The Green New Deal is the non-binding resolution introduced by representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey to highlight the importance of climate change and the need to find ways to combat global warming as well as providing a better standard of living for most people. A major goal is to achieve a 100% conversion to renewable energy by 2030. You can read the resolution here. Here is a summary of the main points.
- Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions via a “fair and just transition for communities and workers”
- Creation of millions of “good, high-wage jobs”
- Investment in infrastructure and industry
- Prevention and repair of “historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities”
- A goal for 100 percent renewable energy in the U.S.
- Clean air and water, climate resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and “a sustainable environment for all for generations to come”
- Investments in buildings to make them more energy efficient
- “Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible”
- “Universal access” to clean water
Here is a more detailed description of some of the ideas being suggested.
Of course, that freaks out the right wing even though the ideas in it poll very favorably, even among Republicans.
Samantha Bee looks at the deal and their response.