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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:22 PM

Getting to the Bottom of the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is suddenly on everyone’s lips. Freshman superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is championing it. The GOP’s anti-tax jihadi Grover Norquist is trashing it. But what is it? And where did it come from? And why were its backers protesting Nancy Pelosi?

Rolling Stone spoke to Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, the grassroots outfit that is partnering with a new generation of Democratic leaders to push the ambitious agenda to the fore. The Green New Deal has three pillars, according to Sunrise: 100 percent clean energy by 2030; investment in communities “on the frontlines of poverty & pollution”; and the guarantee of a quality job for “anyone ready to make this happen.”

The push for this climate-focused revival of the economic mobilization that rescued America from the Great Depression in the 1930s has surprising momentum. After the midterms, Sunrise organized sit-in protests at Pelosi’s office, including one joined by Ocasio-Cortez, prompting the incoming Speaker to launch a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The platform is a hit among progressive voters, and support for the Green New Deal is emerging as a litmus test on the 2020 campaign trail. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the first declared Democratic candidates, has embraced “the idea of a Green New Deal” in her presidential platform. Beto O’Rourke calls himself “supportive of the concept.”

Prakash, who hails from Boston, recognizes that the Trump presidency creates an insurmountable obstacle for the next two years. But Sunrise believes the moment is now to lay the moral, policy and political foundation for a socio-economic transformation to begin after 2020.



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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:49 PM

1. A Global Green New Deal 2009 by: United Nations Environment


A Global Green New Deal
Barbier, Edward. A Global Green New Deal, Report prepared for the Green Economy Initiative of UNEP., 2009
by: United Nations Environment

This report was commissioned by UNEP in response to the multiple global crises of 2008 – fuel, food and financial. The report proposes a mix of policy actions that would stimulate economic recovery and at the same time improve the sustainability of the world economy. The Global Green New Deal (GGND) calls on governments to allocate a significant share of stimulus funding to green sectors and sets out three objectives: (i) economic recovery; (ii) poverty eradication; and (iii) reduced carbon emissions and ecosystem degradation; and proposed a framework for green stimulus programs as well as supportive domestic and international policies.

National actions proposed for the GGND include:

• US, the EU and other high income OECD economies, as well as middle and high income economies of the G20, should spend over 2 years at least 1% of their GDP on reducing carbon dependency;

• Developing economies should also implement national actions proposed for reducing carbon dependencies, should spend at least 1% of GDP on improving clean water and sanitation for the poor, should develop safety net programs and health and educational services, and should adopt other national actions for improving sustainability of their primary production activities.


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