AOC’s Green New Deal is Here
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)will release a six-page, non-binding resolution on a Green New Deal today -- a blueprint that she and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) have been working on together. A copy obtained by Politico calls for the U.S. to transition to a 100% clean energy system -- though it doesn’t specifically call for an end to fossil fuels -- but does aim for "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers." It also calls for the creation of "millions of good, high-wage jobs" within 10 years and pledges "to promote justice and equity" across all communities. The resolution advocates for an end to fossil fuels pollution and greenhouse gas emissions "as much as technologically feasible" in agriculture and transportation, two of the major sources of climate change gases. They also envision an electricity system that would run entirely on "clean, renewable, and zero-emission sources," and call for increased investments in public transportation, improving building energy efficiency, clean manufacturing, and green infrastructure. “[A] new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era is a historic opportunity ... to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and to counteract systemic injustices," the resolution reads. Already, some 2020 contenders including Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have spoken out in favor of the idea, ensuring that the Green New Deal will be a top issue on the campaign trail. More here.