Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) have introduced a Green New Deal resolution in the Senate and House of Representatives that proposes massive investment in the US in green energy.
Senator Markey said of the proposal, “We need massive renewable energy deployment. Wind, solar, offshore wind, storage, batteries.”
Apart from Senator Markey and Representative Ocasio-Cortez, co-sponsors of the Green New Deal resolution include Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-Calif), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn).
“The sun is setting on the dirty energy of the past. Today marks the dawn of a new era of climate action,” said Senator Markey, who is co-Chair of the Senate Climate Task Force. “Our Green New Deal resolution outlines an historic 10-year mobilisation that will mitigate climate emissions and build climate resiliency. We can create high-quality jobs and enforce labour standards, guarantee rights to retirement security and healthcare, and conduct inclusive decision-making in this Green New Deal. I thank Representative Ocasio-Cortez for her partnership and leadership on this resolution, and I look forward to elevating the issue of climate change as the highest of Congressional priorities.”
Senator Gillibrand said “Climate change is real, it threatens us, and the evidence is now irrefutable that if we don’t act immediately to stop it, then our land, our water, our air, and our lives will all be upended in potentially catastrophic ways. There will be no going back. I urge my colleagues to rise to this challenge, prevent the catastrophe, and pass a Green New Deal that protects and strengthens our country in this new, uncertain era.”
Among other things the Green New Deal lays out goals and projects for a 10-year ‘national mobilisation’ to build resiliency against climate change-related disasters; repair and upgrade infrastructure; meet 100% of power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources; and build or upgrade to energy-efficient, distributed and ‘smart’ power grids.
You can read the Green New Deal resolution here.