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Sens. Wyden and Merkley join push to reintroduce the Green New Deal

Both of Oregon's U.S. Senators said Thursday that they support the Green New Deal resolution, a 14-page document that promises to address climate change by investing in renewable energy.

Posted: Apr 22, 2021 10:51 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Both of Oregon's U.S. Senators have joined in a push to reintroduce the Green New Deal resolution, a 14-page document that pledges to address climate change by investing in renewable energy and infrastructure.

Supporters of the legislation say that it lays out a proposed 10-year "national mobilization" similar to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, that would push toward "good-paying, union jobs" repairing the nation's infrastructure while reducing pollution and carbon emissions.

“Oregonians enduring longer wildfire seasons along with prolonged droughts know full well how the climate crisis is already ravaging communities throughout our state,” said Wyden. “The need to act is now, and the Green New Deal recognizes that urgency by sending a powerful message that it’s time to kick America’s carbon habit before it destroys our families, our economy, and the future of our planet.”

The Green New Deal resolution is spearheaded by Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, supported by a number of labor and environmentalist organizations. Former Democratic presidential candidates and Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Cory Booker also signed on to the Senate version of the resolution.

“The climate crisis is not a hypothetical scenario. Oregonians in every corner of our state felt its effects firsthand last year, as catastrophic wildfires burned houses, stole lives, and leveled entire communities,” said Merkley. “Climate chaos is the biggest crisis of our generation. Unless we put in place a bold strategy quickly, we’re going to keep paying the price. This resolution helps to provide a blueprint for the kind of climate action we need—one that would not only protect lives, but also create millions of good-paying jobs and a more just and more prosperous nation.”

Unlike a typical bill that proposes law, a resolution seeks to express the outlook of a single chamber of Congress on public policy issues. As a result, the Green New Deal resolution contains a list of climate-related goals moreso than specific changes to standing U.S. law.

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