WHAT IT IS
The Green New Deal is an initiative proposed to reduce the effects of climate change.
The Green New Deal aims to impact a broad array of issues, including the economy, clean-energy-type jobs, health-care, and national security. [Vox]
The Green New Deal aims to decarbonize the economy by 2030. [Associated Press]
- The proposal was not a law but a "framework" or "policy package" that drew attention to and proposed solutions to climate issues in America. [NPR]
President Trump is against the Green New Deal
What he's said
- President Trump has called the Green New Deal "the craziest thing." [USA Today]
- President Trump claimed the Green New Deal would shut down American energy and air travel. [Associated Press]
What he's done
The Republican-led Congress "killed" the proposal in March 2019. [Reuters]
More on climate
The Trump administration has completed at least 58 environmental policy rollbacks, including
- Lowering regulation requirements of major industrial polluters,
- Loosening offshore drilling safety regulations,
- Opening national parks for drilling.
Former Vice President Biden supports* the Green New Deal
What he's said
"Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan:
- The United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and
- Our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected." [Joe Biden Campaign]
- Biden’s “Clean Energy Revolution” plan envisions $1.7 trillion in federal spending to push the nation’s emissions to net-zero by 2050.
- The Green New Deal aims to decarbonize the economy by 2030.