Green New Deal
We need this now more than ever before.
The current pandemic has taught us just how fragile our economy is. Over 8 million people slipped into poverty since May. To add insult to economic injury, America’s richest gained almost $1 trillion in wealth.
Key points from the Green New Deal are:
Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis.
Ensure a just transition for communities and workers, including fossil fuel workers.
Ensure justice for frontline communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly.
Save American families money with investments in weatherization, public transportation, modern infrastructure and high-speed broadband.
Commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, including providing $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and reasserting the United States’ leadership in the global fight against climate change.
Invest in conservation and public lands to heal our soils, forests, and prairie lands.
End the greed of the fossil fuel industry and hold them accountable. (Source)
We need to stop viewing this as a radical left-wing agenda and start viewing it as a necessity for our country and planet’s future. The need to implement the Green New Deal could not be more urgent than it is right now. Creating millions of good-paying jobs, providing communities with high-speed broadband, and fighting climate change are defining moments in our nation’s history.
Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is reluctant to fully support the version sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, even though his key points are almost identical:
The Biden Plan will:
Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
Build a stronger, more resilient nation.
Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change.
Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities.
Fulfill our obligation to workers and communities who powered our industrial revolution and subsequent decades of economic growth. (Source)
Elected officials need to stop playing games, work towards America’s energy independence, and reclaim our place as the world’s technology leader. Until we have elected officials with the guts to fight for a Green New Deal, I fear we will continue to cause irreversible damage to our country, economy, and the planet.