Bernies Green New Deal Stands Out, and Now Labor Must Step Up

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1967 ... January 3, 2020

Bernie’s Green New Deal Stands Out, and Now Labor Must Step Up

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Bernie’s Green New Deal is the real deal. It is very different from the Green New Deal proposals of other leading Democratic presidential hopefuls.

First, Bernie’s Green New Deal is more ambitious than that of his rivals. It states: "We must guarantee health care, housing, and a good-paying job to every American, especially to those who have been historically excluded from economic prosperity." In terms of addressing the climate crisis, it seeks to achieve 100 percent sustainable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and to fully decarbonize the economy by 2050 at the latest.

This level of ambition reflects Bernie’s social and economic vision and his willingness to identify who and what stands in our way in terms of meeting these objectives: the billionaire class, the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, fossil fuel companies, Wall Street, and the military-industrial complex. Both Biden and Warren want to "tweak" the system, to "save it... from itself" -- but not to change it fundamentally.

Second, Bernie’s Green New Deal differs from others in that it embraces public ownership as a key means of achieving ambitious social and climate protection objectives. Bernie understands that only by expanding public ownership and public investment in key economic sectors, particularly in energy, transportation, and resilient infrastructure, can bold targets become a reality.

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