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Posted: 2019-02-11 15:25:04

February 7, 2019; Vox

Since the 2018 elections, calls for a Green New Deal have gained ground. Last December, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called the Green New Deal “the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation.”

But what might it look like? Many questions remain, but a bill introduced last week by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Ocasio-Cortez “lays out the goals, aspirations, and specifics of the program in a more definitive way,” writes David Roberts in Vox. The bill text in 14 pages provides an outline of what a Green New Deal might look like.

The resolution contains four sections: First, a preamble highlights the dual challenge of climate change and economic inequality; second, a list of five primary goals; then, a list of 14 climate projects; and, finally, a list of 15 equity principles to guide the work.

The bill is designed to be a sketch. Notably, it does not propose to budget funds. In essence, the bill seeks to outline goals and guide future legislation.

Still, the bill plays an important role in making more specific what a Green New Deal, if enacted down the road, might look like. The five main goals are:

(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;

(B) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;

(C) to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;

(D) to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come—

(i) clean air and water;

(ii) climate and community resiliency;

(iii) healthy food;

(iv) access to nature; and

(v) a sustainable environment; and

(E) to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers,

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