What Is The Green New Deal?

Wikipedia is not perfect. But it is very good. It has a nice page on the Green New Deal (GND) here.

“The Green New Deal (GND) is a proposed stimulus program that aims to address climate change and economic inequality The name refers to the New Deal, a set of social and economic reforms and public works projects undertaken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. The Green New Deal combines Roosevelt’s economic approach with modern ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency.”

Liberally quoting from the GND entry:

Although the various elements of the GND tie together, we will be treating each element separately–blogs are good for that. Perhaps at the end of our efforts we will attempt a synthesis.

“Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released a fourteen-page resolution for their Green New Deal on February 7, 2019.

According to The Washington Post (February 11, 2019), the resolution calls for a “10-year national mobilization” whose primary goals would be:”Guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.””Providing all people of the United States with –

(i) high-quality health care;

(ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing;

(iii) economic security; and (iv) access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.”

“Providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States.”

“Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”

“Repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including . . . by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible.”

“Building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘smart’ power grids, and working to ensure affordable access to electricity.”

“Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.”

“Overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in – (i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing; (ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transportation; and (iii) high-speed rail.”

“Spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible.”

“Working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.”

The approach pushes for transitioning the United States to use 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources, including investment into electric cars and high-speed rail systems, and implementing the “social cost of carbon” that has been part of Obama administration’s plans for addressing climate change within 10 years. Besides increasing state-sponsored jobs, this Green New Deal is also aimed to address poverty by aiming much of the improvements in the “frontline and vulnerable communities” which include the poor and disadvantaged people. To gain additional support, the resolution includes calls for universal health care, increased minimum wages, and preventing monopolies.”

It gives us a lot to talk about.

Tip of the day: Wash, or at least rinse, your clothes with cold water.

Even though they use less water, newer washers are much better at cleaning than the top-loaders with a center agitator made 15 years or more ago. Manufacturers have been lowering wash temperatures over the years to meet the Department of Energy’s tough energy standards for hot water use. Heating water accounts for about 90 percent of the energy needed to run a washer, according to Energy Star, so the less hot water used, the more energy saved.

About 82% of U.S. homes have a clothes washer. Each of these appliances is used, on average, to wash about 300 loads of laundry per year. On an annual basis, residential clothes washers use more energy than dishwashers but less than refrigerators.

About 2% of all the energy used in America is used for heating water.


6 thoughts on “What Is The Green New Deal?”

  1. Sounds good. The devil will be in the details.
    One example. Free education for all. I’ve been in higher ed most of my life. The waste is unbelievable. Just try to eliminate it.


  2. Ok, so where is all the money coming from to pay for all this and where are the various ‘rare earths’ going to come from?

    Demand was already expected to grow 5 to 10 times to cater for green needs from the up to 10 minerals most used, quite apart from the huge tweak in demand the green deal will require. The environmental degradation will be even greater than at present as much of the mining is outside the control of western countries


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    1. The rare earth problem has been pointed out for decades. I never heard a good answer.
      Solar thermal looked promising, especialy the Sterling cycle one. Does anyone know why it’s funding was cut?


  3. “transitioning the United States to use 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources”
    Where is the Princess in Snow White when you need her. Trying to do something impossible in 10 years requires great faith in Miracles.
    I haven’t seen even one simple prototype suggested for any energy purpose that can be done with “zero emission energy sources”. There are none. Any method of using energy that is known has “emissions” somewhere in the production/usage path. None of them are 100% renewable.


  4. It pains me to see this plaintive appeal to the issue at hand (AGW) contrasted with the empty fusillade of half-truths you fire at ATTP’s while avoiding challenges (your “66%” and “flurry”, for starters).


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