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Green New Deal FAQ February 2019

Green New Deal FAQ February 2019

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Overview will begin work immediately Green New Deal hills put the
nuts and bolts the plan described this resolution (important
say someone else can claim this mantle). This massive transformation our society with cleargoals and meline. The Green New Deal resolution 10-year plan mobilize every aspect American society scaie not seen since World War achieve
netrzero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for
all. wlli: Move America 100% clean and renewable energy Create millions family supporting-wage, union jobs Ensure Just transition for all communities and workers
ensure economic security for people and communities that have
historically relied fossil fuel industries Ensure justice and equity for frontline communities
prioritizing investment, training, climate and community
resiliency, economic and environmental bene these
communities. Build FDR second biil rights guaranteeing: job with famiiy sustaining wage. family and medical
leave. vacations. and retirement secunty High-quality education, including higher education and
trade schools Clean air and water and access nature Healthy food High-quality health care Safe, affordable, adequate housing Economic environment free monopolies Economic security for ali who are unable unwililng
work There time waste. IFCC Report said globai emissions must becut 40760% 2030. 20% total emissions. must get 2030 and lead the
world global Green New Deal. Americans love challenge. This our moonshot. When JFK said the the and the decade. people said
lmpOSSible. Eisenhower wanted build the interstate highway system today.
people would ask how pay for it. When FDR called America build 185.000 planes ght World
War every business leader, CEO, and general laughed him. the
time, the U.S. had produced 3.000 planes the last year. the end the war, produced 300,000 planes. That what are capable have real leadership This massive investment our economy and society, not
expenditure. invested 40-50% GDP into our economy during World War and
created the greatest middle class the has seen. The interstate highway system has returned more than economic
productivity for every cost This massively expanding existing and building new industries
rapid pace growing our economy The Green New Deal has momentum. percent Democrats and percent Republicans support the
Green New Deal Nearly every major Democratic Presidential contender say they back
the Green New deal including: Elizabeth Warren. Cory Booker. Kamaia
Harris, Jeff Merkeley, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders.
Tulsi Gabbard, andJay lnslee. House Reps and 330+ groups backed the original resolution for
select committee Over 300 local and state politicians have called for federal Green
New Deal New Resolution has cosponsors, about groups (numbers will
change Thursday).
Why 100% clean and renewable and not just 100% renewable? Are you
saying won transition off fossil fuels?
Yes, are calling for full transition off fossil fuels and Zero greenhouse gases.
Anyone who has read the resolution sees that spell this out through plan that
calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector the economy.
Simply banning fossil fuels immediately wont build the new economy replace
this the plan build that new economy and spells out how technically.
dothis through huge mobilization create the renewable energy economy fast possible. set goal get netrzero. rather than zero emissions. years
because arent sure that able fully get rid farting cows and
airplanes that fast, but think can ramp renewable manufacturing and
power production, retro every building America, build the smart grid, overhaul
transportation and agriculture, plant lots trees and restore our ecosystem get netrzero. nuclear part this? Green New Deal massive investment renewable energy production and
would not include creating new nuclear plants. unclear ifwe Will able
decommission every nuclear plant within years, but the plan isto transition off
nuclear and all fossil fuels soon possible. one has put the full 10-year plan
together yet. and possible get fully 100% renewable years, will that.
Does this include carbon tax?
The Green New Deal massive investment the production renewable energy
industries and infrastructure. cannot simply tax gas and expect workers figure
out another way get work unless weve rst created better, more affordable
option were not ruling carbon tax out, but carbon tax would tiny part Green New Deal the face the gigantic expansion our productive economy
and would have preceded rst creating the solutions necessary that
workers and working class communities are not affected. While carbon tax may part the Green New Deal, misses the point and would off the table unless create the clean, affordable options rst.
Does this include cap and trade?
The Green New Deal about creating the renewable energy economy through
massive investment our society and economy. Cap and trade assumes the
existing market will solve this problem for us. and that simply not true. While cap
and trade may tiny part the larger Green New Deal plan mobilize our
economy. any cap and trade legislation will pale comparison the size the
mobilization and must recognize that existing legislation can incentivize companies create toxic hotspots frontline communities, anything here must ensure that
frontline communities are prioritized.
Does GND ban all new fossil fuel infrastructure nuclear power plants?
The Green New Deal makes new fossil fuel infrastructure nuclear plants
unnecessary. This massive mobilization all our resources into renewable
energies would simply not make sense build new fossil fuel infrastructure
because will creating plan reorient our entire economy work off
renewable energy. Simply banning fossil fuels and nuclear plants immediately wont
build the new economy replace this the plan build that new economy and
spells out how technically.
Are you for CCUS? believe the right way capture carbon plant trees and restore our natural
ecosystems. CCUS technology date has not proven effective.
How will you pay for it?
The same way paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended
quantitative easing programs The same way paid for World War and all our
current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit power these projects and
investments and new public banks can created extend credit. There also
space for the government take equity stake projects get return
investment. the end the day. this investment our economy that should
grow our wealth nation, the question isnt how will pay for it, but what
will with our new shared prosperity.
why need sweeping Green New Deal investment program? Why
cant just rely regulations and taxes and the private sector invest
alone such carbon tax are ban fossil fuels? The level investment required massive Even every billionaire and
company came together and were willing pour ail the resources their
disposal into this investment, the aggregate value the investments they
could make would not suf cient. The speed investment required will massive. Even all the billionaires
and companies could make the investments required, they would not able pull together coordinated response the narrowwiridow time
required jumpstart major new projects and major new economic sectors.
Also, private companies are wary making massive investments unproven
research and technologies; the government, however, has the time horizon able patiently make investments new tech and RD. Without
necessarily having Commercial outcome application mind thatime
the investment made. Major examples government investments new
tech that subsequently spurred boom the private section include DARPA-
projects, thecreatioh the Internet and. perhaps most recently. the
government investment Tesla Simply put, dont need just stop doing some things are doing (like
using fossil fuels for energy needs); also need start doing new things
(like overhauling whole industries retro tting all buildings energy cient). Starting new things requires some upfront investment the
same way that company that trying change now does business may
need make big upfront capital investments today order reap future
bene (for e.g., building new factory increase production buying new
hardware and software totally modernize its systeml, country that
trying change how its economy works will need make big investments
today tojumprstart and develop new projects and sectors power the new
economy. Merely incentivizing the private sector doesn work e.g. the tax incentives
and subsidies given wind and solar projects have been valuable spur
growth the renewables industry but. even with such investment-
promotion subsidies, the present level such projects simply inadequate transition fully greenhouse gas neutral economy quickly needed, Once again, not saying that there isnt role for private sector
investments; just saying that the level investment required will need
every actor pitch and that the government best placed the
prime driver.
Resolution Summary Created consultation with multiple groups from environmental
community. environmental justice community. and labor community goals years: Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through fair and just transition
for all communities and workers Create millions high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic
security for all Invest infrastructure and industry sustainably meet the challenges the century Clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food,
access nature, and sustainable environment for all Promote justice and equity stopping current, preventing future, and
repairing historic oppression offrontline and vulnerable communities National mobilization our economy through infrastructure and
industrial projects. Every project strives remove greenhouse gas
emissions and pollution from every sector our economy: Build infrastructure create resiliency against climate changerrelated
disasters Repair and upgrade U.S. infrastructure. ASCE estimates this $4.6
trillion minimum Meet 100% power demand through clean and renewable energy
sources Build energy-ef cient, distributed smart grids and ensure affordable
access electricity Upgrade replace every building for state-of the-art energy ciency Massively expand clean manufacturing (like solar panel factories, wind
turbine factories, battery and storage manufacturing, energy cient
manufacturing components) and remove pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions from manufacturing Work with farmers and ranchers create sustainable, pollution and
greenhouse gas free, food system that ensures universal access
healthy food and expands independent familyfarming Totally overhaul transportation massively expanding electric vehicle
manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-
speed rail scale where air travel stops becoming necessary. create
affordable public transit available all, With goal replace every
combustionrengine vehicle Mitigate long-term health effects climate change and pollution Remove greenhouse gases from our atmosphere and pollution through
afforestation, presentation, and other methods restoring our natural
ecosystems Restore all our damaged and threatened ecosystems Clean all the existing hazardous waste sites and abandoned sites Identify new emission sources and create solutions eliminate those
emissions Make the the leader addressing climate change and share our
technology, expertise and products with the rest the world bring
about global Green New Deal Social and economic justice and security through requirements:
Massive federal investments and assistance organizations and
businesses participating the green new deal and ensuring the public
gets return that investment
Ensure the environmental and social costs emissions are taken into
Provide lob training and education all
Invest RD new clean and renewable energy technologies
Doing direct investments frontline and deindustrialized communities
that would otherwise hurt the transition prioritize economic
bene there
Use democratic and participatory processes led frontline and
vulnerable communities implement GND proiects locally
Ensure that all GND jobs are union jobs that pay prevailing wages and
hire local
Guarantee job with familyrsustaining wages
Protect right all workers unionize and organize
Strengthen and enforce labor. workplace health and safety.
antidiscrimination. and wage and hour standards
Enact and enforce trade rules stop the transfer jobs and pollution
overseas and grow domestic manufacturing
Ensure public lands, waters, and oceans are protected and eminent
domain not abused
Obtain free, prior, and informed consent Indigenous peoples
Ensure economic environment free monopolies and unfair
Provide highrquality health care. housing. economic security. and clean
air, clean water, healthy food, and nature all