What’s being called a “Green New Deal,” a wide-ranging effort to tackle climate change, with overtones of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s sweeping 1933 New Deal to counter the Great Depression, was unveiled by Democrats Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez called it a “first step” in defining the problem and the “scope of the solution.”
“Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference.
“That’s what this agenda is all about. Because climate change – climate change and our environmental changes are one of the biggest existential threats to our way of life – not just as a nation but as a world.”