Despite being labelled as a “socialist manifesto”, the Green New Deal (GND) on climate change and jobs has sparked a lively debate in US politics. So what’s in the deal and what will be its likely impact?
President Trump was quick to thrash the Democrats’ new approach to tackling rising temperatures.
Speaking in El Paso, he said the Green New Deal amounted to “taking away your car, taking away your plane flights”.
However in its current form, the GND is more a political statement than a set of proposals aimed at penalising US citizens.
Introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, the GND is a large scale re-imagining of how economies should work to deal with the root causes of climate change.
It firmly and deliberately sets out to echo the past glories of FDR and the economic New Deal of the 1930s.
Republican leader in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, said on Tuesday he will bring it to the Senate floor for a vote, so Democrats will have to back it or distance themselves from it.
In the document, the GND calls for a “new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilisation on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal.”
I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
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The plan is built around the recent warnings from scientists about the impacts on the planet of a temperature rise of 2