Ocasio-Cortez Begins to Sketch Out Details of ‘Green New Deal’

Mindy Sparks
February 7, 2019

The House resolution has nine co-sponsors and climate champion Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA will introduce companion legislation in the Senate, according to the letter.

It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible".

The "Green New Deal" isn't so much about fighting global warming as it is about "social justice", according to the plan's main champion New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The resolution, which was posted on NPR, came hours before a Thursday afternoon press conference featuring Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Markey.

In an interview with Politico, Pelosi said that while she is moving forward with plans to create a climate change panel, a suggestion to use it to write legislation for the "Green New Deal" is not in the cards.

The resolution marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language onto the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs.

It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".

Sunrise activists showed up at California Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch last month and dropped a banner urging her to back the Green New Deal.

Among the most ambitious components is a plan to guarantee a job "with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States" - and to provide health care, affordable housing, economic security and access to clean water, air, food and nature to all "people of the United States".

Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal".

"While the resolutions contain bold and important proposals, they remain incomplete in addressing the climate crisis comprehensively due to their failure to address fossil fuel production", David Turnbull, a spokesman for the environmental group Oil Change International, said by email.

The resolution does not include a price tag, but some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.

The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez said.

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