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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 8

Should Congress 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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02/25/2019
Climate change is national issue, a worldly issue and we must do something to fix it , even if it is deemed “drastic” . Drastic saves the planet.
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Tony's Opinion
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03/26/2019
Be bold. Be progressive. Save our planet and those of us without riches. Do it for my children... you know, so they can do things like breathe and stay alive.
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03/26/2019
If the Senate Republicans continue to have their way, green leaves and grass will cease to grace the planet.
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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. Beyond fantastical environmental goals, it also calls for fundamentally expanding the role of government by calling for guaranteed family-wage jobs for all. Alternatively, this bill is non-binding and wouldn’t make any real progress in achieving its stated goals.

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03/05/2019
Climate change is a farce, and as long as china continues to pollute to A level in which its residents must wear masks outside, nothing we do here will matter. Her deal is nothing more than a vote grab.. it attracts 20 yr old morons, too stuck on the idea to realize it will NEVER happen, and when it goes south the ones in power won't hesitate to hang her out to dry.
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03/26/2019
There is no proof that we have the answer to the so-called human responsibility climate change. Climate changes, it is a natural occurrence that has happened throughout the life of our planet.
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03/26/2019
As far as the Green New Deal, vote no on this bill. The US is a world leader in renewable energy and fighting climate change. We are doing our part in this fight. It’s the other major polluting countries that need to reign in their emissions and work towards clean energy. We can’t do it all alone!!
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    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 8?

This resolution would express the non-binding sense of Congress 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 resolution would support including in 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.

  • 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.

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 joint resolution, this legislation could be considered by both chambers of Congress and be signed into law.

Impact

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Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 8

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

More Information

In-Depth: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this version of Democrats’ Green New Deal resolution to put senators on the record regarding the ambitious proposal:

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the planned vote “a game of political gotcha” and a “cheap, cynical ploy” while the sponsor of the Senate Green New Deal resolution, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) called it “sabotage” and added:

“Republicans don’t want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it. They have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay. The principles of the Green New Deal resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation. The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history.”

The House cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) published and removed a FAQ about the legislation (though a version is still available via NPR) that offered broader context about 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 House resolution up for a vote.

This version of the Green New Deal has no cosponsors, but Sen. Markey’s simple resolution has 11 Democratic cosponsors and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s bill has 68 Democratic cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / zhongguo)

AKA

A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

Official Title

A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

    Climate change is national issue, a worldly issue and we must do something to fix it , even if it is deemed “drastic” . Drastic saves the planet.
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    Climate change is a farce, and as long as china continues to pollute to A level in which its residents must wear masks outside, nothing we do here will matter. Her deal is nothing more than a vote grab.. it attracts 20 yr old morons, too stuck on the idea to realize it will NEVER happen, and when it goes south the ones in power won't hesitate to hang her out to dry.
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    Be bold. Be progressive. Save our planet and those of us without riches. Do it for my children... you know, so they can do things like breathe and stay alive.
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    There is no proof that we have the answer to the so-called human responsibility climate change. Climate changes, it is a natural occurrence that has happened throughout the life of our planet.
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    As far as the Green New Deal, vote no on this bill. The US is a world leader in renewable energy and fighting climate change. We are doing our part in this fight. It’s the other major polluting countries that need to reign in their emissions and work towards clean energy. We can’t do it all alone!!
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    If the Senate Republicans continue to have their way, green leaves and grass will cease to grace the planet.
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    Do we like breathing? Do we like eating? Do we like drinking? Of course we do, however, the Congress Critters and Senile Senators still think we can do all these things in future without changing a thing....WRONG!!! I guess they and their families have a top secret biodome located in a secret location for them to live in in 15 years or so. The Earth is about to shrug off the entire human species and/or most of the flora/fauna on this planet like an elephant shrugs off fleas. The Earth is literally fighting for its life BECAUSE OF US. Because of GREED, because of perceived POWER, because of our unconstrained and corporate condoned CONSUMPTION. Oh, and let us not forget our worldwide uncontained reproduction of replecants of our species to the point there are now 7.5 BILLION people on this planet and Mother is tired, worn out and pissed off. We do not need more drilling, more fracking, more plastics or more pollution. WE NEED RENEWABLES. Not tomorrow or in 50 years or so. We need them NOW!
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    Millenia of climate data can be found here - https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/climate/climate-change-real-fake-exaggerated/
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    Gee, Mitch McConnell, the Republican that support coal and bad mouth the people that supports green new deal, is doing about face and joining the Democratic? This is a political move to save his position in the senate and saying he is helping KY. I wonder if KY will fall for it and how many more republicans will do the same? I guess doing nothing is not a solution?
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    We must start somewhere-and start quickly. I think we expect candidates in office to recruit and vet practitioners and policies that aim toward a solution in a jobs-generating, economic revolutionary manner. The technology is there, the experts are there, and the jobs core is present. Maybe they could tackle the real crisis and stop whining about putting a mote around the country.
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    Another attempt by Democrats to look good but this is not reality! This would be another way to destroy our economy and for Democrats to seize power as socialist and removes the freedoms of all Americans. They don’t care about the people they just care about the power they will have. It’s another democrat Trojan horse.
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    I support the Green New Deal 100%. Do you?
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    Yes. Please do something For The Citizens. Please do something that actually will help Make America Great Again.
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    Absolutely yes! How did we even arrive to a place where short-sighted, unaccountable, & reckless behavior that fails to consider our well-being in the long-term, ever become the norm? It's time to GROW UP AMERICA! The childish excuses carry no merit! If America is doing so "great" as some claim, we are WAY PAST DUE for cleaning up after ourselves & behaving like rational adults vs. idiotic children who lack the ability to plan for the future. Enough is enough, already!
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    Make an effort on both😁
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    Haha Cocaine Mitch taking it to the floor to expose Democrats’ actual feelings about the Great Deal they all blindly support for optics.
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    This is a real and serious issue that the GOP is playing with for 2020 political points. Shame on their denials threatening the country and our grandchildren and shame on them for trying to play tricks to gain votes!
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    Yes and No. This is a 2 parts question with just 1 answer. Yes, I agree to “cutting emissions, investing in clean energy, and upgrading infrastructure “. that will take some time and cost to do. But I don’t agree to “ guaranteeing economic security for all Americans.” That sounds absolutely ridiculous.
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    I think that action needs to be taken now. Non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels will be gone within the next 50 years. While this deal is extremely expensive, it will save us a lot of money in the long run when we run out of the resources that we have become so dependent on.
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    Don't let our chance to do the right thing by our planetary home pass by.
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