The Green New Deal (GND) was introduced by Democratic legislators in the U.S. to serve as a framework for future legislation designed to eliminate America’s carbon footprint by 2030. It aims to overhaul the economy and calls for a speedy shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources such as solar and wind.
With the release of the GND, the document has received mixed reactions with some supporting the bold move, and others criticizing its goal. When taking a look at its critics, most of the criticisms seems to focus on its scope and lack of sufficient details.
Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz believes that a 10-year time frame to achieve zero carbon is impractical. The measure also lacks specific strategies for addressing the climate change issue such as cap-and-trade program or carbon tax.
Environmental organizations generally support GND but some are disappointed because it does not call for a complete end to the use of fossil fuels.
Overall, despite which side you support, the biggest achievement of GND is the energy it has brought to young activists such as the Sunrise Movement which plans to launch a “nationwide day of action” to lobby members of the U.S. Congress to support the legislation. How far this support will go will be an interesting thing to watch over the next ten years.