Maloney supports “Green New Deal” to fight climate change

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, was one of 67 House Democrats to co-sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” a non-binding resolution introduced on Thursday that lays out goals for arresting global warming and creating jobs that has thrilled progressives and invited scorn from Republicans.

“Climate change is a clear and present danger,” Maloney said in a statement of support. “We can’t sit on our hands or wait around anymore – it’s time to find bold solutions. The Green New Deal will help us find a strategy to take action in time for it to do us some good. Time is not our friend in this fight. The sooner we find real solutions, the easier it will be to stop the problem.”

The resolution is more of an environmental call to arms and litany of ideals than a policy prescription. It calls for a 10-year, national “mobilization” to pursue such goals as: a complete shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources; the renovation of all buildings to make them energy- and water-efficient; and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from factories and vehicles, “as much as is technologically feasible.” There is also language about creating “high-quality union jobs,” ensuring paid family and medical leave and protecting workers’ rights to organize unions.

Twelve of New York’s 21 House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, co-sponsored the green manifesto. Activists gathered at Rep. Antonio Delgado’s district office in Kingston on Friday to urge him to add his name to the resolution, which they described as “a broad environmental, social justice and economic equality vision.”

Republicans attacked the document as a recipe for “a government takeover of the nation’s economy,” and condemned what they said would be the huge cost of retrofitting buildings. “The only thing the ‘Green New Deal’ will guarantee is higher taxes and bigger government,” Michael McAdams, an NRCC spokesman, said in a press release.

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