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The Green New Deal Is What Everyone In Politics Is Talking About. Here’s What It’s All About

First, let’s start with the science. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report in December 2018 that revealed that humanity has just under 12 years to redirect the carbon-emitting ship to avoid irrevocable impacts on literally life as we know it. The planet will get hotter, wildfires will dramatically worsen; storms like Hurricane Maria and Michael will become the new norm; our government will spend billions on natural disaster relief. There will be no turning back.

Climate change may not be an urgent issue for senior citizens, who will likely depart from this planet without experiencing the tragedies passed onto our generation. Foremost freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC, as she’s lovingly dubbed), is taking over the ship with legislation called “The Green New Deal.” Here’s what you need to know about the policies she is proposing.

While Ocasio-Cortez ran on climate change issues, she stepped up to the job well before she started getting paid for it.

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After Democrats reclaimed the House majority, 200 activists from “Sunrise Movement” took the opportunity to make an early bid on the 2020 Democratic agenda. Ocasio-Cortez was here for it and told the activists that she was “proud of every single one of you.”

The protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office was a risky political move for Ocasio-Cortez.

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Pelosi the Speaker of the House again, and the youth activists wanted to ensure that Democrats had a plan to combat climate change. Climate change action has not been a top priority for establishment Democrats and members like Ocasio-Cortez hope to change that.

Ocasio-Cortez proposed the boldest yet select committee to combat carbon emissions.

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One of the most obvious components of her proposal is to elect members who receive zero dollars from the fossil fuel industry. It makes sense because oil companies have been fighting policies that would reverse climate change because it would impede their businesses.

Folks thought it would take Ocasio-Cortez a full year to gain support for the committee, but she got it within weeks.

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Backed by youth-led organizations, Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, constituents were excited at the prospect of a serious committee devoted to the Green New Deal change. Pelosi gave everyone the cold shoulder by essentially reorganizing the 2007-2011 “Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.”

Pelosi’s committee has not committed to rejecting donation dollars from fossil fuel companies and lobbyists.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Pelosi’s clear rebuke was this: “Our ultimate end goal isn’t a Select Committee. Our goal is to treat Climate Change like the serious, existential threat it is by drafting an ambitious solution on the scale necessary – aka a Green New Deal – to get it done. A weak committee misses the point & endangers people.”

It’s not enough. El gente want the Green New Deal and they want it now.

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We’re all talking about it, including every single big name in politics, from Cory Booker to Al Gore.

Let’s deep dive into the history, expectations, and setbacks we’ve seen thus far in the Green New Deal.

The title is reminiscent of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” of the 1930s.

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Latent in the mere history of the name, we can reimagine a future of thousands of federal jobs built off the renewable energy industry, much like Americans during the Great Depression benefitted from the jobs that Roosevelt created by this sweeping social and economic reform bill.

This addresses the climate crisis, yes, while also seeking to create jobs and eradicate poverty.

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the first to coin this term.

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The term “Green New Deal” has been around for decades, with Green Party elites like Jill Stein and Democratic progressives like Bernie Sanders using the term to reference an ideology. Ocasio-Cortez is the one with the power to make it real.

Embedded in the Green New Deal is a reinstitution of 70 percent marginal, progressive tax rates to help pay for the transition to a renewable economy.

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Of course, FOX News and conservative think tanks have called this “radical.” In reality, there is a long history of high marginal tax rates on the super wealthy in the U.S.

Basically, the multi-millionaires and billionaires can keep their first $10 million, and be taxed 70 percent on the rest.

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If we look further back in history, President Eisenhower taxed individuals who were making $200,000 or more 91 percent. The GOP has been slashing tax cuts for the wealthy ever since and decrying the existence of public services like welfare or food stamps.

We agree that if someone can have a private Uber helipad, that mothers working 80 hours a week should be able to feed her kids. Those two scenarios can exist in the same city.

So how does it work?

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Ocasio-Cortez has already written a proposed scope for the GND, and she’s actually published the link to her Google Doc. I love millennials.

The Green New Deal must plan to 100 percent decarbonize the federal economy.

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Ocasio-Cortez is calling for 100 percent renewable electricity powering our government within ten years. That’s not a ban on fossil fuels; its divestment of the American federal government from the fossil fuel industry, which is tanking our hopes of a long, sustainable future.

It’s a big ask, and while it seems unlikely given the current political atmosphere of climate change deniers leading the country, it’s a goal worth aspiring to.

There must be federal jobs guaranteed.

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Overhauling government buildings to become zero-carbon edifices (buildings produce 40 percent of US carbon emissions) alone is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Where will the money go? To jobs for the lower and middle class. Construction; engineering; policy experts will all be bolstered by this undertaking.

Unlike the original New Deal, the Green New Deal must be equitable and just for all.

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There must be protections for those hardest hit by a shift in economy standards. Ocasio-Cortez’s own document references “low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, [and] the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution, and other environmental harm.”

That means environmental justice for those in Flint, Puerto Rico, and so many other communities disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices.

Just last week, a letter signed by 626 organizations in support of the Green New Deal was sent to Congress members.

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Look, it’s not like we’re pioneers here. Countries like Finland (think: cold, lots of heating) already produce two-thirds of their electricity from renewable sources. Si se puede.

One poll shows that 82 percent of Americans have heard “nothing at all” about the Green New Deal.

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The poll was administered online to 966 registered voters who were not given any information about partisan support. The polling came from Data for Progress between Nov. 28 – Dec 11.

The same bipartisan poll found that the Green New Deal has  81 percent of the public’s support.

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It had 92 percent support from Democrats and 64 percent support from Republicans and 88 percent support from Independents. Yale experts are continuing the narrative from a bipartisan perspective to avoid divisive polarity over an issue that most Americans agree on (once explained to them).

“We’re going to need sustained mass protest, extended labor shutdowns, and general strikes to begin as soon as possible after Election Day 2020.”

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Here’s the thing. We’re all for this, but when this legislation is passed to the Senate, it’ll head up against the energy and Natural Resources Committee run by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He shot down a climate bill that did next to nothing compared to the Green New Deal.

Then it would have to be signed by President Trump.

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Inevitably, we won’t see this bill reach the oval office until at least January 2021. All eyes will be on the 2020 election as we move closer and closer to an irreverible climate catastrophe.

With the Pentagon just declaring climate change as a national crisis, we’re hopping on the Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal train.

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She may be our only saving grace. Call your Reps and let them know what you think about the proposed Green New Deal.


READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Unapologetically Bringing Puerto Rico To The Halls Of Congress

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AOC Teams Up With NYC Mayor And Assembly Member To Get The Vacunabus To Those Who Need It

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AOC Teams Up With NYC Mayor And Assembly Member To Get The Vacunabus To Those Who Need It

The Covid vaccine has proven to be the most important tool in getting life back to normal. Yet, access to the vaccine is not the same for everyone across the board. Some community don’t have the same access as others and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is changing that in New York City.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is part of the team that has created the Vacunabus in NYC.

The Vacunabus is exactly what you think it is. The mobile vaccination center is going into hard-to-reach communities to create a more equitable distribution of the life-saving vaccine. Right now, the bus is focusing on a specific group of people that need the vaccine: food service workers and undocumented immigrants. After that, the bus will focus on the homeless community in an attempt to vaccinate as many people as possible.

“There’s 500,000 New Yorkers who work in restaurants and we want to find all of them who want to be vaccinated and make it easier for them,” Sean Feeney, co-founder of Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants — or ROAR, told CBS NewYork.

The mobile vaccine centers are an expansion of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first vaccination bus.

As American yearn for their lives to get back to normal, it is imperative that the vaccine rollout include as many people as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently relaxed mask restrictions for all fully vaccinated people. If you are fully vaccinated, you can now participate in indoor and outdoor activities in groups with no masks and no physical distancing. It is a sign that that vaccine is the only way for life to get back to normal. It is welcomed news after more than a year of physical distancing and mask-wearing.

“We have all longed for this moment,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

It’s been a long quarantine but as the vaccine continues to roll out, we can all start to breathe a cautious sigh of relief. We are almost there.

READ: Ted Cruz Calls Fellow Senator ‘Complete Ass’ For Wearing Masks Indoors Per Health Guidelines

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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