A LOOK AT DIFFERENT PLANS
Our organization strongly feels that our country needs a Green New Deal. So it's great that the discussion is now finally happening.
Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. There are several plans out there, but the term 'Green New Deal' is broadly understood as a rapid transition to a clean energy economy with a jobs program and a stronger social safety net. There is also an emphasis on decarbonizing the economy.
There has been increasing international pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (like carbon and methane) after a report came out from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stating that humanity has just over a decade to get carbon emissions under control before catastrophic climate change impacts become unavoidable. (And in many ways, the damage has already been done). But there is definitely a great need to take action before the situation gets worse.
And even China, which is currently an environmental disaster, is pushing renewable energy policies. (Truth-out). So it's time that the United States does the same.
We have posted several of the prominent groups working on a Green New Deal plan below. The details of this need to be ironed out. But it's great that these plans are finally being put together and publicized.
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND THE GREEN NEW DEAL COMMITTEE
After the 2018 midterm elections, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a resolution to create a committee on the Green New Deal.
By the end of November, eighteen Democratic members of Congress were co-sponsoring a proposed House Select Committee on a Green New Deal, and incoming representatives Ayanna Pressley and Joe Neguse had announced their support. Draft text would task this committee with a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan capable of making the U.S. economy carbon neutral' while promoting economic and environmental justice and equality, to be released in early 2020, with draft legislation for implementation within 90 days.
H.Res.109 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (Read Ocasio-Cortez Deal Here)
Chief of Staff (Formerly with Justice Democrats)
Justice Democrats is an American progressive political action committee that has the goal of getting more progressive democrats elected to Congress. The group helped engineer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric rise. They have supported her Green New Deal, along with policies such as a 70% tax on the super wealthy.
Two of Justice Democrats' founders, Saikat Chakrabarti and Corbin Trent, are senior staffers in her office. And Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, served on the board of Justice Democrats until he recently resigned.
THE SUNRISE MOVEMENT
A week after the 2018 midterm elections, climate justice group Sunrise Movement organized a protest in Nancy Pelosi's office calling on Nancy Pelosi to support a Green New Deal.
Part of The Sunrise Movement's Green New Deal plan is the following:
Expand existing renewable power sources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100% of national power demand through renewable sources.
Build a national, energy-efficient, smart grid.
Upgrade every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety.
Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries, including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country.
Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water.
Fund massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases.
Make “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.
DATA FOR PROGRESS
Data for Progress is a think tank that has laid out their own vision of a green new deal.
Here are some of the goals they have stated in their report:
100% clean and renewable electricity by 2035
Zero net emissions from energy by 2050
100% net-zero building energy standards by 2030
100% zero emission passenger vehicles by 2030
100% fossil-free transportation by 2050
Making clean air and clean water a national right.
Cutting methane leakage 50% by 2025
And there are many more that can be read below in Data For Progress's full report.
A LETTER FROM MORE THAN 600 DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TO CONGRESS
Recently, more than 600 organizations, mostly environmental groups, have joined together to show their support for a "Green New Deal" in the United States. They sent a letter to Congress detailing today's urgent climate threat, and the immediacy of the response required.
The letter sent to Congress makes the following demands:
Halt all fossil fuel leasing, phase out all fossil fuel extraction, and end fossil fuel and other dirty energy subsidies.
Transition power generation to 100% renewable energy.
Expand public transportation and phase out fossil fuel vehicles.
Harness the full power of the Clean Air Act.
Ensure a Just Transition led by impacted communities and workers.
THE NEW CONSENSUS
A policy group is being formed to support the progressive support for a Green New Deal.
The policy group is called "The New Consensus." The 501c(3) nonprofit will provide a policy platform that will underpin a Green New Deal. The two leaders of this group will be Desmond Drummer and Rhiana Gunn-Wright.
Demond Drummer is an organizer and tech guru, who is also the co-founder and executive director of CoderSpace, a youth tech mentoring and education program on Chicago's South Side.
Rhiana Gunn-Wright is a Yale graduate and Rhodes scholar. She served as a policy director for the campaign of Democrat Abdul El-Sayed, a first-time candidate who captured the attention of progressives across the nation in the Michigan Democratic gubernatorial primary. El-Sayed ran on an ambitious clean energy platform that called for a shift to all renewables by 2030.
Her LinkedIn also lists her as a design research fellow at ECMC (Educational Credit Management Corporation), a nonprofit operating in the area student loan bankruptcy management and loan collection.
Part of The New Consensus's plan is to do the following:
Set up a Climate Mobilization Office, ramping up funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, the Energy Department's research arm.
Create a "Green Bank," a public bank that would be used to invest in zero-carbon technologies under development in the public and private sector that need to be commercialized.
Decarbonize the economy by creating green jobs
Find ways for all sectors of the U.S. Economy to benefit from a carbonless or zero-carbon economy.
The book describes a program for building a global clean energy economy while expanding job opportunities and economic well-being.
In this book, the economist Robert Pollin shows that the objectives of a Green New Deal are possible.
Green New Deal (Wikipedia)
The Green New Deal Is Happening in China (Truth Out, 1-14-19)
A Call for the Food Movement to Get Behind the Green New Deal (Common Dreams, 1-14-19)
The Green New Deal, explained (Vox, 1-7-19)
Ocasio-Cortez-backed Green New Deal sees surprising momentum in House (Think Progress, 11-28-18)
Meet the scholar crafting the 'Green New Deal' (E&E News, 11-27-18)
Michael Bloomberg Versus the Green New Deal (Truth-out, 2-10-19)