Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Democrats launch 10-year 'Green New Deal' for clean energy

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Cary Marshall | 07 February, 2019, 21:35

In the first year of the Trump administration carbon emissions decreased by 2.7 percent, and the United States is leading the world in emissions reduction.

"We are going to be pressuring all the 2020 contenders, especially the senators, to co-sponsor the bill", Stephen O'Hanlon, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, a climate change group that staged a high-profile sit-in in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in November which Ocasio-Cortez attended, told CBS News.

Pelosi has long championed stronger environmental rules, and described climate change as her "flagship" political issue.

The goals outlined in the Green New Deal respond to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said global temperatures must be kept less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, its authors said.

In drafting the proposal, Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow progressive lawmakers appear to have envisioned that the trillions of dollars in new government spending it would require would be financed entirely on credit. Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it. They denounced the plan at House hearings on climate change on Wednesday.

The Green New Deal will be "accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization".

Nearly as an afterthought, the resolution called for providing "all people of the United States" with "high-quality health care", as well as affordable housing, economic security, and access to clean air, water, "healthy and affordable food, and nature".

Legislation must "promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as "frontline and vulnerable communities")".

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Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.

The plan also promises to support "family farming", "science-based projects", and "high-speed rail".

Labor unions would receive a large slice of the pie: the resolutions would ensure "high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages", strengthen union collective-bargaining rights, and 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".

The Green New Deal "must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultations".

Among other things, the "Green New Deal" calls for concrete plans to "achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers".

It also calls for the government to "create affordable public transit available to all, with [the] goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle".

Spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the US, while also overhauling the USA transportation system to promote clean energy. "Its aspirational goals will help our country combat climate change through clean and renewable energy, create millions of new jobs in the process, and safeguard our environment for generations to come".

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