Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal


"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

The document states it is the "duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal", claiming America has "historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions".

What's being called a "Green New Deal", a wide-ranging effort to tackle climate change, with overtones of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's sweeping 1933 New Deal to counter the Great Depression, will be unveiled by Democrats Sen.

"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The ambitious proposal calls not just for a massive overhaul of the nation's energy sector, but also investments in the country's education and health care systems and a redesign of the entire US economy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel. The deal "recognizes that a new national, social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal is a historic opportunity", the House resolution states.

Ultimately, the Green New Deal focuses on the alarming findings of recent climate change reports - increasing numbers of natural disasters like wildfires, droughts and floods all because of rising levels of greenhouse gases; mass migration expected from affected regions; more than $500 billion in lost output by 2100 - and suggests massive solutions, like bringing greenhouse gas emissions all the way down to net-zero.

It would also direct the government to take steps to stop and prevent the oppression of, and promote justice and equity for, the so-called frontline and vulnerable communities, including indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

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The Green New Deal will be "accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization".

Nearly as an afterthought, the resolution called for providing "all people of the United States" with "high-quality health care", as well as affordable housing, economic security, and access to clean air, water, "healthy and affordable food, and nature".

The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.

It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".

Labor unions would receive a large slice of the pie: the resolutions would ensure "high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages", strengthen union collective-bargaining rights, and guarantee "a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States".

The Green New Deal "must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultations".

While calling for the elimination of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and construction, the resolution contains no mention of bans or regulation, as other plans have described.

However, in a supplemental document of frequently asked questions about the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez's office explains the goal is to replace "every combustion-engine vehicle" in the country, which would include planes and automobiles. Some proposals have set the goal to converting the entire USA economy to renewable energy within 12 years and eliminating the carbon footprint by 2030. Renewable energy now accounts for just 17 percent of electricity generation nationally.