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.


12/16/2019 11:13 PM


  • Philip V.
    12/30/2019 02:29

    Lol 2008 till now . Nothing but solar power , wind power and hydroelectric. Electric cars and so one . We made leaps. Hell I was hearing things like this in the 80s and 90s . We have had plenty of time. What happened ? What's the solution? That's right. We dont have one but what we are doing. Funny , all that money on this impeachment crap could have been put towards more research in this but you know how people are. Gotta have it their way .

  • Hutsie K.
    12/29/2019 00:17

    F off f head and you know to

  • Mike R.
    12/28/2019 21:05

    Al Gore made millions off this! Thats the real green deal!

  • Jordan R.
    12/22/2019 03:36

  • Scott D.
    12/21/2019 19:09

    When your economy sucks as bad as Europe's you can do stupid meaningless crap like this and no one will notice. Try this type of $hit in the US and you will get to see what 400 million legal privately owned firearms look like.

  • Carry M.
    12/21/2019 05:16

    Ainofiu yiu mr pres inamwo ika cchowe re impijinuk nge aijok tongonuk pwan tori cchonimwom

  • Frank F.
    12/21/2019 01:33

    news flash hippies , even if you manage to go 0 emissions the earths climate will still change because the real cause here is POLE SHIFT,

  • Richard N.
    12/19/2019 23:37

    its all a scam say hell no to the green eal

  • Joey B.
    12/19/2019 02:06

    Everybody know the problem it’s the oil industry but money can stop your mouth from saying the true effects of global disaster no more global warming!!!😂

  • John Y.
    12/18/2019 03:33

    morons pushing the control over every person

  • Jerry W.
    12/18/2019 01:21

    Facebook is pushing this. Earlier I opted out of seeing anything from brut. Now, just hours later, they are back on my feed.

  • Demetri S.
    12/17/2019 23:39

    Yes, stupid ideas are copied by other stupid people. Your point? Brut, look at Gillette. Go Woke, Go Broke.

  • John M.
    12/17/2019 17:01

    😂 like France with $8.00 a gallon prices? Excellent move progressives, it’s to bad the labor party devoured you in the primaries. ☹️

  • Jeff M.
    12/17/2019 16:50

    total scam

  • Frank M.
    12/17/2019 00:24

    Liar liar pants on fire....

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