Up to Speed on the Green New Deal

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Maxwell Bernstein | October 28, 2020

The Green New Deal is a simple, non-binding congressional resolution that states the government’s role in tackling climate change. 

The resolution focuses on the government’s recognition that climate change is caused by human activity, along with recognizing the racial and socioeconomic inequalities that will be exacerbated by climate change. 

The deal proposes a plan to combat climate change and to go net-zero by 2050 through investing in green energy, high-wage jobs, and upgrading infrastructure to be more efficient and environmentally safe. 

The Green New Deal is based on the October 2018 report entitled, Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 oC, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment.

The resolution was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-New York and Senator Edward J. Markey D-Massachusetts on Feb. 7, 2019, and was ultimately shot down by the Senate on Mar. 15, 2019. 

With the election in 6 days, politicians on all levels of government are proposing legislation that is based on the Green New Deal. President Trump outwardly does not endorse the Green New Deal and has said the deal would cost more money and turn the United States into “a Ninth World country.” Former Vice President Joe Biden laid out a $2 trillion plan that he supports over the specifics of the Green New Deal. 

To read about the policies, plans, and specifics of each presidential candidate, follow this link.