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Progressives Reintroduce Green New Deal for Earth Day

Progressives in the United States House of Representatives and Senate on Tuesday reintroduced the Green New Deal as citizens all over the world geared up to celebrate Earth Day.

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“We’re going to transition to a 100 percent carbon free-economy, that is more unionized, more just, more dignified and guarantees more health care and housing than we ever have before,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), one of the Green New Deal’s co-sponsors in the House, said at a press conference on the National Mall. “Do we intend on sending a message to the Biden administration that we need to go bigger and bolder? The answer is absolutely yes.”

Senator Ed Markey, who backed the measure in Congress’s upper chamber, stressed the importance of implementing aggressive policies to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for future generations.

“For the past two years, it has been proven that the Green New Deal isn’t just a resolution — it is a revolution,” Markey said. “Do we want to go beyond even what Joe Biden has proposed? The answer is yes. We believe that this is the moment that requires us to act big, think big, have a program that matches the magnitude of the problem that we’re confronted with. And to do so with justice.”

The Green New Deal is a “10-year national mobilization” plan that aims to “achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers; to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century; to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come; clean air and water; climate and community resiliency; healthy food; access to nature; a sustainable environment; to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, 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.”

The full text is available here.

That message has been heard loud and clear by President Joe Biden and his young administration. On Thursday, Biden issued a formal proclamation recognizing April 22 as Earth Day.

“My Administration is advancing the most ambitious climate agenda in our Nation’s history.  Our clean energy plan will create millions of good-paying union jobs, ensure our economic competitiveness, and improve the health and security of communities across America.  By making those investments and putting millions of Americans to work, the United States will be able to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030,” the White House said in a press release.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2021, as Earth Day.  I encourage all Americans to engage in programs and activities that will promote an understanding of environmental protection, the urgency of climate change, and the need to create a healthier, safer, more equitable future for all people,” the president said.

The full text is available here.

Biden also committed the United States to cuttings its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in a speech at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate.



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