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The Green New Deal states inequality and climate change are interdependent issues in need of government response

The new proposal affirms that the American economy should evolve from relying on carbon-emitting energy to generating clean energy. The proposal argues that we cannot solve for climate change without solving for inequality, or providing those in need new resources and opportunity to evolve simultaneously. As we know, oil companies have strength in lobbying to sway the needle toward their antiquated, though still highly profitable, business. In order to redefine the American economy as one built on clean energy and innovation, some argue that the government should take on a more proactive role.

Our current climate change rate is too dire to not take immediate action

In the US, It currently costs $0 to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That likely will not be the case for much longer. In Europe, car companies are racking up EU fines ranging from $2.7 to $12.6 billion

But as our carbon output becomes more and more apparent in the form of extreme weather, droughts, rising ocean, and more, it’s clear that the government needs to be a force that moves businesses in a better direction.

The Green New Deal is the most recent initiative to recourse government involvement with climate issues. This includes solutions to all factors contributing to environmental degradation. These solutions include, but are not limited to:

The Green New Deal Benefits

Rebuilding Infrastructure
  • Bridges that can withstand floods
  • Wetlands restoration to buffer hurricanes and floods
  • Coastline shields from sea level rise
  • Upgraded water systems
  • Light rail and low-emissions public transit expansions
  • Stormwater systems replacements to prevent flooding and toxic runoff
Clean Energy
  • New wind turbines
  • New smart grids for renewable energy distribution
  • Revised energy efficiency standards for public and private buildings
New Jobs
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Lead pipes replacements
  • Home weatherizing
  • Expansions to railways and public transport
  • Hazardous waste site clean ups

What Happens Next?

The New Green Deal is likely to polarize the Republican party and thus make it more difficult to pass as a law. Though short term action is unlikely, the acknowledgement from a federal level will legitimize the need to amend our carbon output. The government and the public are two highly influential stakeholders for companies, and thus if the government is unable to take action, the public is the next best alternative to demand alterations and better business practices within our free market economy. 

Emilie Scott - Planet PodsEmilie Scott is the Founder of Energy Green Brands, an eco-friendly alternative to consumer packed goods. Energy Green launched Planet Pods in 2019 to alleviate chemical and plastic pollution as a result of household cleaning products. Energy Green plans to challenge the fundamentals of each CPG vertical to produce better brands that make the world a better place.