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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 will overhaul the transportation system

Create a transportation system in the United States that utilizes high-speed rail and hybrid technology. This will reduce single-car-user commuting, which will significantly cut down on one of the leading causes of pollution, vehicles.
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The Argument

The increase of hybrid automobiles in the United States is a step in the right direction to reduce the harm of carbon emissions that traditional gasoline vehicles produce. However, that effort is not enough to achieve net-zero emissions. Therefore, the Green New Deal (a proposal from Congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey) aims to overhaul the United States’ transportation system. There are two main factors that the Green New Deal wants to address regarding transportation: improved transportation systems within cities and improved transportation across the country.[1] The Green New Deal wants to create more and better transit services within cities. This would reduce American reliance on gas cars and reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, the proposal wants to utilize transnational transportation that could reduce driving across the country. This includes features like developing high-speed rail with the goal of emission reduction.[2]

Counter arguments

The overhaul of the American transportation system, desired by the Green New Deal, is unrealistic. The market for hybrid driving technology is small when compared to traditional gas vehicles. Additionally, the proposal does not give the American consumer incentive to move over to hybrid vehicles. When it comes to nationwide transportation in the United States, the bill inadequately addresses how the overhaul would occur. High-speed rail is not a popular idea among the populace, and many states lack the financial ability to create these systems. The Green New Deal does not have enough specifics to overhaul the American transportation system realistically.[3]

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References

  1. https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2019/3/27/transit-and-a-green-new-deal
  2. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/7/18211709/green-new-deal-resolution-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-markey
  3. https://www.businessinsider.com/green-new-deal-is-right-and-we-dont-have-to-wait-for-ambitious-goals-2019-2
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