Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet “100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources,” including dramatic increases in wind and solar power. A news conference at the Capitol is set for Thursday, the day they introduce the resolution. Data from NASA and NOAA show a continuing pattern of the gloabl temperatures rising since 1880. The three hottest years on record were 2015, 2016 and 2017, followed by 2018. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019) While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez’s strongest supporters. Even so, their Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack… Read full this story
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