Article from: www.aljazeera.com
Article by: Ben Piven
The US Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal in a vote Democrats called a “sham” and a “stunt”.
Senators voted 57-0 against proceeding with debate on the proposal, which seeks to combat climate change.
Forty-three Democrats voted “present” to protest against the vote. Three Democrats, as well as an independent senator, joined all 53 Republicans to vote against the procedural motion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled the vote to attempt to force Democrats to take a stand on the proposal before the 2020 presidential elections. Republicans contend the plan may sound like a “neat idea” for larger cities, but would “kill entire domestic industries” and jobs by “basically outlawing the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford”.
But Democrats criticised Tuesday’s vote and Republican comments surrounding it, saying “climate change is not a joke”.
Ed Markey, the Green New Deal’s main sponsor in the Senate, said mocking climate change is “shameful”.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the main author in the House, accused Senate Republicans of “costing us lives [and] destroying communities” by delaying debate on the bill.
“I wish it didn’t have to cost so much, but I’m going to turn 30 this year, and the entire 30 years of my life we did not make substantial investments to prepare our entire country for what we knew was coming so now it’s coming all up at the end,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a committee hearing on Tuesday. “We have the choice to lower the cost now because I can tell you the cost of pursuing a Green New Deal will be far less than the cost of not passing it.”
So what does the Green New Deal outline for the US to solve the climate crisis? Here are the five key areas the deal seeks to address:
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