(Washington) - Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proposed the 'Green New Deal', which is legislation she says will drastically curb green house emissions while creating jobs and improving infrastructure throughout the country.
Ocasio-Cortez proposal calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers, as well as job creation and investment in infrastructure.
Ocasio-Cortez says climate change won't happen unless other problems of inequality across communities are addressed too.
The Republican National Committee called the plan a socialist wish list and said it would kill at least one million jobs and disrupt global trade. Key points of Ocasio-Cortez's plan include:
*The expansion of electric car manufacturing with charging stations easily accessible to Americans to remove combustible engines from U.S. roads
*Working with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as is technologically feasible while supporting family farms while promoting universal access to healthy food
*Upgrading all existing buildings in the country for energy efficiency
*Guaranteeing every American a job with sustaining wage with family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security
*Overhauling transportation systems to curb greenhouse gas emissions, expanding high speed rail service to a scale where air travel becomes unnecessary
*High quality health care for all Americans
Ocasio-Cortez's plan targets a net-zero carbon economy by the year 2050. The key here, the plan does not lay out guidance on 'how' to implement her wishes.
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