WASHINGTON – Supporters and opponents are coming forward to make their opinion known of the ‘Green New Deal’ introduced into the House of Representatives today by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts).
For his part, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado), who represents El Paso, Teller, Fremont, Park and Chaffee counties calls the idea “irresponsible.”
“Today we got our chance to see the Green New Deal. Speaker Pelosi calls it a ‘green dream’ but it is actually a nightmare. This nonbinding resolution makes grandiose socialistic promises of jobs for everyone, free college, and prosperity while calling for policies that we know will bankrupt our economy, destroy jobs, and destabilize the nation. It’s an irresponsible proposal that no serious person can support.” – Rep. Doug Lamborn
The resolution calls for meeting all power demands in the US through renewable energy and zero-emissions energy sources by 2030. The supporters plan to aid this plan by repairing and upgrading all US infrastructure, upgrading or replacing every building for energy efficiency, strong support for electric-only vehicles and deep investment in high speed rail to eliminate the need for air travel and combustion-engines.
There’s also provisions harking back to the Depression-era President Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration in calling for “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
So far the staff and campaigns of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) have confirmed they are co-sponsors. Ocasio-Cortez staff estimates 60 co-sponsors will come forward in the House of Representatives.
Getting this plan out of the Democrat majority House will be a challenge. Having the Republican-controlled Senate approve is likely not possible.
News5 will keep you updated as we hear more reactions from your lawmakers in Washington.