Is the Green New Deal Going to Save Us From Climate Change?

Written by Debra Murray

We have less than 12 years to virtually eliminate our contributions to climate change before the results are irreversible. Is the Green New Deal the way to do that? The Green New Deal was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, who are both members of the democratic party. This proposal is calling upon the federal government to limit the contribution to emissions of greenhouse gases and halt the use of fossil fuels. The proposal discusses clean energy industries and guarantees new jobs at these faculties.

Despite Senator John Barrasso’s beliefs, cheeseburgers will not be taken away because livestock will not be banned as many people had thought. The proposal discusses working alongside farmers to limit the release of methane caused by livestock production; People can eat their cheeseburgers and not have to worry about the greenhouse gases that pollute the Earth with each burger patty.

The proposal doesn’t have a ‘price tag’ yet, but it’s clear that the cost will be expensive. Ocasio-Cortez admits that it will cost a pretty penny for the Green New Deal to be effective, but she believes that the cost will pay for itself due to the economic growth that is tied to the proposal. The cost may be pricey, but isn’t stopping climate change worth the money?

Soon the human impact on the Earth will be irreversible. If the Green New deal was implemented then climate change could potentially be less of a threat.

Sources: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/8/17948832/climate-change-global-warming-un-ipcc-report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

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