Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Endorses Green New Deal

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The billionaire businessman and a proud climate change skeptic stopped short of traditionally branding it the "worst deal" ever, but he apparently believes spending trillions to fully transform and rebuild the U.S. economy would be a waste that'd undermine America's competitive advantage on the world stage.

The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as improvements in education and affordable housing.

In other words, the fact that the Green New Deal divides the Democratic Party is a feature, not a bug.

It also moves climate change into the spotlight as the USA heads toward the 2020 presidential election.

But at least one of the chief policy architects of the resolution isn't looking to make other proposals look good; he's trying to make other Democrats look bad.

The new push comes after President Trump failed to mention climate change in his State of the Union address last week.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said on Sunday he supported the recently released "Green New Deal" resolution from New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. I have a 10-year-old and 7-year-old.

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The plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels, The Associated Press reported.

The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to tackle climate change with specific mandates, such as shifting 100 percent of USA power demands onto renewable sources within a decade.

The resolution urges elimination of greenhouse gas emissions "as much as technologically feasible" in a range of economic sectors.

However, after walking through the contents of the Green New Deal, their tune quickly shifted.

But later that day, it seems Ocasio-Cortez forgot what she'd said earlier, pushing the label of "massive government intervention" as one coming from the right.

The Green New Deal introduced by progressive members of Congress is getting another endorsement from a possible 2020 presidential candidate.