Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for the federal government to launch a World War II-like mobilization on a “Green New Deal” environmental plan that would reduce carbon emissions, remake the economy and reduce income equality.
“Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR’s “Morning Edition” in an interview aired Thursday.
She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.
The proposal, in broad strokes, would aim to reduce greenhouse gases, provide for clean air and water, develop a sustainable environment all the while creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs,” the resolution they plan to introduce states.
“It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that’s really what we’re trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal,” the freshman lawmaker told NPR.
The 10-year-plan addresses climate issues but also looks out for poor, minority and disabled communities that could be negatively affected by such an economic and environmental upheaval.
Ocasio-Cortez and Markey in a FAQ sheet said a “massive” effort is needed to make the Green New Deal successful.
They said even if every billionaire and company came together to invest in the plan, it wouldn’t be enough.
“That’s why we must utilize World War II era and New Deal-style financing which commits to long-term benefits instead of short-term quarterly returns,” the document says.
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