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Green New Deal Puts Many 2020 Democrats Outside the Mainstream

Democrat presidential candidates were eager to sign on to the resolution, but the policies it includes are putting these Democrats on the farthest fringes of the environmental debate.

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2019 @11:30am
Green New Deal Puts Many 2020 Democrats Outside the Mainstream

A surprising number of Democrats, including perceived frontrunners in the 2020 presidential contest, have signed on to the Green New Deal, a loose collection of far-left policies designed to curb carbon emissions in the U.S.

The Green New Deal’s goal is to create a “greenhouse-gas-neutral society” in just 10 years. To call it audacious would be a dramatic understatement. Here are a few of the particulars, per the Los Angeles Times:

It calls for a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, but also the guarantee of a living-wage job with paid vacation to every American. One passage talks about upgrading every building in the United States for energy efficiency and another about providing all Americans “high-quality healthcare.”

To put it mildly, the Green New Deal “would be tough to implement and potentially extremely expensive… if it passed,” according to NPR. That’s no surprise, when one considers the resolution “emphasizes massive public investment in wind and solar production, zero-emission vehicles and high-speed rail, energy-efficient buildings, and smart power grids,” according to CNN.

The resolution’s sponsors may not want to admit it, but if they actually wish to accomplish the goals set forth in this bill, it will require trillions of dollars of investment and completely overhaul the U.S. economy.

Despite the fact that it’s highly unlikely to ever be approved by Congress, Democrats running for president were eager to stand behind the bill. Fearful of a particularly loud far-left wing of the party, these Democrats need to show they take these issues seriously, and the Green New Deal provides an avenue for just that.

Presidential candidates, however, were not hedging. Polling shows that among engaged Democratic primary voters, climate has moved into the top tier of concerns. Those voters are looking for a compelling vision to rally around and eager for a message that can rival the fossil-fuel-driven “energy dominance” theme President Trump used to woo blue-collar workers.

In addition to Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, all co-sponsors of Thursday’s plan, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing a possible presidential bid that would focus almost entirely on climate issues.

By signing on to this resolution, these Democrats are appeasing the far-left fringes of their party while simultaneously signaling to the independents and moderates they will need in the general election that this is their vision for the immediate future for the U.S. economy.

It’s a risky bet, and one that Republicans and President Trump will likely use to their advantage.

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