On Wednesday, February 7, Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a federal resolution to recognize a “duty” of the federal government to create a Green New Deal (GND). This blog discussed the GND in a post on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on January 31.

Addressing climate change may be a primary focus of the resolution, but “green” is perhaps a misnomer, as the resolution calls for action on issues well beyond climate or the environment generally. To effectuate the GND, the resolution calls for measures, among other things, including:

Creating jobs, including “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, and retirement security to all people of the United States”
“Building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food”
“Providing all people of the United States with high-quality health care”
“Providing all people of the United States with affordable, safe, and adequate housing”
Stopping “historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth”
Assuring “universal access to healthy food”
“Strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment.”
Ensuring “access to nature”
Stopping eminent domain abuse
Assuring business competition that is “free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies; and
“Providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States”

Among its climate-related and environmental ambitions, the GND calls, among other things, for:

A “10-year national mobilization”
“Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible”
“Guaranteeing universal access to clean water”
“Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources”
“Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States”
“Working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector”
“Overhauling transportation systems,” including through investment in zero emission vehicle infrastructure, public transit, and high-speed rail
Restoring ecosystems
Cleaning up hazardous waste sites
Addressing clean air and water generally, and protecting public lands, waters, and oceans
Investment through public sources and institutions
Providing worker training

Such broad proposals often face difficulty attracting sufficient consensus to gain approval. The resolution is attached here.


John Stewart
Editor, OutdoorWire.com
Resources Consultant, California Four Wheel Drive Association
Board of Directors, BlueRibbon Coalition