by Penny Starr
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a self-described Democratic Socialist, introduced the Green New Deal on Thursday, which is a resolution that calls for transforming the United States economy.
Ocasio-Cortez gave her plan first to National Public Radio (NPR), which called her “the most famous member of Congress” and “a media star” in an interview aired on Thursday [Surprise, surprise – ADB].
“Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR on Morning Edition.
The House Resolution, which is yet to be numbered, is prefaced with “facts” about climate change according to the United Nation’s October 2018 report, ‘‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC’’ from its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the federal government’s November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report.
Both reports, which rely on forecast models, blame human activity for climate change, and Ocasio-Cortez blames the U.S. specifically:
The United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity. The United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation.
The resolution, which provides no specifics for how to achieve or pay for its broad goals — “net-zero emissions by 2050,” “wage and benefit parity for workers,” “counteract[ing] systemic injustices,” “repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities,” and universal health care — has 50 Democrat cosponsors, according to NPR. Read the rest of this article HERE.