The Green New Deal, explained


Every few years, they gather to tell us what’s
happening to our warming planet. In 2018, they had some news. “It’s very clear that half a degree matters.” This is a chart of how much the global temperature
has gone up since we discovered fossil fuels. For a long time, scientists said that we should
try to stay under this line: 1.5 degrees celsius. But that really, we’d be okay if
we ended up below this line: 2 degrees. Now they were saying, that wasn’t quite right. That we’re not safe in this zone. And that hitting this line will mean a spike
in mass migration, wildfires, deadly heat stress – and it’s going to cost us. “Trillions of dollars, millions of lives. Irreversible, forever. Changes that cannot
be undone in centuries.” That’s what happens if we get warming to
stop here. And right now, we’re on track to go way past
that. “If action is not taken, it will take the
planet into an unprecedented climate future, if we compare it to what has happened during all of human evolutionary history.” We don’t have a plan for this. So a group of American activists started
to make one. They recruited a Congresswoman and a senator
to turn it into a Congressional resolution. It’s the first step of a plan that has mostly
yet to be written. It’s called the Green New Deal. And inside, there’s something we might not
want to hear. This is the Green New Deal resolution. It’s only 14 pages. And to understand what’s in it, it’s important
to understand what’s not. “It is not a bill. It’s not legislation. It’s not a policy proposal. It’s not anything that you could pass and make law.” This is my colleague David Roberts. Dave’s written a lot about the Green New Deal. And he says the 14-page resolution is just
a first step. “The idea was, what’s our shared understanding
of the problem, and what’s necessary to solve it?” The Green New Deal contains basically two
big ideas. The first is this question of what we need
to do to solve the impending climate crisis. The Green New Deal says what climate scientists say: We need to completely stop burning fossil fuels — “as much as technologically feasible.” “So that means things like rethinking vehicles, energy efficiency standards for buildings, changing the ways we make steel and concrete.” That’s Rhiana Gunn-Wright. She’s part of the think tank that came up
with the Green New Deal. “Policy director at New Consensus.” Rhiana writes policy. And she likes to rattle off the things that moving
away from fossil fuels will entail. “Moving to electric vehicles. Make that home energy efficient. The food that you buy will be grown locally.” The Green New Deal requires building a lot of new things, the things to power the world, without
fossil fuels. And that’ll create new jobs, new industries,
an entire new economy. But Rhiana also emphasizes that this is going
to inflict a cost. “It’s going to be a massive undertaking, because
we’re asking how do we rethink the ways we use energy in our society.” A key principle of the Green New Deal is that
it’s too late to incrementally move away from fossil fuels. It has to happen quickly, and dramatically. Or as Dave puts it:
“People don’t seem to get, zero emissions means zero oil business, zero natural gas
business. No coal business, no internal combustion
engine auto business. The number “zero” means it all has to go.”” Here’s what decarbonizing will do. When we rip out fossil fuels from the economy,
people are going to lose their jobs. And that means they’ll lose their health
care and maybe their homes. But the Green New Deal also has a second part. And this part acknowledges that transitioning
Americans away from fossil fuels is a huge and difficult ask — especially at a time when so many live in
economic uncertainty. “How can we go to the American people and
say ‘I sure hope you aren’t one of the people who loses a job, because then you might
die, sick on the street. Good luck. Now will you sign my bill?'” This is the contradiction that the Green New
Deal describes. It’s the part we may not want to hear: That we need to take action, and also that
taking action will cause pain. Imagine you’re a coal worker. If the US decarbonizes, you are going to suffer. So this second part is a set of promises,
for how Americans will be protected during the transition away from fossil fuels. “Jobs guarantee, public employment, universal
healthcare, education and training.” “The basic elements of economic freedom
that ought to be promised and due to every citizen of the richest country in the world.” And these promises aren’t just for protecting
coal workers. They’re meant to keep all inequality from
getting even worse during the transition. Because think about what direction wealth,
and power, usually flow in — when new things get built. It’s the communities with the most political
clout who decide where things can and can’t be built. Wealthy corporations jump in to build those
projects. And the good jobs go to people who can afford
to get trained for them. “The folks who have the fewest barriers will
be the ones who benefit the most, and you’re just going to see a replication of the issues
that we have now.” In other words, anyone who’s historically
missed out on those benefits — especially the poor, and people of color — could end
up even worse off. So the Green New Deal says, we should rebuild
the American economy — in a way that allows opportunity to flow more fairly. “The Green New Deal is about: While
we have this chance, why don’t we think about that proactively to change it in the ways that
people have been calling for it to be changed for generations at this point.” So the first part of the Green New Deal is
a set of goals to avoid a global disaster. The second part says we should do it in a
way that helps ordinary Americans come out better on the other side. And that’s it. That’s all that’s in these 14 pages. It’s just a first step. And now, Rhiana’s job is to figure out how
to go from this 14-page resolution to an actual Green New Deal – a road map for what government
needs to do next. And their goal is that, if Democrats win power
in 2020, there’s a plan ready to execute. For now, though, the Green New Deal is just
asking our leaders to acknowledge the scale of the problems we face. “This disastrous plan …” “… would be a massive government takeover…” “… it would stifle innovation…” “… wasteful and reckless spending…” “… rather than setting realistic goals…
” “… we would go from about 94 million cows
to zero cows…” “… that resolution will not pass the Senate. Because there’s no way to pay for it…” “Desctructive, socialist, daydream.” The Green New Deal is a longshot. But right now it’s also the only plan that
acknowledges what we know is coming. “What is the world that we want? What is the country that we want? And how do we get there? And how do we get there in a way that is just, and how do we get there in a way that stabilizes the climate and heals our planet? Because if we don’t do that, then there will be
no paradigm because there will be nothing to fight for.”

100 Replies to “The Green New Deal, explained”

  1. If you want to read about the Green New Deal in the lens of the 2020 election, I recommend this piece explaining Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/5/4/18527458/climate-change-jay-inslee-for-president-2020

    Inslee has the most ambitious climate proposals; it is, as Vox's David Roberts writes, the Green New Deal translated into policy.

    For more from the rest of the 2020 democratic field, check out the Vox policy guide: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/23/18304657/vox-guide-2020-democratic-policy-primary#Climate%20change

    – Alvin

  2. I understand the problems here and agree that if we want to save the planet something needs to be done effective immediately. The problem is that we're just one country and we have no way to get the rest of the world to adapt to this. If you think other countries would be willing to go through with this you're sadly mistaken, Humans are greedy by nature and no one is going to be willing to give up all their power until it's too late. So if we were the only ones to go through with this we'd not only be demanding that our country completely changes its way of life but we'd also give up what makes us as a country powerful and lets act as a deterrent in the first place. We'd lose what makes us a superpower and become completely reliant on other countries to survive. Sadly this deal is just unrealistic but i truly hope we can all come together to figure out a way out of this, if not that then at the very least get off this planet before it dies as sad as it is to say.

  3. I am not disagreeing with Green New Deal but the fact that is she did not have a game plan on how the technical aspects of the Green New Deal was going to be applied. Her and her staff have to understand the manufacturing, waste products produced during manufacturing, logistics and fielding, and end of life (along with the associated waste elements) of these green technologies. That is a lot of research and consultation with the subject matter experts (scientists and engineers).

    To present the technically aspects of the New Green Deal faithfully there are several things she and her staff have to know:

    1. The basic principles of research and development (R&D).
    2. The basic principles of manufacturing including its associated waste elements.
    3. The basic principles of fielding and logistical support (maintenance, spare parts, product improvements, etc.).
    4. End of life of these green systems including its associated waste elements.
    5. How faithfully and economically the waste elements can be recycled and/or repurposed.

    No one is saying the New Green Deal is not a good idea but she has not presented it correctly and you just cannot do it in a month. It just takes time to develop a feasible game plan. I would suggest she hire a retired systems engineer part time who ha worked on the development and fielding of power systems (solar, hydro, wind mills, conventional power plants, etc.). This retired systems engineer could act as a true liaison with industry, R&D labs, and cutting edge technologies in the private sector; he or she would know how to ask the right technical questions and present his or her synopsis to AOC’s staff.

    Regardless of what the mainstream media, special interests groups, or political parties say you still have to go by presenting a feasible plan. Yes, it would have price tags and the public has to understand it that it takes lots of money. Industry and government have to do cost estimates regardless if it is too expensive or not, that is just how it has to be done. And if it affects the public they have the right to critique.

    They will say, along with CNN and Fox news, it is too expensive. But to a present a general idea with no supporting data will definitely not fly.

    But if you present the plan with hard data, graphs, diagram, and realistic cost estimates then it will be much easier to present and sell to the public. At the same time, she could present an alternative or a what if scenario if this plan is not implemented. If the public and the media will not except it then she can ask them what plan can they come up with.

  4. If only the Green New Deal could be rewritten so as to appeal to both sides, and yet meet a roadmap on the stated objectives. Also if it was a joint submittal from left and right it would have a chance for passing sooner, time is of the essence.

  5. You have absolutely no idea how much the world needs to change…it will need to be massive. It will need to reduce the population by at least 60%. There is no other way around it. Nothing will be the same. Everything will have to be local, nothing global, except agreement. But that’s what it will take. No more air planes, no more cars, no more smartphones. All tech basically erased.

  6. CO2 is carbon dioxide. Tree's, plants, and flora all consume CO2 and produce O2. Not only that but Increased carbon results in higher plant yield, resistance to bacteria and viruses. Plants yield more fruit of larger sizes than normal. The higher the CO2 the more food we can produce. This is science. We also found out not long ago oil wells are not a finite resource. Previously closed wells have been reopened and are producing peak oil again. This is amazing but people don't hear about it. Democrats are evil racists, they have always been in opposition to the civil rights act, the voting rights act, the women's suffrage act, etc. They are trying to take control with this climate change BS its a lie. Revelation clearly says that there will be signs like earthquakes and storms all over. Jesus told us this will happen so don't lie about CO2 or why this is happening.

  7. If you close industries you close jobs. People stop earning their money, their kids won't go to a proper school, they won't have health insurance, and future generations are also putted at risk. Of course, if you don't change anything that will affect future generations as well, but is extremely necessary to find a solution that doesn't take people's life quality, neither in the present or in the future

  8. IPCC …whom from we have many examples of twisting and manipulating data to suit their agenda. Not a single model has been able to foresee the climate up to date… this is simply climate hysteria.

  9. Considering that 40% of greenhouse gasses come from the US military, it would be nice if it was addressed in any resolutions. Given the choice between maintaining military supremacy or preventing extinction of all life on the planet, I have doubts the American government would surrender military supremacy.

  10. Give me a reasonable, step by step and non political green new deal that actually reflects as much of the whole world as possible.
    I don't know, start with identifying main pollution sources and priorities to start with.

    "We need everything and now" in a classic socialist manner.

  11. Do y’all dummies not realize these billion dollar oil corporations will be the same people owning the trillion dollar green corporations? They’re already getting in. Al Gore & his crew have created the greatest marketing scheme of all time. He’s made hundreds of millions off of green energy companies. He was worth less than a million As vp

  12. So fundamentally the Green New Deal is saying lets change the whole economy and lifestyle of every single person on the planet ? Paradoxically you have Capitalism which is a consumer+producer model and then you have the Green model which is a non-consumer model. Can't have both. For example people want to use cars (EV or other) which means you need to manufacture them and sell them in the Capitalistic system. However in a Green System you would want mass transit which means no cars are being produced as they are a waste of energy use and are a waste of energy to produce.

  13. So basically they have nothing but a pipe dream and no actually plan to execute this radical plan… You provoke a problem with no solution? Typical

  14. Nice video. I wonder if people realize that even if USA becomes completely green nothing much changes when other countries eg China will continue being themselves and expand? I don't know, its nice to do this but this should be a global initiative, USA is not the only culprit.

  15. Please watch Youtube :Earth motion around the sun, not as simple as I thought:.  It demonstrates some of the many factors that can and have always changed our climate from warmer to colder and back again. If we are going to have a discussion about a mega-complex system we probably should look at more than just a few elements of the system. Take a look and you decide if these fact should be part of the puzzle,,,

  16. Way to miss the issue where all the polluter-corporations are robbing us of our current tax payer money and how they dont have to answer for how THEY pay for fleecing America

  17. Ya the Democrats who push the green bill still fly their private jets burning $10'000 in fossile fuel an hour. Have you noticed all of these Bills and Socialism ideas wont affect the lifestyles of the rich and Democratic…Wake up America

  18. So the video was about saving the climate, and in the end they highlight a picture of a woman holding a sign reading “social change not climate change”

  19. When you give the corporatists and neoliberals the last word, you come down against the people. Bernie has a different approach. It at least is more hopeful for the working class. I do not like this video. It attempts to reinstill the fears neoliberals use constantly to support their retention of political power. Bernie 2020!

  20. This massive undertaking needs to be implemented soon. Yeah, it's going to make big societal changes.
    I personally live in eastern KY, coal country. A lot of miners are currently suffering job losses, and the companies
    are even trying to skip out on paying their employees and leave town…
    These people are smart enough to run complicated equipment in very dangerous environments, I'm sure they'd be capable to learn and apply their skills in a new workforce that provides green energy. You would have to promise them a steady job as well and help with the transition, but I know quite a few who personally says they'd have no problem with it as long as they kept the same rate of pay or better for doing it, and that they wouldn't be out of work for a long time.
    We need to stop looking at society in such monolithic ways, not everyone thinks alike, as it gets portrayed by a lot of politicians or on the big news corporations.

  21. Its extremely difficult to know that as a Millenial i will watch my Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren starve to death on a dying planet because the Baby Boomers and Great Generation wont stop being stubborn.

  22. The GND is too radical and plain unachievable.. Why not set realistic markers to slowly transition the economy or set incentives to encourage a shift. As it stands the GND is more fantasy than reality.

  23. HEY VOX!!!! The issue is not IF climate warming is or is not. The actual issue is how many people do YOU condemn to starvation, disease, poverty and death versus climate change damage and deaths.
    Its like war, when the Generals are forced to play God.

  24. Sorry, I've seen this movie way too many times (figure of speech): in the many kingdoms of the world, in Stalin's Soviet Union, in Ho Chi Min's Vietnam, in Mao's China, in Castro's Cuba, in Chavez & Maduro's Venezuela, in Kim's North Korea, in Peron's Argentina, in the inner cities of the U.S. (when the government promises the people the sky and at the end: NOTHING) & in even Obama's America ("if you like your doctor; you can keep your doctor, period.": I lost my doctor, literally, 6 months later…).

    If you fool me once, shame on you; if you fool me twice; shame on ME. I freaking guarantee it; There won't be a THIRD TIME!

  25. Anyone who cares about the environment and wants combat climate change should invest in Taronis Technology (TRNX)
    Green fuel. Green Energy. Water Decontamination. All in one company.

  26. Anyone who cares about the environment and wants combat climate change should invest in Taronis Technology (TRNX)
    Green fuel. Green Energy. Water Decontamination. All in one company.

  27. Gov: lets create problems for us to solve. Then everyone will believe we deserve to control everything.

    Regular folks: theyre destroying everything so that they can feel as if theyre in control.

  28. No one has addressed the fact that petrochemicals come from oil and gas. What do you plan to build all this infrastructure out of?

  29. Imagine if we didn't dare to dream that we could land on the moon in 10 years of trying.

    The Green New Deal is a moon shot right here on Earth and it's actually quite a bit easier to achieve than going to the moon.

  30. The poorest countries in the world have a ready start it making a big difference turning deserts into beauty gardens and hillsides. Don't take my word for it research it , you got Google and YouTube. I planted eight trees is this past week, we don't need all this fancy political expensive BS. The earth goes through its own cycles, yes we might be making it worse however we can also make it better one tree at a time

  31. And yet nobody is insisting on a "global green new deal". There should be more pressure put on China, Mexico and other third world countries. The U.S.A. has a much smaller issue compared with these countries. So, if we are really serious about climate change; let's make it universal. Let's stop buying products from these countries until they comply.

  32. We have aspirations to live on the moon, or Mars, or beyond… But we're fear driven to "fix" "climate change" or we're doomed… 👌

  33. Americans consume worlds 20 million barrels per day for a 400 million population and other hand India spends 4 million barrels per day for 1.3 billion population,,,America produces 25 percent waste in world ,,,,now america speaks about climate change

  34. In a biblical worldview, we believe the Earth will not be saved by any of these ideas. This place will go up in an eternal fire so hot that the element of fire itself will be destroyed. Now, it's ok to not believe that, to be humanist or atheistic if you want…but one of these views is wrong. Just to be safe, I plan to focus on helping save souls rather than lives. But while are alive, the US should not become socialized and jobless. So we need diffrent solutions Dems. If I do my part in my community, then leaders should do theirs.

  35. But…. Why dont we just move away from the beach and grow stuff in more northern latitudes?
    Adapt to instead of trying (with no certainty) to change everything

  36. God these guys are caricatures of themselves. Seattle poster check, random classical instrument check 🤣 yeah your tripping I just started making good money as a auto mechanic, and now you offer socialism. 🤣

  37. To be honest no one is stopping anyone from doing their part in changing this. No one really needs a paper to stop you from driving a petro car or eating meat. Sad truth is that these industries only strive on the demand for their product or services. Anything from going for a quick bite at the fast food joint, to taking a flight to Las Vegas for the weekend even when you a buy a brand new phone. All of these are just convenient for the easy life and it's hard to let go. Even for Cortez that shouts out to stop Comercial flying but doesn't lead by example by showing how to do it the green way, instead she racks up a large spending in flying and Uber driving.

    Not here to bash on the lady I'm sure she's going to do a great job one day. But it's an example of what I want to comment. Even if these politicians manage to get rid of one industries. With power they will not hesitate to indulge on what is not allowed for us. They are no different from us and they all wish for the good of earth. But at our expense and deaths this will be the only way to save earth if they do it by force. When that day arrives I will call it the Genghis Law.

  38. its funny when politicians mentions that the money aint there to spend on saving the planet while litterly trillions have been spend on the so called war on terror to end lives…

  39. Funny how the Green New Deal really only applies to America. The biggest polluting country on the planet, China is basically exempt. So America has to spend trillions to change our economy while China gets to proceed with business as usual.

  40. People it seems odd to talk a out zero emissions when the common car is full out gas guzzling SUV driven by mom picking up the kids. To be honest though we don't have electric vehicles to fill in for the petrol vehicles we use now. Their is no way you are going to remove gas vehicles at this point unless you fill the gap with something else. And such an effort would have to be global to mean anything. I am not saying it right but I really see no way for it to reasonable work.

  41. Good grief. The climate projections are entirely based on computer models that so far have not accurately predicted anything. The climate models are not even bad science, they are non-science. Is anyone surprised that governments can purchase the cooperation of intellectuals?

  42. "NO fossil fuels"

    Uhm…. What about motorsports, or the very small contributors such as motorcycles, model cars and aircraft? What about natural burning like wood-burning stoves, campfires, and things like that. This video doesn't explain it, there's no depth. It's, at best, explanatory only of the outlined idea.

    Nevermind the fact that no government ever is able to truly sustain promises of protection and free stuff without great detriment and parasitism to society as a whole.

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