Congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), reintroduced the Green New Deal on Tuesday, a sweeping progressive legislative agenda designed to fundamentally transform the U.S. economy to end capitalism while promoting so-called racial, economic, and climate “justice.”
“Not only do we refuse to leave any community behind but those who have been left behind come first,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference announcing the reintroduction of the Green New Deal. “We’re going to transition to a 100% carbon-free economy that is more unionized, more just, more dignified and that guarantees more health care and housing than we’ve ever had before. That’s our goal.”
More than 100 Democrats are co-sponsoring the reintroduction of the Green New Deal resolution in the House, which comes ahead of a virtual international summit hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss climate change on Earth Day, this Friday.
While President Biden’s administration has not officially endorsed the Green New Deal, the president has signed several executive actions to curb U.S. oil and gas production and increase renewable energy production.
Sen. Markey urged Biden to be willing to go further to address climate change.
“We are going to be calling for the highest aspirations that our country can reach,” he said Tuesday. “We want to go big. Even bigger.”
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Ocasio-Cortez first introduced the Green New Deal in 2019 as a nonbinding resolution in the House that broadly outlined a Democratic legislative agenda to remake the economy. The plan sets a goal of “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” which will be met after a “10-year national mobilization” that would restructure government social programs, vastly expand government power to centrally plan the economy, and dramatically increase federal taxes and spending to fund it all.
The Green New Deal calls for “100 percent of the power demand in the United States” to be met through “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy