Democrat Senator Cory Booker has fully endorsed Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, a major climate change proposal which aims to make the United States net “zero-emissions” by 2030.
Booker, who announced a run for the presidency, likened the bill to landing on the moon and fighting Nazis and said people should embrace the new bill no matter what the cost.
Booker said, via the Washington Examiner: “Our planet is in peril, and we need to be bold. There’s a lot of people blowing back on the Green New Deal. They’re going, ‘Oh, it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this.’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon.”
“When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save the Earth from the scourge of Nazi and totalitarian regimes? We came forward,” the New Jersey Senator continued. “Who came forward to save the planet or continents from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan.”
Politico reports Republicans “couldn’t be happier” with Democrats embracing the Green New Deal:
Prominent Democrats have rushed to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans couldn’t be happier about it.
As liberal groups pressure presidential candidates and lawmakers to back the ambitious climate proposal, Republicans hope their opponents may drift so far to the left that they will be more vulnerable in 2020. Since the election of President Donald Trump — who dismisses the link between carbon emissions and rising temperatures — Republicans have mostly steered clear of climate change, but in the Green New Deal they see a chance to pivot the argument back towards economics as growing majorities accept the underlying science.
“I would like them to push it as far as they can. I’d like to see it on the floor. I’d like to see them actually have to vote on it,” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a senior Appropriator, told POLITICO. “It’s crazy. It’s loony.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s most vocal champions, echoed that sentiment. “Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!” Graham tweeted Friday. “Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change.”
And, from the Washington Examiner:
The nonbinding resolution was introduced Thursdayby Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. Booker is one of several co-sponsors of the resolution that seeks to fight climate change.
It calls for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2030, as well as the elimination of carbon emissions for all major sectors of the U.S. economy.
The resolution also calls for upgrading or replacing every single building in the country over a 10-year period to make them more environmentally friendly.