Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Alma Adams react at House Democrats news conferenceon Capitol Hill in Washington
Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches
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08 February, 2019

Recently sworn-in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally lifted the curtain on her "Green New Deal" Thursday; calling for sweeping environmental and energy changes as House Speaker Pelosi dismissed the policy as a "Green Dream".

"Today is the day that we choose to assert ourselves as a global leader in transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and charting that path", Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.

The New York Post reports that Pelosi "threw some serious shade on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - denying her a coveted spot on a special panel on climate change and brushing off her Green New Deal".

Critics seized on parts of the plan, including Democrats" acknowledgement that it would be hard to reach a zero emissions society in a decade because they weren't sure if they could "get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast'.

The non-binding resolution is effectively a blueprint of dramatic action - it proposes "upgrading all existing buildings" in the country, for example - that could be taken to address climate change.

The Green New Deal was put into the media spotlight by a youth coalition called the Sunrise Movement and Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman to serve in Congress.

Republicans have been quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the US through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.

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The plan also calls for new projects to modernize US transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "front-line" communities that will be affected by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use. In addition, it calls for universal healthcare and federal job and training guarantees. Will all of the expertise that goes into a Green New Deal eventually include proofreaders? It is nonbindng resolution that defines the climate change problem and outlines the scope of potential solutions, not a bill to change law, she acknowledged.

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a Green New Deal without saying exactly what it means.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

Later in the morning, Pelosi said she had not seen the proposal.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said. Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it.

A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources", including dramatic increases in wind and solar power.


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