutmatchedOutlaw  3 days back

                                                                  Creates millions of jobs by allowing people who don't want to work not to... lol

                                                                  • seigeengine
                                                                    seigeengine  2 days back

                                                                    That's not part of the green new deal. ;) Fucking scumfuck.

                                                                • Amanda Tracy
                                                                  Amanda Tracy  3 days back

                                                                  Please do a nugget-sized follow up piece on the insanity we are seeing in Oregon right now. Our state GOP senators have just fled to Idaho to prevent the quorum needed for a floor vote on cap and trade legislation. Right wing militias in Idaho have vocally offered to violently protect them, as the state police have been mobilized to bring them back. Our capitol was briefly locked down as a result.

                                                                  • Amanda Tracy
                                                                    Amanda Tracy  2 days back


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                                                                • Creepy Custard
                                                                  Creepy Custard  3 days back

                                                                  Australia had a carbon tax. Thanks to Murdoch, it was demonised to hell and back in the media, and eventually scrapped. It’s so depressing to think we came *this* close to have carbon pricing, but the media tricked us into destroying it.

                                                                  • Jordan Read
                                                                    Jordan Read  3 days back

                                                                    Australia had a "carbon tax" much like the one Canada has now.

                                                                    However we decided to vote in Tony Abbott who scrapped it because his big business overlords told him to.

                                                                    In fact, our carbon emissions went down significantly because of the Carbon Tax.

                                                                    • david johnstein
                                                                      david johnstein  59 minutes back

                                                                      Fucking over small businesses in a country with large amounts of small businesses leads to being outvoted? Huh.

                                                                    • david johnstein
                                                                      david johnstein  1 hours back

                                                                      ask any lower middle class to working class Aussie and you realise why it was scrapped, shit was bad.

                                                                    • Jackson Mackey
                                                                      Jackson Mackey  2 days back

                                                                      And, like Canada, it reduced power prices due to the rebate

                                                                    • aden kunz
                                                                      aden kunz  2 days back

                                                                      Yeah, but remember how we were never meant to have a carbon tax?

                                                                  • MIDBC1
                                                                    MIDBC1  3 days back

                                                                    The conservatives in Canada are the same as the Republicans in the USA......they cater to the rich and give a big fuck you to the middle class and the poor and do nothing to improve environmental conditions for future generations

                                                                    • seigeengine
                                                                      seigeengine  2 days back

                                                                      Basically. Right wing policy almost the world over is a blatant load of bullshit that only serves to benefit the rich.