CCL and the Green New Deal Laser Talk

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Question:  Where does CCL stand on the Green New Deal?

Answer:  The Green New Deal is a set of goals that was written into a non-binding resolution introduced in House of Representatives in February 2019. [1] CCL is encouraged to see supporters of the Green New Deal raising the urgency of climate change in the media and in the halls of Congress. We share their goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels while creating jobs and boosting the economy.

The Special Report by the IPCC last fall [2] made it clear that we must achieve rapid, deep emission reductions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. This requires CO2 in the atmosphere to peak at around 420 parts per million and then start to decline. [3] This is a daunting goal, but America has always found ways to lead the world in meeting big challenges, and this must be no exception.

We believe the recently introduced Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (H.R. 763) is an essential step to achieve vital reductions in fossil fuel emissions without delay. With a divided Congress, it’s crucial for a climate solution to be bipartisan, which is why H.R.763 is led by Democrat Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Republican Francis Rooney (FL-19).

Recent polling has revealed that more Americans than ever now recognize the urgency of tackling climate change. [4] We are grateful for the work that legislators and outside groups supporting the Green New Deal have done to bring climate back to the top of the priority list for Congress, and hope these aspirations will quickly be transformed into effective legislation to protect the health, wealth, and well-being of Americans today and for generations to come.

  1. “H.Res.109 – Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.” Congress.gov (07 Feb 2019).
  2. “Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C.” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (5 Oct 2018).
  3. Foster, P., et al. “Chapter 2 – Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development – Supplementary Material.” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Table 2.A.12 (5 Oct 2018).
  4. Gustafson, A., A. Leiserowitz, and E. Maibach. “Americans are Increasingly ‘Alarmed’ About Global Warming.” Yale Program on Climate Communication (12 Feb 2019).

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