The Green New Deal began to attract national attention on November 13, 2018, when over 250 Sunrise Movement protesters staged a sit-in at Speaker Pelosi’s office. They were joined by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who later spoke about how nervous she was then. Eventually 51 protesters were arrested. On December 10th there were Sunrise sit-ins at Speaker Pelosi and Jim McGovern’s offices. Over 1,000 showed up with about 138 being arrested.
As noted at the end of this post, now that these Resolutions have been introduced in the House and the Senate, this week is the time to contact your congressional representatives to support the Green New Deal.
The House Resolution (H.RES.109) Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal was introduced 2/7/2019. The same day the same resolution was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Ed Markey, S.Res.59 – This was referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.
Following is the bill summary from www.congress.gov
H.Res.109 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Sponsor: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Education and Labor; Transportation and Infrastructure; Agriculture; Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Judiciary; Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform
Last action: House – 02/07/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Education and Labor, Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of:
- achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions;
- establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all;
- investing in infrastructure and industry;
- securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and
- promoting justice and equality.
The resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including:
- building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods);
- upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency;
- removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors;
- cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;
- ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and
- providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.
The following is from the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
It (Green New Deal Resolution) emphasizes that frontline and vulnerable communities must not be harmed by the transition to a green economy, and specifically seeks to promote justice and equity for “indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhouse, people with disabilities, and youth.” Other economic goals are named, including rights to labor organizing, quality healthcare, good-paying jobs, housing, and access to essential resources like healthy food and clean water, among others.
Green New Deal Resolution Introduced in Congress By Emily Wirzba, February 8, 2019
FCNL welcomes such an ambitious plan, as the crisis of climate change requires ambition and urgent action. We are inspired and encouraged by the groundswell of activism, particularly youth-led engagement, that has recently coalesced around the need for bold action. An engaged and activated movement is necessary to ensure our government responds to the threat of climate change in a timely and effective manner. We appreciate the importance of legislators crafting policy at the speed and scale needed to address the problem.
On December 16, 2018, Bear Creek Friends Meeting approved the following Minute: Bear Creek Friends Meeting supports the idea of a Green New Deal, including the establishment of a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal.
Sunrise Movement: Operation Green New Deal Blitz
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced a Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal. If resolutions get enough cosponsors, they can become a major driver of the policy debate! If not, they can get lost in the political shuffle and fade into oblivion.sunrisemovement.org/gnd
That’s why from Feb. 11-13, we are going to show up in person at our Senators’ and Representatives’ offices and ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution.
If every representative gets office visits from dozens of their constituents, it will send shockwaves through the halls of Congress.