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house Bill H. Res. 109

Should the House Call for a 'Green New Deal' to Fight Climate Change and Income Inequality?

Argument in favor

Climate change and income inequality are two of the greatest threats facing America. Enacting a massive transformation of our society like this Green New Deal is the best way to achieve that, not only through cutting emissions, investing in clean energy, and upgrading infrastructure but by guaranteeing economic security for all Americans — particularly those from vulnerable communities. This may be a non-binding resolution, but its passage would be a positive step toward the realization of a Green New Deal.

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02/08/2019
Climate change is real and needs to be addressed. We need clean, renewable energy. There is no time to waste.
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Ken's Opinion
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02/08/2019
We as a country should strive to make our environment one that is safe for all. The jobs this endeavour would create would be significant. As far as wages are concerned if people were paid according to how hard they work our pay scale would probably be turned upside down. Everyone should receive a living wage at the least.
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02/08/2019
Climate change is real. Just look at what happened with the polar vortex dip this past week. Think of the jet streams as a rubber band holding some watermelons (low pressure cold snaps) back. If you heat the rubber band, it weakens and the watermelons dip out of the rubber band. We must work to keep the jet stream strong by reducing our carbon footprint.
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Argument opposed

The Green New Deal suggested by this resolution is a massive transformation of our society that comes with tremendous costs. It sets unrealistic goals like eliminating all energy derived from fossil fuel & nuclear power while upgrading or replacing every building in America over the course of a decade. And it goes well beyond environmental policies by calling for guaranteed “economic security for those willing or unwilling to work.” Alternatively, this bill is non-binding and wouldn’t make any real progress in achieving its stated goals.

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02/08/2019
Absolutely not. This is a blueprint for disaster. This is socialism wrapped in climate change with a green bow. Paying people who are “unwilling to work” and taxing the wealthy 70% once they reach a set amount of earnings will result in a population that doesn’t strive for success. It will be the death of American innovation.
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02/08/2019
This deal is so outrageous I don’t see how anyone can take it seriously.
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02/08/2019
If you want to fight income inequality then go get a higher-paying job; write your own success story.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019

What is House Bill H. Res. 109?

This resolution would express the non-binding sense of the House that it’s the federal government’s duty to create a Green New Deal that aims to combat climate change and income inequality over the course of a decade. The Green New Deal would aim to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, require all U.S. power demand to be met through renewable sources, upgrade all existing buildings in the U.S. to maximize energy efficiency standards that’d also apply to new buildings, and promote “justice and equity” for certain groups of people. A breakdown of the policies the House would propose for a Green New Deal can be found below.

The Green New Deal mobilization would aim to accomplish a number of goals within a 10-year timeframe:

  • Meeting 100% of U.S. power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources by expanding and upgrading existing renewable power and deploying new capacity (excluding nuclear power).

  • Upgrading all existing buildings in the U.S. and requiring all new buildings to meet standards maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability (including through electrification).

  • Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector as much as technologically possible by supporting family farming, investing in sustainable land use practices, and building a “more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food”.

  • Eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as technologically possible by investing in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure & manufacturing, public transportation, and high-speed rail.

  • Upgrading infrastructure by guaranteeing universal access to clean water, reducing risks posed by flooding, and ensuring that any infrastructure bill considered by Congress addresses climate change.

  • Building resilience against climate-change related disasters by leveraging funding for community-defined projects and strategies, in addition to developing smart power grids and ensuring affordable access to electricity.

The resolution would call for the Green New Deal to be developed through “transparent and inclusive consultation with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses.” Further, the resolution adds that a Green New Deal mobilization would require the following projects and goals to be achieved:

  • Leveraging capital, technical expertise, supporting policies, and other forms of assistance to community organizations, government agencies at the federal, state, and local level, and businesses involved in the mobilization.

  • Ensuring the federal government takes into account the complete environmental and social costs and impacts of policies.

  • Providing “resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United State, with a focus on frontline and vulnerable communities”.

  • Guaranteeing a job “with a family sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the U.S.”;

  • Ensuring that the Green New Deal mobilization creates “high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hires local workers, offers training and advancement opportunities, and guarantees wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition”.

  • Strengthening and enforcing labor, workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors.

  • Making a public investment in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries.

  • Ensuring the use of democratic and participatory processes that are inclusive of and led by frontline and vulnerable communities and workers to plan, implement, and administer the Green New Deal mobilization.

  • Providing all people of the U.S. with high-quality healthcare; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic security; and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.

Among the frontline and vulnerable communities this bill would seek to protect against “exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices” are: “indigenous communities, 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”.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

The House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 109

As a non-binding resolution, this bill would have no cost.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced this bill to call for the federal government to create a Green New Deal that would aim to combat climate change and income inequality, saying in a press conference:

“Today is the day that we truly embark on the comprehensive agenda of economic, social, and racial justice in the United States of America. Climate change and our environmental challenges are one of the biggest existential threats to our way of life. Not just as a nation, but as a world. And in order for us to combat that threat, we must be as ambitious and innovative in our solution as possible.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional website initially posted an FAQ about this bill and the Green New Deal in general, but removed the link from its media page (though a since-edited version is still available via NPR). It offered a broader context on several aspects of the plan, including:

  • Explaining why the Green New Deal goal would be net-zero greenhouse gas emissions instead of zero emissions, the FAQ stated “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

  • To reduce emissions, the FAQ suggested investing in “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”

  • The FAQ explained that nuclear energy would be eliminated alongside energy from fossil fuels within the 10-year scope of the Green New Deal mobilization.

  • The FAQ explained that the federal government would guarantee “economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

  • Explaining how the federal government would pay for the Green New Deal, the FAQ stated: “The same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment. At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.”

Some have expressed skepticism about this Green New Deal plan including Obama administration energy secretary Ernest Moniz, who called the plan “impractical” in an interview with NPR, adding “I’m afraid I just cannot see how we could possibly go to zero carbon in the 10-year timeframe.” And Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said that efforts to eliminate air travel “would be pretty hard for Hawaii,” while a Democratic leadership aide told the New York Times that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t planning to bring the current resolution up for a vote.

This resolution has the support of 67 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / serts)

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Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

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Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

    Climate change is real and needs to be addressed. We need clean, renewable energy. There is no time to waste.
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    Absolutely not. This is a blueprint for disaster. This is socialism wrapped in climate change with a green bow. Paying people who are “unwilling to work” and taxing the wealthy 70% once they reach a set amount of earnings will result in a population that doesn’t strive for success. It will be the death of American innovation.
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    We as a country should strive to make our environment one that is safe for all. The jobs this endeavour would create would be significant. As far as wages are concerned if people were paid according to how hard they work our pay scale would probably be turned upside down. Everyone should receive a living wage at the least.
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    This deal is so outrageous I don’t see how anyone can take it seriously.
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    Climate change is real. Just look at what happened with the polar vortex dip this past week. Think of the jet streams as a rubber band holding some watermelons (low pressure cold snaps) back. If you heat the rubber band, it weakens and the watermelons dip out of the rubber band. We must work to keep the jet stream strong by reducing our carbon footprint.
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    If you want to fight income inequality then go get a higher-paying job; write your own success story.
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    Do I really need to say why?
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    The green new deal would totally destroy our economy and our country. We are not a socialist country. It is simply a power grab. We need smaller government and more freedom. Income inequality is not something that the government should be involved in. Let the free market work those things out. Government involvement will cause more damage than help.
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    This one should have had the laugh emoji.
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    Support the Green New Deal! Help the working class by assuring Everyone pays their fare share of taxes! Stop enabling the Wealthy!
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    If we did everything in the False New Deal, it would do nothing to the climate & the IPCC estimated that if America was at 0 emissions, it would lower the global temp. about 0.2 degrees Celsius in 100 years. The majority of emmisions are from countries like China & India & they have no interest in lowering emissions. & income inequality...hahaha
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    I have read through the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, as well as the FAQ released to NPR. It looks like something my nine year old daughter could have done better. Normally, I try to respond to proposals in my areas of interest with respect and thoughtfulness, but I actually think that reading this proposal has killed brain cells. It is the most ridiculous piece of proposed legislation I have ever seen. There is seriously nothing I can say other than that the people endorsing this are just absolutely, completely bat-guano crazy! I know of no other way to respond!
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    Democrats promise the total collapse of civilization and can’t understand why rational people might object.
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    The Green New Deal is perhaps the most infeasible proposal I have ever seen. When broken down by costs, the estimated annual total is about $3.6 trillion, almost 1/3 of the US GDP and 3x the revenue yielded by taxpayers. Besides, it lacks in qualitative, fact based steps to completing its goals and is shrouded in ambiguity.
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    Princess AOC is going to provide us years of entertainment with her fairytales. Unicorns and rainbows are fun.
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    The Green New Deal is a sham written by two imbecile Congressmen! Both should be ashamed that they have so little intelligence.
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    A “green new deal”? No. This entire world view represents the very zenith of mental illness. I thought AOC was a socialist. Turns out she is a full on idiot.
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    The USSR had a new deal of income equality and look how it turned out, and Venezuela tried the same new deal recently and look how it turned out, ask anyone who has lived under these new deals (and survived) if they think it’s a good idea. And they have been lying to us for decades about the eminent death of the planet nothing new there.
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    This is Socialism shrouded in ‘Climate Change’. You all realize that zero fossil fuels means never travelling by plane again. That would not only cripple our economy but, halt global trade. And speaking of crippling the economy, every single ‘change’ this deal outlines will be the end of The United States of America. Don’t ever think you’ll make more money or become more successful - your ‘fair share’ goes up the more money you make. This is the biggest fleecing of America I’ve ever seen. The only people that will benefit from this are those don’t want to lift a lazy finger to provide for themselves and their families. This will not change or turn back the effects of global warming, it will make the most powerful contry in the world one of the weakest.
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    This is nothing more than a push towards communism, cloaked in political correct catch phrases.
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