Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the original sponsors of the Green New Deal, have reintroduced the Green New Deal legislation, whose goal is to eliminate fossil fuels in a decade while creating millions of well-paying jobs. According to the Washington Post, Markey and Ocasio-Cortez say they’re aiming to ensure that Democrats’ landmark climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act, is implemented in a way that upholds the Green New Deal’s core principles.
According to Markey, “The Green New Deal jump-started the movement that won the IRA, a historic accomplishment that represents a major down payment on the Green New Deal goals.” He added, “We want to make sure it’s implemented so that front line environmental justice communities, who have for too long borne the brunt of the climate crisis, are getting the benefits which they were promised.”
Green New Dealers unveiled Delivering a Green New Deal, an implementation guide that tells states, localities, tribes, and others how to use funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and the bipartisan infrastructure law. It tells how communities can use federal funding to meet the principles of the Green New Deal — “creating good-paying jobs, promoting justice and equity, and acting on climate with the urgency and scope demanded by the science.” According to the Delivering a Green New Deal, every program in the infrastructure law and the Inflation Reduction Act “must be explicitly designed and implemented with these principles in mind — otherwise, these investments could worsen inequality and climate change.”
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