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What are the pros and cons of The Green New Deal? Show more Show less
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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 is a jobs guarantee

The Green New Deal aims to boost the American economy by creating millions of new jobs. These will be in multiple sectors, including (but not limited to) transportation, agriculture, and energy.
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One key part of the Green New Deal is its job guarantee. The Federal Government would accomplish this through employment initiatives. Historically, federally created jobs came from infrastructure projects (such as post office buildings' creation during President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal). Similarly, the Green New Deal would create jobs by utilizing infrastructure – the overhaul of the American transportation system – and in the field of science. This includes coding, engineering, and maximizing the potential of hybrid technology.[1] A jobs guarantee would also help America’s marginalized communities that see higher unemployment levels. The Green New Deal could help these citizens obtain a stable career that pushes them up the socio-economic ladder.[2]

Counter arguments

A jobs guarantee – one of the many positions within the Green New Deal – is unrealistic and hurts already existing industries. The implementation of this proposal means the end of the current oil and gas industries. These workers would then need to be retrained in order to find employment in a new industry under the Green New. Additionally, a job guarantee would put the Federal Government further into debt. They would have to borrow from the Federal Reserve and/or foreign countries to float such an expenditure – a risky proposition. The jobs guarantee in the Green New Deal is unfeasible.[3]

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  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-new-green-deal-jobs-guarantee-what-to-expect.html
  2. https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/envisioning-effective-federal-job-guarantee
  3. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/bernie-sanders-green-new-deal-job-guarantee-unemployment
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