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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.

Lori's Opinion
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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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Nick's Opinion
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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.

TheDennisRice's Opinion
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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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Robin's Opinion
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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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Jasen's Opinion
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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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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
      Highways and Transit
      Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019

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Title

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

Official Title

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

Summary

This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all; investing in infrastructure and industry; securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and promoting justice and equality. The resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods); upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency; removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors; cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites; ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.
    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 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 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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    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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    We are Capitalists and not Socialists. Please stop with this Socialism Agenda crap!
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