Green New Deal Overview Updated May 13, 2019

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February 2019 - May 2019


The Green New Deal is a non-binding resolution that was introduced in US Congress in February 2018. It is a framework of ideas and targets, designed to provide a vision of how to transition the US to a future of renewable energy and zero emission transportation, in the service of mitigating future climate change while fueling economic growth. It encompasses a wide variety of related factors, from emission targets to environmental concerns to job creation.

It was introduced by US Congress members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, and earned the support of a number of Democratic presidential candidates in 2018.

Green New Deal Stories May 13

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” tackled the Green New Deal and carbon pricing on Sunday night’s recent episode, bringing further mainstream attention to climate issues and ideas, and confronting a number of bad faith arguments in the process.

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Green New Deal Stories May 11

In this edition of Climate Change Weekly:

  • A new report finds nature on an unprecedented decline, with accelerating extinction rates.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seeking “middle ground” climate policy.
  • Iceland is using a new method to fight climate change.
  • The more Republicans hear about the Green New Deal, the more they decide they don’t like it.
  • Ireland follows the UK in declaring a climate emergency.
  • And more…

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Green New Deal Stories April 3

A number of Democrats are now considering proposing various policies on climate change, including clean energy mandates and carbon pricing. And many of these Dems are purposely keeping their distance from the Green New Deal.

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Green New Deal Stories March 26

In a move motivated more by politics than attempts to find legislative solutions, Senate Republicans put the Green New Deal up for a vote on Tuesday, and the results were unsurprising. All Republicans (and a few Democrats) voted “no,” and the rest of the Democrats simply marked their vote as “present.”

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Green New Deal Stories March 21

The Green New Deal might seem like it would garner enthusiastic support among clean energy companies, but those industries are thus far reluctant to publicly endorse the resolution.

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U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced his own climate change plan today in the hopes of attracting bipartisan support, including those in the GOP reluctant to embrace any sort of climate plan.

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Green New Deal Stories March 20

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler appeared on CBS for the first network interview since his confirmation, and while he acknowledged the human contribution to climate change, he also said most threats are “50 to 75 years out.”

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Green New Deal Stories March 14

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry made waves at an energy conference on Wednesday, saying he’s interested in “getting together and having a conversation” with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the Green New Deal.

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Green New Deal Stories March 11

Today in EGEB, a small Massachusetts city shifts from coal to solar. The conservative mayor of a 100 percent renewable Texas town talks about the Green New Deal. College Republicans want their party to tackle climate change. And Michigan’s largest wind farm comes online. expand full story

Green New Deal Stories February 7

The wait is over. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are ready to formally introduce a resolution Thursday for a “Green New Deal.”

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