Green New Deal: Origins and federal legislation

In late 2018 people started talking about the basic ideas that were developed into the February 2019 federal legislation for a Green New Deal — a fairly comprehensive framework that would promote:

  • Bold actions to protect the environment and climate

  • New “green” jobs with good wages

  • Improvements for local communities, housing, infrastructure, etc.

  • And more

FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s addressed a variety of issues in positive ways.  Likewise, the Green New Deal would do that nowadays with special emphasis on benefiting the environment and climate.

 

I will post information to my blog about creative ways to fund the Green New Deal, including ways that were discussed in late 2018.

Here is information about the federal legislation was introduced on February 7, 2019.  All of these early articles came out on February 7, 8 and 9:

 

On February 7, 2019, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her Green New Deal resolution in the House.  Read this:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/07/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-plan?fbclid=IwAR0MJ4TgL13HRH6FRXscx1oqlQvF49UrYZC5-wi_epP2_gwRZGSA6nImb0E

 

On the next day (Feb. 8), Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen organization (www.citizen.org) urged people to contact their Congress members to support the Green New Deal.  Besides AOC’s House resolution, U.S. Senator Ed Markey introduced a similar resolution in the Senate.  Here is a summary of what Public Citizen said:

This is the most ambitious climate plan — and perhaps the most ambitious economic justice reform — to ever come before the U.S. Congress.
Urge your member of Congress to support this sweeping and historic proposal.   The resolution calls for:

• 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2035;

• A national jobs guarantee that provides a living-wage job to anybody who needs one;

• A just transition for both workers and frontline communities.

Contact your U.S. House member using this easy link:  https://publiccitizen.salsalabs.org/greennewdealcalls0208/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1ed2f0c4-2f97-45b3-9cf3-03716290679c

 

Read this article about the Green New Deal:  https://www.ecowatch.com/green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-2628265318.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=e47d8afff1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-e47d8afff1-85369701

 

Sign a petition to Congress at this link: bit.ly/resolution4gnd

 

This article supports a strong Green New Deal:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/8/1833212/-What-do-Green-New-Deal-naysayers-propose-for-dealing-with-the-climate-crisis-Thoughts-and-prayers?detail=emaildkre

 

Here is another early article supporting the Green New Deal:  https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07022019/green-new-deal-alexanria-ocasio-cortez-ed-markey-climate-change?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=75ee654a8b-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-75ee654a8b-327502737

 

This early article also supports the Green New Deal as an important way to save Planet Earth:  https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/07/green-new-deal-what-our-planet-has-been-waiting?fbclid=IwAR2qTNdbZyecMDWVJ95Fj0vyZmOUtHM7h1yZfsAbX3LPKI

 

All of these articles I’ve posted here came from February 7, 8 and 9, 2019.  Here is another one from February 9:  https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/02/critics-of-the-green-new-deal-dismissed-it-as-a-marketing-ploy-aoc-just-showed-them-its-for-real/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=political-mojo-2019-02-08

 

 

I’ll post more information about the Green New Deal in subsequent posts.  Those posts will discuss what the Green New Deal might include, how to pay for it, why it deserves widespread support, and so forth.  Look for those posts.