The Green New Deal (GND) Manual

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THIS MANUAL WAS SOURCED FROM THE US CONGRESS WEBSITE

There is much talk about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey’s (MA) “Green New Deal” (GND) H.RES.109. Some Democrats believe that it is a needed “aspirational” attempt to save our nation’s future from the effects of climate change and the strife of disproportionate wealth.  Trump and other Republicans say that it is a socialist nightmare that will “permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military.”  

No matter what stance you take, the reality is that the GND is not an attempt to permanently ban anything. Additionally, it can’t save us from anything because it offers no solutions and it is not a bill, with the potential to effect policy, that can be voted into law. Instead, it is a Non-Binding Congressional Resolution that simply wants Congress to formally acknowledge that Climate Change is a serious global threat and there is a massive disproportional distribution of wealth. 

The Green New Deal is not a bill that can become law and change policies. Instead, it is a Non-Binding Congessional Resolution.

Definition: Non-Binding Congressional Resolution

A Non-Binding Congressional Resolution is a statement that formally expresses congresses’ position on a specific policy issue. Non Binding Congressional Resolutions are NOT laws and do NOT alter policy.

The GND Wants Congress to Acknowledge These key Dangers of Climate Change:

October 2018’s “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C’’ is accurate and Climate Change is a serious threat that is “causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life.”

Climate Change will cause “$500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100” and will destroy $1,000,000,000,000 worth of infrastructure.

The US is a major source of global carbon emissions, contribution around 20%, and must take a leading role in reducing admissions.

The GND wants Congress to Acknowledge These Facts About Wealth:

Life expectancy is on a decline because US citizens don’t have access to “basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education…”

Women and Blacks earn less than their counterparts.

Wages have been stagnant for 4 decades.

The top 1% of the population holds the majority of the earned wealth since the Great Depression.

The GND Wants Congress to Combat the Above Issues by Doing the Following in the Next 10 Years:

Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

Create millions of high-wage jobs

Invest in infrastructure in ways that will improve transportation, energy production, and resilience to the effects of climate change

Secure clean air and water, climate and community resiliency; healthy food; access to nature; and a sustainable environment.

Promote justice, equality, and prosperity for all people by guaranteeing all a “a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”

Invest in changes in transportation, farming, and manufacturing so we are 100%  reliant on clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.

Grow domestic manufacturing in the United States.

Stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas.

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