Now that a joint Resolution for a Green New Deal (GND) has been introduced in the House and Senate, political strategies are emerging. Republicans seem delighted to portray the GND as an example of extreme ideas related to climate change, and governmental overreach.
As said in the Rolling Stone article below, “We sit at the nexus of protest organizing and electoral politics.“
That is why this is a critical time for you Congressional representatives to hear what you think about the GND. This link takes you to a website that will help you write a letter to your Senators asking them to support the Green New Deal.
Many Democrats are saying they support the GND, while others, mostly from states with fossil fuel industries, find themselves in a difficult position. That is why I think these divisions within the Democratic party might eventually force conservative Democrats to form their own group, or join Republicans.
Earlier this week Senator Mitch McConnell said he would bring the Resolution for a Green New Deal to the floor of the Senate for a vote. His intention is to make it uncomfortable for some Senators to vote for the Resolution (e.g. those from coal producing, fracking or oil drilling states) and, he hopes, show how little support there actually is for a Green New Deal.
Following is from an article in POLITICO about Senator Schumer’s response.
Schumer said the “amazing irony” of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bringing up a resolution Republicans intend to vote against is a sign of why the American people hate Congress. He demanded the Kentucky Republican acknowledge the scientific consensus around climate change and commit the chamber to tackling the problem.Schumer slams ‘stunt’ Green New Deal vote as moderates fret, By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, POLITICO, 2/14/2019
“I challenge Leader McConnell to say that our climate change crisis is real, that it’s caused by humans, and that Congress needs to act,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “This is what two-thirds of the American people agree with.”
Schumer’s clap back comes on the heels of McConnell saying his chamber would vote on the ambitious Green New Deal resolution floated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). That move is expected to show internal divisions within the Democratic caucus about how to tackle climate change with some lawmakers recoiling at the resolution’s aim of decarbonizing the U.S. economy within a decade.
In an interview with Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, Rolling Stone asks, “how did you go from an upstart group to suddenly putting ‘the Green New Deal’ on everyone’s lips?”
At Sunrise, our tagline is: building an army of young people to stop the climate crisis and create millions of new jobs for our generation. And we largely do this by exposing the urgency of the crisis, and relentlessly demanding the solutions we actually need to solve the crisis. We sit at the nexus of protest organizing and electoral politics. An example of protest organizing would be the action that we did at Nancy Pelosi’s office. And an example of the electoral organizing: This past summer we ran a massive youth program, 75 people full-time, from June through November, to get climate champions elected to office and to create a pro-climate-action majority in Congress and in statehouses across the country. We contacted a quarter of a million voters. And we got 19 out of our 30 endorsed candidates elected. We’ve been working to kick fossil-fuel funded politicians out of office, and working really hard to elect climate champions into the halls of power like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A lot of people ask us, “How are you going to get a massive program like this passed in the next two years? That’s impossible!” Yes, we agree. That’s completely impossible. We’re not trying to push any type of legislation through in this Congress.Getting to the Bottom of the Green New Deal: A new activist group, the Sunrise Movement, has partnered with rising Democratic stars like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to push the ambitious policy into the national conversation, by TIM DICKINSON, Rolling Stone, 1/7/2019
But we need to start laying the groundwork. We need to start building the governing coalition that will actually come together and agree on the types of policies for what an actual plan around the Green New Deal could look like. Simultaneously, we need to think about how we’re going to put people into political office who will champion such a thing, and take out the people who will be major obstructionists to it.
We cannot afford to do only one of those things. This plan cannot work if we don’t both build the governing power and also develop the plan far in advance. Both of those things need to be done simultaneously.
This link takes you to a website that will help you write a letter to your Senators asking them to support the Green New Deal.