Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

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

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

The proposals, which have come to be known as the Green New Deal, were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

Nearly every major new economic initiative proposed by Democrats - the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, debt-free college - has a common feature: Unlike most current social programs, it would benefit younger Americans at the expense of older Americans.

The ding by Pelosi comes just as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

The New York freshman lawmaker was one of the sponsors at Thursday's unveiling of a Green New Deal resolution on controlling climate change.

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the lawmakers on Thursday.

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued.

A memo from Ocasio-Cortez's office to her colleagues, according to Axios, calls for support of legislation that will set into motion "national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II".

Any Democrat running for President who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy needs to back Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Jared Huffman of California, Mike Levin of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster".

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet".

The broad outline called for meeting 100 percent of USA power demand through clean and renewable energy, as well as upgrading "all existing buildings in the United States" to achieve maximum "energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability".

Harris and other Democratic presidential hopefuls - Senators Corey Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand - as well as Julian Castro and independent Michael Bloomberg, have endorsed the Green New Deal concept, without outlining specific policies. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the US economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

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