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To address the gravity of the climate crisis in the United States, some politicians created a plan called the Green New Deal. The goal of this plan, broadly speaking, is to create a healthy environment for future generations to call home. However, there are numerous positions on the Green New Deal.

The goals of the Green New Deal Show more Show less

The Green New Deal aims to meet one hundred percent of the United States' power/energy demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources. The proponents of this position hope to accomplish this goal within ten years of implementation.
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The Green New Deal aims to create a zero-emissions society

Meet one hundred percent of the United States' power/energy demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources. The proponents of this position hope to accomplish this goal within ten years of implementation.
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The Argument

Currently, the United States emits over three-times the number of carbon emissions than the rest of the world.[1] The goal of creating a zero-emissions society is straight forward; the United States needs to bring its greenhouse gas emissions down to zero while simultaneously meeting the total power demand of the country through clean energy. To accomplish this goal, proponents of the Green New Deal have called for a ten-year plan that includes creating smart energy grids, upgrading inefficient buildings, updating infrastructure, and accomplishing these through community-focused efforts. If the United States accomplishes these goals, it will see a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gases.[2]

Counter arguments

While humans may contribute to the problem of climate change, the science behind it is not sound. The Green New Deal would eliminate Americans’ jobs by abolishing fossil fuels and banning fracking.[1] These jobs are foundational to the economy of the United States. Additionally, the fossil fuel industry boosts the American economy by exporting oil to other countries. The Green New Deal, while created with good intentions, harms the American people and economy.

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  1. https://www.investopedia.com/the-green-new-deal-explained-4588463
  2. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/691997301/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-releases-green-new-deal-outline
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