Two Democratic lawmakers unveiled a set of economic and environmental changes to the United States economy on Thursday morning in a package they’re dubbing the “Green New Deal.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) published a more comprehensive idea of what the Green New Deal would entail. Previous discussions of such a drastic undertaking of the economy were vague, and didn’t explain much about what reforms in the package may look like, but the document put out this week by the lawmakers goes into much greater detail, according to reporting from NPR.
In releasing the framework for the Green New Deal on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey provide a more nuanced idea for what their aims may be.
The Green New Deal, broadly speaking, would revitalize the U.S. economy with the hopes of creating a huge swath of new jobs related to the overall goal of reducing carbon emissions in the country.
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The bold steps include, among other ideas:
- upgrading existing buildings in U.S. to become more energy efficient;
- cooperating with farmers “to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions… as much as is technologically feasible” as well as working with family farms to promote “universal access to healthy food;”
- expanding electric car production and installing “charging stations everywhere;”
- expanding high-speed rail to “a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary;”
- guaranteeing every American “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security;”
- And providing every American with a means toward having reliable and affordable health care.
Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s package would also aim for a carbon-neutral economy within the next 10 years. In doing so, the lawmakers state that they have high hopes for changing society and the world for the better — though they noted that it’s not the end-all solution to climate change that’s needed.
“Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” Ocasio-Cortez said. But the goals of the Green New Deal “could be part of a larger solution,” she added.
The economic package will likely face severe opposition. The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate won’t likely pass any bill with such ambitious changes, and even Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is skeptical of the plan.
And yet it appears to be a plan that has strong support from the American people. According to a poll conducted jointly by George Mason University and Yale University, more than 80 percent of Americans supported a general idea of a Green New Deal, even before the details of the concept were released on Thursday, HCN reported last month.
Read the document released by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey below:Green-New-Deal-FINAL