Congress’ Green Deal?

Progressive Democrats envision no small plans

New York freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey today introduced a sweeping resolution calling for a Green New Deal.  As described by Lisa Friedman and Glenn Thrush in the New York Times, the proposed anti-climate-change resolution is a “blueprint for liberal ambition” that is nothing short of “breathtaking”:

It includes a 10-year commitment to convert “100 percent of the power demand in the United States” to “clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources,” to upgrade “all existing buildings” to meet energy efficiency requirements, and to undertake an enormous expansion of high-speed rail that would, its authors claim, render most air travel obsolete.

The text of the as-yet-unnumbered-resolution, titled, Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal, is available at Representative Ocasio-Cortez’ website.

Although critics and even some proponents immediately suggested that the resolution as written would be quite expensive, possibly impractical, and politically unlikely, its ideas are gaining momentum as talking points among both progressives and conservatives. At a minimum, the Green New Deal seems likely to raise the climate change conversation to a noisier level.

 

 

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