Green New Deal Gaining Traction in US
The Green New Deal is a sweeping policy proposal that combines environmental and economic reforms. It’s not in the least bit controversial, unlike many of its more controversial predecessors.
Environmental and economic reform are often seen as polar opposites. The popular conception of the “grassroots” movement is a conservative one, in other words, designed to keep the government’s hands off of its economy. But recently, “green” has been adopted by liberals as well as conservatives.
Indeed, the Green New Deal’s centerpiece is a revamping of the energy sector. That’s why it’s commonly referred to as the “Green Energy Act”.
The bill’s aim is to make the United States more climate-neutral and environmentally friendly. The Green New Deal would shift the nation’s energy production away from petroleum-based fuels, and turn instead to renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and hydroelectricity. It would also make some trade-related concessions to corporations, like allowing for the importation of imported goods.
It’s a direct response to the dramatic changes in climate that are taking place across the country as well as sea level rise. The country needs to make a huge switch from fossil fuels to renewables as quickly as possible.
Presidential candidates will need to run strongly on the Green New Deal’s promise of “100 percent green electricity” to get their supporters’ attention. It’s a pretty good bet that most of them will have to jump on the bandwagon and rally the American public’s attention.