Trump and the Green New Deal


Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) announces the resolution of the Green New Deal on Feb. 7. This deal was debated upon back and forth between Democrats who support it and Republicans who oppose it.

Claire Faberbock, Copy Editor

The Green New Deal is a proposed package of United States legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. Proposed in 2003, The Green New Deal combines Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, a set of social and economic reforms and public works projects, with modern ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency. The deal plans to utilize 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030 using a carbon tax, provide job guarantee, free college, single-payer healthcare and focus on using public programs. Though it was proposed in 2003, it still has not been accepted. Democrats currently fight against Republican and President, Donald Trump to pass this deal. In July of 2019, he spoke to the public to boast about his administration’s work on the environment, despite previously having rolled back numerous regulations intended to fight the climate crisis, including The New Green Deal. Trump explained at this conference that his administration has made it top priority that America has the cleanest and freshest air and water. He claims they are continuously working hard to provide such conditions. Trump stated that as positive moves made by his administration, he stood behind his decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, which worked with the United Nations and dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, was no longer funding the cleanup of some polluted sites around the country and was opening public lands for hunters. So how could one claim we have the cleanest air and water in the world but yet continually do things that could potentially harm our environment even more? Environmental Defence Fund Action Presiden Joe Bonfiglio said that Trump had seen the polls showing that Americans care about climate change and is now trying to talk his way out of the most damaging and backward environmental history.  On top of all that Trump has said, he also in his past has questioned the legitimacy of climate change, claimed windmills cause cancer, and claimed the US has the cleanest water in air. According to EPI though, the US ranks 10th in air quality and 29th for water and sanitation quality. Trump continues to make wild accusations about the Green New Deal and continues to push it further and further out of reach for those of us who want some positive change in the environment.