On December 6, environmental leaders met with Representative Joe Kennedy III to seek his endorsement of the Green New Deal — for Congress to comprehensively tackle climate change. More good news is that Kennedy also agreed to sign a No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and a few days later, he tweeted:

This generation will either be defined by the wreckage of climate change or defined by the mighty effort we summon in response. We no longer have the luxury of time, patience or incrementalism. Over the past several weeks an incredible number of young people in Massachusetts and across the country have raised their voices in support of an aggressive, ambitious environmental and economic agenda. Their advocacy and activism is a bright light in our political system. I am proud to support the Green New Deal and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy & Commerce Committee and throughout the House to implement the climate policy this country deserves, and our planet demands.

The House Select Committee for a Green New Deal would “develop a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become carbon neutral and to significantly draw down and capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.” A proposal to form this Select Committee was proposed by New York Congresswoman Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on November 13, 2018.

A Green New Deal would overhaul the economy away from fossil fuel towards 100% clean energy that centers equity in its solutions. The proposal outlines the following goals: (1) 100% of national power generation from renewable sources; (2) Building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid; (3) Upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety; (4) Decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries; (5) Decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure; (6) Funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases; (7) Making “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of  the United States, with the aim of becoming the international leader in helping  other countries transition to completely carbon neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.

A finalized draft of legislation would be ready no later than March 1, 2020. Each goal is to be met no later than 10 years after the start of the execution of the Green New Deal.

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