Rome was not built in a day. Like many other visionary proposals which were not enacted immediately, A Green New Deal sets a path forward toward meaningful and just climate policies. It starts the discussion on setting the goals and objectives necessary to address the most important issue of our time. With refinement and the addition of implementation actions it can be ready by 2020 when hopefully there will be a receptive congress and president.
Yesterday, a resolution sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) was introduced in the House “recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.” Earlier this week two key committees held their first climate change hearings.
Our existential threat can be dealt with via a two-track system. The more immediate concerns and ones that might have a chance of passage can be addressed by various congressional committees, particularly the Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ CD 6) and its subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change. The necessary action steps and time-lines can be debated and finalized based on the Green New Deal.
Scientists from NASA announced Wednesday that 2018 was the Earth’s fourth-warmest year since record-keeping began about 140 years ago. The warmest year of all was 2016, followed in order by 2017 and 2015; the fifth-warmest was 2014. Eugene Robinson says, “Anyone who is not deliberately being obtuse can see the pattern.”
Asked about the “Green New Deal” in an interview with Politico on Wednesday, Speaker Pelosi dropped this amazing bit of shade on it: “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
Coming from California, probably the most environmentally progressive state, Pelosi’s dismissal of this plan is disappointing. She is perhaps right in saying “nobody knows what it is,” However, rather than just being “one of several suggestions,” it can serve as the basis upon which we can coalesce. It is now up to us to take this blueprint seriously and build on it so that there is a masterplan – a clear 10-year directive designed to help save our planet.
Contact your Representative and read the resolution here.