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2020 Environment: Green New Deal

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

CONTEXT

  • Get the full context on the Green New Deal here.
  • Mar. 2019: The House of Representatives passed the resolution. The Senate "killed" the resolution. [Reuters
TRUMP ELECTION

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.

[The New York Times]

BIDEN ELECTION

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]

Differences

  • 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.
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2020 Topics:

ENVIRONMENT                              

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