Sunrise Movement
February 7th, 2019

Contact: Stephen O’Hanlon

AOC, Markey unveil Green New Deal resolution with historic support; Sunrise launching pressure campaign backing resolution

Washington D.C. - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced joint resolutions today calling for a Green New Deal: a World War II-scale economic mobilization to transition the nation to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, provide a guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one, and ensure a just transition for both workers and frontline communities. Activists and analysts say this resolution marks the most ambitious proposal before Congress to address climate change in more than a decade, perhaps ever.

The idea for a Green New Deal was popularized by young people in the Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats, and Ocasio-Cortez after the midterm elections. Since, the idea has garnered unprecedented momentum, with nearly all the major Democratic Presidential contenders backing the idea. The resolution is cosponsored by nearly 70 members of Congress, including several presidential candidates.

“In 2018, young people put the Green New Deal on the national agenda,” said Varshini Prakash, founder and Executive Director of Sunrise Movement. “The historic support for this resolution, especially among 2020 contenders, shows how far the movement has shifted the political conversation. The Green New Deal is now a litmus test for progressive leadership in 2019.”

This spring, Sunrise will take the fight for a Green New Deal across the country. On Tuesday evening, nearly 5000 people attended 440 livestream watch parties launching the campaign. Members in 42 states are planning hundreds of office visits next Monday through Wednesday. In March, Sunrise will launch The Road to a Green New Deal Tour, a 15-city, star-studded series of events with some of the new faces of the Democratic Party and movement leaders. The tour will inform people about the Green New Deal and give them tools and resources to pressure their politicians to get behind it.

“Any politician who wants to be taken seriously on climate and earn the support of young people needs to support Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s resolution,” said Sunrise Communications Director, Stephen O’Hanlon. “We’re going to press all elected officials, especially 2020 contenders, to support this resolution. Where they stand on the resolution will make it clear who is using the Green New Deal as a buzzword and who is serious about transforming our economy in line with what science and justice demand.”


Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.

The Green New Deal is a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for all. In November and December, 45 Representatives backed Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. Over 300 local and state politicians have called for a Federal Green New Deal. This spring, Sunrise will be organizing in every corner of the country to build support to get thousands more organizations and politicians signed onto the Green New Deal.

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February 7, 2019

This New Deal Is Going To Cost A Lot Of Green

Here’s What The “Green New Deal” Socialist Wish List Will Look Like In The Real World



·         Today, Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her “Green New Deal,” but the resolution is just a long socialist wish list that is woefully short on details.

o   Nearly every potential 2020 Democrat presidential candidate has signed onto the “plan” or expressed support for a similar type of proposal.

·         The Green New Deal lacks a funding mechanism, but proponents of the plan have previously proposed massive tax increases to rates as high as 70% to pay for its quixotic goals that include providing everyone “access to nature” and upgrading or replacing every building in the United States.

·         The Green New Deal requires the United States to move to 100 percent renewable energy for its power demands by ten years at the latest, but offers no tangible framework to achieve such a goal.

·         To fully decarbonize the economy alone would be a “dramatic” and unrealistic transition, and could cost at least $2 trillion, a goal one scholar has stated “defies the laws of physics.”

·         Eliminating fossil fuels completely would put at least a million Americans out of work.

·         The resolution calls for the U.S. to help other countries achieve a “global green new deal” but this would likely cause massive disruption to global trade and leave developing countries out in the cold. 



Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  And Senator Edward Markey Released Legislation That Calls For A Green New Deal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), And Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) Introduced A Framework Defining Their Goals For A Green New Deal. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., think they have a start to a solution. Thursday they are introducing a framework defining what they call a ‘Green New Deal’ — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions. That's a really big — potentially impossibly big — undertaking.” (Danielle Kurtzleben, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline,” NPR, 2/7/19)

·         The Green Deal Is The Brainchild Of The Left Wing Progressive Group Sunrise Movement And Freshman Congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “After the midterms, Sunrise organized sit-in protests at Pelosi’s office, including one joined by Ocasio-Cortez, prompting the incoming Speaker to launch a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The platform is a hit among progressive voters, and support for the Green New Deal is emerging as a litmus test on the 2020 campaign trail. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the first declared Democratic candidates, has embraced ‘the idea of a Green New Deal’ in her presidential platform. Beto O’Rourke calls himself ‘supportive of the concept.’” (Tim Dickinson, “Getting To The Bottom Of The Green New Deal,” Rolling Stone, 1/7/19)

The Green New Deal Is An “Umbrella Term” For A Socioeconomic Project “Big Enough To Rival Some Of The Biggest, Greatest Socio-Economic Projects We’ve Seen Before” Focused Partially On Decarbonizing America’s Economy. “The Green New Deal is an umbrella term for a set of policies and programs that will rapidly decarbonize our economy, get all of us off of fossil fuels, and work to stop the climate crisis in the next 10 to 12 years. But we see it as a socio-economic project, big enough to rival some of the biggest, greatest socio-economic projects we’ve seen before. This is a project that helps us get to 100 percent renewable energy, fast.” (Tim Dickinson, “Getting To The Bottom Of The Green New Deal,” Rolling Stone, 1/7/19)

The Green New Deal Is Essentially A “Progressive Wish List” Of Expensive Government-Run And Taxpayer-Funded Programs

The Green New Deal Goes Far Beyond Energy Policy As It Would Also Provide A Federal Jobs Guarantee, And The Resolution Ask The Committee To Address “Historic Racial, Gender, Economic And Other Inequalities.” “The Green New Deal isn’t only a renewable energy policy. It also would guarantee jobs for unemployed people who want them. The resolution asks the select committee to take into account historic racial, gender, economic and other inequalities and consider including programs like basic income and universal healthcare, while having labor unions take a leading role in implementation.” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

The Resolution States That A Green New Deal Is Necessary To “Promote Justice And Equity By Stopping Current, Preventing Future, And Repairing Historic Oppression.” “[I]t is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal to…promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of 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 (referred to in this resolution as ‘‘frontline and vulnerable communities’’).” (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

·         The Resolution Is A “Progressive Wishlist To Fix What They Perceive As All That Ails Society.” “‘What she asks for in this manifesto goes beyond decarbonization and gets into a progressive wishlist to fix what they perceive as all that ails society,’ Pyle said. The proposal takes its name from the New Deal, the 1930s-era package of policies pushed by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring the United States out of the Depression, mainly through investments in federal jobs programs.” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

The Resolution States That The Green New Deal Will “Guarantee A Job With A Family-Sustaining Wage, Adequate Family And Medical Leave, Paid Vacations, And Retirement Security To All People Of The United States.” “(G) 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; (H) guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States; (I) strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment; (J) strengthening and enforcing labor, workplace health and safety, antidiscrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors;” (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

The Resolution States That The Green New Deal Will Provide “All People” With Healthcare And “Economic Security” And “Access To Nature.”  “(O) providing all people of the United States with— (i) high-quality health care; (ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing; (iii) economic security; and (iv) access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.” ( H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)


The Details Of The Plan, Including How To Pay For Its Goals, Have Yet To Be Discussed Though Extreme Tax Hikes As High As 70 Percent Have Been Discussed As Ways To Fund The Program

The Green New Deal Resolution Contains A List Of Five “Goals”, But Does Not Contain A Funding Mechanism To Pay For These Goals. “(2) the goals described in subparagraphs (A) 7 through (E) of paragraph (1) (referred to in this 8 resolution as the ‘‘Green New Deal goals’’) should 9 be accomplished through a 10-year national mobili10 zation (referred to in this resolution as the ‘‘Green 11 New Deal mobilization’’).” (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

In The Past, Rep. Ocasio Cortez Has Proposed A 70% Tax Rate To Finance The Green New Deal. “Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old Democratic firebrand who just took her seat to represent the Bronx in the House, has sparked headlines by suggesting rates as high as 70 percent to finance a ‘Green New Deal.’ That drew swift derision from House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, who summarized it as ‘Take away 70 percent of your income and give it to leftist fantasy programs.’” (John Harwood, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Kick-Started The Democratic Tax Debate With Her 70% Marginal Rate Idea,” CNBC, 1/11/19)

Evan Weber, A Co-Founder Of Sunrise Who Organized The Original Protest In Speaker Pelosi’s Office In Favor Of The Green New Deal Conceded That The  Green New Deal “Can Mean Just About Anything At The Moment.” “But the top priority after the holidays is to begin the process of putting real policy meat on the GND bones — hammering out an actual policy platform. ‘If they’re not going to develop the plan,’ Weber says. ‘We will. We’ll get together the scientists, the engineers, the community leaders, the mayors and city councilors, create the plan ourselves, and go out and build the public and political support to make it happen over the next two years.’ As Weber concedes, ‘GND’ can mean just about anything at the moment. Now the race is on to make it mean something in particular — to produce something that activists and wonks can agree on, that politicians can run on, and that the public can rally around.” (David Roberts, “The Green New Deal, Explained,” Vox, 1/7/19)

Dozens Of Democrats, Including Many 2020 Candidates, Have Lined Up Their Support For The Green New Deal

Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Said He Was “Excited” To Support Rep. Ocasio Cortez’s Proposal Saying That “When It Comes To Climate Change, We Need To Advance Policies That Don’t Ask Americans To Choose Between Their Jobs And Clean Air And Water.” “Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., 37, who says he is looking at a 2020 presidential run, told Fox News he was ‘excited’ to support the proposal and be a part of the process. ‘When it comes to climate change, we need to advance policies that don’t ask Americans to choose between their jobs and clean air and water,’ Swalwell told Fox News this week. ‘We can do that by greening the grid with investments in renewable energy and a wage and skills guarantee for any displaced worker.’” (Brooke Singman, “Growing Number Of 2020 Democrats Supporting 'Green New Deal,’” Fox News, 1/10/19)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Endorsed The Green New Deal Proposal In December Saying “We Must Take Bold Action On Climate Change & Create A Green Economy That Benefits All Americans.” “Sen. Booker, D-N.J., issued his endorsement for the proposal last month. When reached by Fox News, a spokesperson for Booker pointed to his December tweet on the matter. ‘We must take bold action on climate change & create a green economy that benefits all Americans. Thank you to @sunrisemvmt & activists for your inspiring work. Excited to support a #GreenNewDeal,’ Booker tweeted on Dec. 14.” (Brooke Singman, “Growing Number Of 2020 Democrats Supporting 'Green New Deal,’” Fox News, 1/10/19)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Supports The Idea Of A Green New Deal To Ambitiously Tackle Our Climate Crisis, Economic Inequality, And Racial Injustice.” “Sen. Warren, D-Mass., who has already launched an exploratory committee for a 2020 run, ‘supports the idea of a Green New Deal to ambitiously tackle our climate crisis, economic inequality, and racial injustice,’ a Warren aide told Axios earlier this month.” (Brooke Singman, “Growing Number Of 2020 Democrats Supporting 'Green New Deal,’” Fox News, 1/10/19)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Is “Supportive” Of The Concept Of A Green New Deal. “And Democratic darling Beto O’Rourke, who was narrowly defeated by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the midterm elections, is apparently supportive of the ‘concept.’ ‘Beto is supportive of the concept and how it invests in green jobs, and is looking forward to engaging more on the issue as it continues to develop,’ an O’Rourke spokesman said in a statement to the Huffington Post.” (Brooke Singman, “Growing Number Of 2020 Democrats Supporting 'Green New Deal,’” Fox News, 1/10/19)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Has Been In Touch With The Organizers Behind A Green New Deal. “Other 2020 prospects, like Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, have weighed in, but not yet offered official positions on the plan. Harris’ staff reportedly has been in touch with the organizers behind the Green New Deal.” (Brooke Singman, “Growing Number Of 2020 Democrats Supporting 'Green New Deal,’” Fox News, 1/10/19)

Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Mike Levin (D-CA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), John Lewis (D-GA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Danny K Davis (D-IL), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Lori Trahan (D-MA), Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Talib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Deb Haaland (D-NM), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY), Adriano Espailiat (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Jose E Serrano (D-NY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), David Cicilline (D-RI), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Peter Welch (D-VT), Gerry Connolly (D-VA)Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) Support Establishing A Select Committee For A Green New Deal And Reject Fossil Fuel Campaign Donations. (David Roberts, “The Green New Deal, Explained,” Vox, 1/7/19)


 The Green New Deal Would Require That The United States Shift To 100 Percent Renewable Energy Within A Ten Year Time Frame—And Require That Every Building Be Upgraded To Meet This Unrealistic Goal

The Green New Deal Would Require That “100 Percent” Of The “Power Demand” In The United States Be “Renewable” And From “A Zero-Emission Energy Source” By Ten Years At The Latest. “[T]he goals described in subparagraphs (A) 7 through (E) of paragraph (1) (referred to in this resolution as the ‘‘Green New Deal goals’’) should  be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization (referred to in this resolution as the ‘‘Green New Deal mobilization’’) that will require the following goals and projects….meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources….” (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

·         Though Ocasio-Cortez’s Resolution Mandates A Transition To Exclusively Renewable Power It “Doesn’t Specify How The U.S. Should Wean Itself Off Non-Renewable Power Sources.” “Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution, however, doesn’t call for a mandate for renewable energy. It also doesn’t specify how the U.S. should wean itself off non-renewable power sources. The proposal also would consist of a nationwide build-out of a ‘smart’ electrical grid and mass energy-efficient building upgrades.” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

·         The Resolution Simply States That The Transition To 100 Percent Renewables Is To Be Done “By Dramatically Expanding And Upgrading Existing Renewable Power Sources” And “Deploying New Capacity.” “(i) by dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources; 12 and 13 (ii) by deploying new capacity;”  (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

The Resolution Would Upgrade “All Existing Buildings In The United States” To Change Energy Output. “(E) upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification;” ( H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

The Green New Deal “Aspires” To Cut U.S. Carbon Emissions Fast Enough To Prevent “The World From Warming No More Than 2.7 Degrees Fahrenheit By 2100.” “The Green New Deal aspires to cut U.S. carbon emissions fast enough to reach the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious climate goal: preventing the world from warming no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In a blockbuster report released in October, an international group of scientists said that meeting this goal could skirt the worst climate effects, such as massive floods, expansive droughts, and irreversible sea-level rise.” (Robinson Meyer, “The Democratic Party Wants To Make Climate Policy Exciting,” The Atlantic, 12/5/18)

·         To Reach That Target The World Must Cut Carbon Emissions In Half By 2030; Even President Obama’s “Most Breakneck Climate Policy Did Not Put The United States Close To Making Its Part Of The Goal.” “To actually make the target, though, the world must start reducing its carbon pollution immediately, and cut it in half by 2030. And we’re nowhere close. Global emissions levels just hit a record high, and even the Barack Obama administration’s most breakneck climate policy did not put the United States close to making its part of the goal.” (Robinson Meyer, “The Democratic Party Wants To Make Climate Policy Exciting,” The Atlantic, 12/5/18)

The Plan Also Calls For An Overhaul Of Transportation Systems Including Expanding Railway To Eliminate Air Travel.  “‘Overhauling transportation systems’ to reduce emissions — including expanding electric car manufacturing, building ‘charging stations everywhere,’ and expanding high-speed rail to ‘a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary’” (Danielle Kurtzleben, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline,” NPR, 2/7/19)

·         Eliminating Air Travel Would Require “Nothing Short Of Revolutionizing Transportation.” “Similarly, removing combustible engines from the roads or expanding high-speed rail to largely eliminate air travel would require nothing short of revolutionizing transportation.” (Danielle Kurtzleben, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline,” NPR , 2/7/19)

Transitioning The United States To 100 Percent Renewable Energy—A Goal That “Defies The Laws Of Physics” —Would Cost At Least $2 Trillion And Eliminate At Least A Million Jobs

Increasing Renewables From 17% To 100% Of Electricity Production In The U.S. Would Represent A “Dramatic” Transition And Would “Undoubtedly Come With An Exorbitant Price Tag.” “Such a dramatic energy transition would undoubtedly come with an exorbitant price tag. It would involve a massive build-out of new electric generation, transmission and storage, and it would likely necessitate new technologies, particularly for storage, since wind and solar cannot always generate power at all times of the day. The United States got only 17 percent of its electricity last year from renewable sources, with 7.5 percent coming from hydropower, according to the Energy Information Administration. The United States got only 17 percent of its electricity last year from renewable sources, with 7.5 percent coming from hydropower, according to the Energy Information Administration.” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

Since The Green New Deal Has Not Been Fleshed Out No Comprehensive Cost Analysis Exists But Christopher Clack, A Physicist Who Has Studied Rapid Deployments Of Renewables, Estimated That Building Out The Generating Capacity Alone Would Cost At Least $2 Trillion.” “And since the Green New Deal hasn’t been fleshed out, no comprehensive cost analysis exists. A back-of-the-envelope calculation by Christopher Clack, a physicist who has studied rapid deployments of renewables, estimated that building out the generating capacity alone would cost at least $2 trillion. ‘It’s a daunting task, and I’m not sure that the authors of the Green New Deal fully comprehend how much they’ll need,’ he said.” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

·         Tom Pyle, President Of The Institute For Energy Research, Says That Such A Transition Would Be Impossible, “One Hundred Percent Renewable Energy Defies The Laws Of Physics.” “Critics say the transition would be impossible. ‘One hundred percent renewable energy defies the laws of physics,’ said Tom Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, a fossil-fuel-backed conservative think tank. ‘It would be impossible to achieve.’ Paul Bledsoe, a strategic adviser at the Progressive Policy Institute, said it does a disservice to the real seriousness of climate change to set such an unrealistic goal. ‘I understand the value of aspirational goals,’ he said. ‘My personal view is, that undermines the credibility of the effort.’” (Timothy Cama, “Five Things To Know About Ocasio-Cortez’s 'Green New Deal,’” The Hill, 11/24/18)

A Study By The National Academy Of Sciences Concluded “That It Is Extremely Difficult To Achieve Complete Decarbonization Of The Energy System, Even When Using Every Current Technology And Tool Available.” “Many previous studies of deep decarbonization of electric power illustrate that much can be done with wind and solar power but that it is extremely difficult to achieve complete decarbonization of the energy system, even when using every current technology and tool available, including energy efficiency and wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy as well as carbon capture and storage, bioenergy, and nuclear energy (1–6, 8–10). In contrast, ref. 11 asserts that it is cost-effective to fully decarbonize the US energy system primarily using just three inherently variable generating technologies: solar PV, solar CSP, and wind, to supply more than 95% of total energy in the proposal presented in ref. 11. Such an extraordinarily constrained conclusion demands a standard of proof that ref. 11 does not meet.” (Christopher T. M. Clack, et al, “Evaluation Of A Proposal For Reliable Low-Cost Grid Power With 100% Wind, Water, And Solar,” Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 6/26/16)

The Resolution Put Forward Proposes Eliminating Greenhouse Emissions From The Manufacturing, Agricultural And Other Industries. “Removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry; working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.” (H.R. Introduced 2/7/19)

Approximately 710,700 Americans Are Employed In Mining Quarrying And Natural Gas Extraction. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/14/18)

Approximately 116,600 Americans Are Employed In Petroleum And Coal Products Manufacturing. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/14/18)

A “Global Green New Deal” Like The One Suggested Would Be Economically Disruptive To Global Trade While Doing Nothing To Help Impoverished Countries

The Resolution Proposes Making “Green Technology” A Major U.S. Export And Making The U.S. “The International Leader On Climate Action, And To Help Other Countries Achieve A Green New Deal.” “Promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal.” (H.Res. ___, Introduced 2/7/19)

Proponents Of A Green Deal Have Also Suggested Making The U.S. A “Leader In Helping Other Countries Transition To Greenhouse Gas Neutral Economies And Bringing About A Global Green New Deal.” “Making ‘green’ technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.” (“Draft Text For Proposed Addendum To House Rules For 116th Congress Of The United States,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Accessed 1/16/18)

·         A Global Green New Deal Refers To “A Set Of Globally Coordinated Large-Scale Stimulus Packages And Policy Measures.” “A Global Green New Deal ("GGND") is proposed as a manifestation of that leadership. It refers to a set of globally coordinated large-scale stimulus packages and policy measures that have the potential to bring about global economic recovery in the short term while laying the foundation for sustained economic growth in the medium and long-term.” (Achim Steiner, “Focusing On The Good Or The Bad: What Can International Environmental Law Do To Accelerate The Transition Towards A Green Economy,” Hein Online, 2010)

Today's Trade System Will “Not Be Easily Capable Of Steering The World Into A Green Economy.” “As Melendez-Ortiz points out, today's trade system will not be easily capable of steering the world into a green economy, mainly due to the lack of progress in the creation of a multilateral legal framework to advance the trade related aspects of a green economy.” (Markus W. Gehring, “Legal Transition To The Green Economy,” Hein Online, 2016)

The Transition To A Green Economy Would “Require Collaboration At The National And International Level.” “The shift towards a green economy cannot occur without adopting and implementing ‘coherent policies integrating economic, social and environmental aspects. This requires collaboration between various sectoral ministries at the national level and cohesion between the organizations and institutions dealing with various aspects of sustainable development at the international level.’” (Achim Steiner, “Focusing On The Good Or The Bad: What Can International Environmental Law Do To Accelerate The Transition Towards A Green Economy,” Hein Online, 2010)

·         Non-Industrialized Countries Have Different Development Trajectories Than Their Developed Counterparts Which Mean Their Policy Priorities “May Be Different From Those Of Developed Countries When It Comes To Largescale Public Spending.”   “At the same time, it must be acknowledged that non-industrialized countries are on different development trajectories and have their particular circumstances, which justify their priorities that ‘may be different from those of developed countries when it comes to large scale public spending programmes and policy measures.’” (Achim Steiner, “Focusing On The Good Or The Bad: What Can International Environmental Law Do To Accelerate The Transition Towards A Green Economy,” Hein Online, 2010)

Energy Subsidies In Developing Counties Often Help “Energy Companies, Equipment Suppliers, And The Middle-Income Households, Especially In Cities” While “The Poor Are Not Able To Afford Even The Subsidized Energy And Do Not Share In The Economic Benefits.” “‘The UNEP study also found out that, although many of the energy subsidies that are used in developing countries are intended to improve poor households living conditions (e.g., subsidizing electricity may help reduce indoor pollution and the time women and children have to spend to collect firewood), in reality they seldom benefit the poor, but rather the energy companies, equipment suppliers, and the middle-income households, especially in cities.’ While the cost of the subsidies is borne by all of society, often the poor are not able to afford even the subsidized energy and do not share in the economic benefits.” (Achim Steiner, “Focusing On The Good Or The Bad: What Can International Environmental Law Do To Accelerate The Transition Towards A Green Economy,” Hein Online, 2010)

Kamala Harris for the People
February 7, 2019
Text of fundraising email

I wanted to share some really important news with you this morning: today, I’m proud to announce that I’ve signed on as an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal in the Senate.

Add your name right now to stand with me in support of the Green New Dealresolution to combat climate change and jump-start our economy.

For too long, we have been governed by lawmakers who are beholden to big oil and big coal. They have refused to act on climate change. So it’s on us to speak the truth, rooted in science fact, not science fiction.

Here’s the truth: climate change is real, and it is an existential threat to our country, our planet, and our future. With each passing day, the imminent threat of climate change grows -- and we see it in everything from more instances of extreme weather to rapidly melting glaciers.

According to a harrowing report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have a shrinking window to take drastic action to cut carbon emissions and make meaningful change to save our planet.

The Green New Deal is a bold plan to drastically shift our country to 100% clean and renewable energy -- all while guaranteeing jobs to American workers. We will repair our country’s crumbling infrastructure, upgrade buildings across the nation, and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.

We don’t have much time to make the urgent changes we need to protect ourselves and our planet. Add your name right now to stand with me in support of the Green New Deal.

Bold action takes bold leadership, and I’m grateful to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey for leading the charge on this critical resolution.

We do not fight this fight for our generation alone -- but for generations to come. Thank you for taking direct action today.


— Kamala Harris

I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military - even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!