The Green New Deal was released in the U.S. House of Representatives February 7, 2019 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-MA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). This fourteen page resolution “recognizes the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal” and pushes for transitioning the United States to use 100% green renewable energy by 2030.
It cites human activity as a cause for climate change resulting in global warming, “wildfires, severe storms, droughts that threaten human life, healthy communities and critical infrastructure.”
The Green New Deal would “counteract systemic injustices” such as hourly wage stagnation, erosion of earnings and bargaining power, large racial wealth divide, and the gender earnings gap, primarily in “frontline and vulnerable communities.” It also pushes for “stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth,” again referred to as “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
The document refers to the “social cost of carbon” that had been part of the Obama admi ...