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The history of the Green New Deal

The EU has released its European Green Deal — which was inspired by a similar proposal from progressive politicians in the U.S. Here’s how the initiative began and soon caught on.

The origins of the proposed U.S. legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality

The story began in the 2000s. Some say it all began on a cold Friday in January 2007, when three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman used the term “Green New Deal” in a New York Times column, referencing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. In his piece, the pro-globalization columnist wrote about revitalizing the U.S. ending the addiction to oil and called for a drastic renewable turnaround. One year later, Barack Obama added a Green New Deal to his platform.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, a report by economic and environmental group the Green New Deal Group was published in the UK. It proposed ways to tackle global warming, the ongoing financial crisis and peak oil. In 2009, the concept was put on wider footing. The UN drafted a report calling for a Global Green New Deal aimed at creating jobs in renewable industries to boost the economy and to curb climate change after the crisis.

9 years later, the term made a comeback. A youth activist group called Sunrise Movement re-popularized the name and held a sit-in in Nancy Pelosi’s office. On February 7th, 2019, a Green New Deal was introduced in Congress by Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey. It calls on the U.S. government to move away from fossil fuels, decrease emissions and aims to assure new jobs in clean energy industries. It’s combined with economic and social reform, like increasing tax on the super-rich and investing in infrastructure and renewable energy.

The goal is for the U.S. to be 100% renewable within a 10-year period. 9 months later, the European Commission announced its own Green Deal. The plan would require EU countries to transform their economy, find new jobs for millions of people, cut emissions by at least 50%, and commit to net-neutral emissions by 2050. It would cost the EU a trillion euros by 2030.

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12/16/2019 11:13 PM

15 comments

  • Ana J.
    10/05/2020 10:37

    And stupid

  • Jason S.
    10/05/2020 06:14

    Green deal is a scam

  • Aroti B.
    10/04/2020 08:13

    Wow amazing

  • Thomas L.
    10/03/2020 07:07

    This story will be credible and believable when banks stop lending money or governments withdraw all funding for sea front / beach front property developments, all coal and / or fossil fuel based industries, and such like initiatives . . .

  • Sam K.
    10/02/2020 20:53

    Nice story, but actual nobody does reacting in the real world...europe pays now coal companies for lost winning while they are forced to back off from coal, same with nuclear power... Lost winnings are the money they dont can make anymore, but, now we pay them with tax money while they dont do anything... There are even anti environment companies winning in court against the actual environment...because, allmost nobody is there to speak for the nature

  • Shantiranjan D.
    10/02/2020 09:42

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  • Ali A.
    10/02/2020 03:04

    Teespring.com/nature_is_calling

  • James R.
    10/02/2020 00:14

    The US is so far behind the rest of the world in this. Many countries have Greens parties with members in parliament or whatever decision-making body they have, Big oil, coal and gas (in the way the tobacco companies operated to stay afloat) are ensuring that citizens fear this movement, not welcome it.

  • Jonathan M.
    10/01/2020 22:45

    This is incredible. The video opens with a shot of a trump rally booing the green new deal which tells the viewer what the correct opinion is.

  • Vicki H.
    10/01/2020 22:37

    People voting Trump are voting for the end of humanity.

  • Jonathan M.
    10/01/2020 21:42

    Widespread ignorance will never provide electric power to the people. Wind and solar are proving to be unreliable, can't be stored and very costly in the mining, manufacturing and being nearly non-recyclable...Oops!

  • Andreea B.
    10/01/2020 21:30

    I just love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the way she fights for the people. Such a strong person 😊

  • Issam A.
    10/01/2020 19:20

    Ah yes political propaganda.

  • April A.
    10/01/2020 17:57

    Trump rolled back so many environmental policies to make way for big business to make money and do as they wish. Pollute. While fines were paid by polluters for life or until they met minimum standards Trump made it one fine and asks them to meet minimum standards No policing and no timeline set to meet those standards. How sad for us!

  • Edward B.
    10/01/2020 17:37

    Now, or in the future there will be no future.

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