Green New Deal: Aggressive Goals Or Delusional Thinking?

Last week freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (GND).”

The proposal initially caused an uproar after Ocasio-Cortez’s office sent a copy of the resolution and a FAQ to media outlets. Some noted that it would practically mean eliminating air travel, eating steaks, and that it contained a number of progressive agenda items having nothing to do with energy or the environment.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the confusion with a tweet and linked to the bill itself: “There are multiple doctored GND resolutions and FAQs floating around. There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there.”

Confusion aside, the bill is vague on details but the gist is that it calls for a massive 10-year mobilization plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the U.S. and “create economic prosperity for all.”


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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs