Thousands of young people from the Sunrise Movement are flooding the U.S. Capitol now to ask legislators to support the Green New Deal.
A House Select Committee for a Green New Deal
What is the House Select Committee for a Green New Deal?
The House Select Committee for a Green New Deal would be charged with “developing a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become carbon neutral and to significantly draw down and capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.”
A proposal to form this Select Committee was proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on November 13, 2018. The full text is available here: http://jdems.us/gnd
Which Members of Congress have come out in support of a Select Committee for a Green New Deal?
As of Sunday, December 9th, 22 Members of Congress have made statements of support:
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
- Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
- Ro Khanna (CA-17)
- Deb Haaland (NM-01)
- Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
- Joe Neguse (CO-02)
- Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
- Jose Serrano (NY-15)
- John Lewis (GA-05)
- Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
- Jared Huffman (CA-02)
- Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
- Ted Lieu (CA-33)
- Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
- Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
- Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
- Mike Levin (CA-49)
- Jackie Speier (CA-14)
- Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
- Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
- Gerry Connolly (VA-11)`
- Katherine Clark (MA-05)
Over 145 organizations are also supporting the resolution.
See the list at: http://sunrisemovement.org/gnd
How can I show my support?
Posting a tweet is the best way way to show support for a Green New Deal.
- See this example from Ro Khanna, this from Deb Haaland, or this from Gerry Connolly.
- Here’s a sample tweet: I’m proud to support @Ocasio2018, @justicedems, & @sunrisemvmt’s Select Committee for a #GreenNewDeal. I encourage all my colleagues to do the same. More info here: http://jdems.us/gnd
What is a Green New Deal?
In short, a Green New Deal is a sweeping overhaul of the economy away from fossil fuel towards 100% clean energy that centers equity in its solutions.
The proposal outlines the following goals:
- Dramatically expand existing renewable power sources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100% of national power demand through from renewable sources;
- Building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid;
- upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety;
- eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries, including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country;
- eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water;
- funding massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases;
- making “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.
How will a Green New Deal ensure that resources are justly and equitably distributed?
The proposal states that a Green New Deal is a “historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.” The proposal lays out a number of policies to “mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth,” including a federal jobs guarantee, universal healthcare, and a universal basic income.
What is significant about a Green New Deal?
According to Vox columnist David Roberts, the proposal represents “the first time in US history that a Democrat has proposed a plan for addressing climate change that actually scales to the problem and has some chance of influencing the party’s agenda.”
What is the timeline for such a program?
The full scale plan for a Green New Deal would be completed no later than January 1, 2020, with a finalized draft of legislation ready no later than March 1, 2020. Each goal is to be met within a target window of 10 years after the start of the execution of the Green New Deal.
Who can I contact for more information?Members of Congress and their staff can contact Sunrise Political Director Evan Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-224-0644