Ed Markey (D-Mass.) aims to reduce greenhouse gases, among other goals.
US President Donald Trump has mocked the so-called Green New Deal initiative spearheaded by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), seeking to "revolutionize" the US economy by any means necessary.
"I think the elegance, from a policy perspective, of the concept of the Green New Deal, is that it matches a sense of urgency about that problem with climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent", Buttigieg explained.
Ocasio-Cortez said the plan addresses the growing frustration among young people who feel that more needs to be done to fight global warming.
Capturing a sentiment often expressed by those who want to see the resolution passed, Organic Consumers Association worldwide director Ronnie Cummins described it as "the only solution that matches the scale of our multiple crises, including global warming, corporate control of our food system, income inequality, and the general decline of our environment and our democracy". The youth-led Sunrise Movement, which has spearheaded grassroots organizing in favor of the deal, is planning more than 600 congressional office visits this week to garner support.
While the resolution, as co-sponsor Sen.
The Bronx having one of the highest child asthma rates isn't an accident.
While the bill is unlikely to pass in the divided 116th Congress, Progressive Democrats in Congress and grassroots activists are further pushing environmental policy forward into the public mainstream, especially during the upcoming 2020 presidential election. "I would say it's a favorable act", one student said succinctly.
Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Thursday released a 14-page document outlining their Green New Deal, an attempt to drastically overhaul the USA economy and energy system.
It also moves climate change into the spotlight as the USA heads toward the 2020 presidential election.