February 07, 2019

Congressman Joe Neguse Introduces Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02) joined Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Green New Deal resolution  which resolves to work toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and to ensure that jobs created in the transition provide living wages, equal opportunity and work to counteract systemic racial, regional, social and economic injustices

“Climate change is an existential threat that we need to begin tackling with bold action. The Green New Deal outlines a pathway for a full transition to 100 percent renewable electricity at the federal level and ensures that we leverage the skills and ingenuity of the American workforce in the process,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “There is no longer a debate about whether climate change is real, the only conversation left is how we reverse its course. We do not have time to wait. We are the generation that will heal our planet.”

“The latest climate report from the UN says we have only 12 years to transform our economy to preserve the stable climate human civilization has depended on for milenia,” said Varshini Prakash, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Sunrise Movement. “Any politician who wants to be taken seriously by young people needs to join Rep. Neguse and others, and back this resolution."

“I’m grateful for the leadership of my colleague Representative Ocasio-Cortez for leading this effort and mobilizing a movement of engagement around this pressing issue,” continued Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m honored to stand with her today to introduce this resolution, and look forward to continuing to partner with her on addressing the most pressing issue of our time.”

The resolution resolves to work towards a Green New Deal, that by the year 2030 would establish public funding for climate resiliency, carry out long-overdue improvements on U.S. infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water, build energy-efficient power grids and expand existing renewable power sources with the goal of reaching 100 percent demand for power with clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources. In addition, the measure aims to combat income inequality by ensuring the Green New Deal guarantees good-paying full-benefit jobs for workers who participate in the green energy transition.