In 2016, the Green New Deal was proposed; however, it has recently gained popularity. New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the initiative to launch a resolution dedicated to make a committee for the plan. So, what is it?
Jill Stein, member of the Green Party, announced the idea in 2016 when she was running for president. After her loss, it wasn’t brought up again until 2018. The democratic party, or more specifically, Ocasio-Cortez, helped the plan emerge.
As can be understood by the name, the plan is modeled after the New Deal made by Theodore Roosevelt to end the Great Depression. The New Deal consisted of reforms and infrastructure projects aiming to aid the economy. But instead of the economy, the main focus of the Green New Deal is the climate.
The Green New Deal, or the GND, was propelled by recent global studies. Last year, scientists and the United Nations warned that the rate of emissions and greenhouse gases are far too high. It must be lowered quickly or global temperatures will cause catastrophic damage by 2030.
There are a number of goals included in the plan, but the foremost goal is to have the United States cut back emissions. The hope is to transition to 100 percent renewable resources as well as zero emission energy sources. Estimates of when this goal will be reached vary between 2030 and 2050.
Additionally, it wants to bring an end to nuclear power. It has been a topic that environmentalists disagree with for quite some time. Nuclear is known to have a major impact on global climate. With an end to this, they want to spur growth in the areas of solar and wind power. These sources have little to no impact on the climate.
Along with change to energy sources and resources, the plan calls for change in transportation. It creates incentives and encourages production of electric cars. Plans are included to implement a new system of high speed rails and other high technology public transportation. The end goal is the get rid of all combustible-engine cars.
However, the deal’s points do not just surround the climate. It also includes changes to improve social issues. There are points aimed to protect the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people. Also included are ways to provide equal and high quality education in vulnerable areas.
Within the deal are aspects that promise universal healthcare and fair minimum wages. It also suggests that it will provide a way for equal access to clean air, water and food. With these things, they hope to address the poverty in the country.
As with any government deal, there are the negatives. The main argument people have against the plan is the cost. People involved estimate that it may cost up to $30 trillion. But Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is to increase the taxes on America’s wealthiest to pay for the deal.
Many representatives and senators have backed Ocasio-Cortez in her proposal. Ed Markey, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, is closely working on the plan. There are 60 U.S. Representative co-sponsors and nine Senate co-sponsors.
This plan is still being put together and not agreed upon by all. It is set to be voted upon within the next few months, but one thing is for sure, if it is put into place, it will bring big changes to climate policy.
Source: The Weekly Standard