If all elements of the Green New Deal were successfully put in place, what would America look like?
Umm, Norway, maybe? They currently have an unemployment rate of 3.9%, similar to our current level in the U.S. They were the first country to provide universal health coverage with a single payer system, way back in 1902. College is basically free there, and more than a third of the population has a degree. 99% of their electricity comes from renewable resources. Energy efficiency of homes and buildings in Norway has improved by more than 30% since 2000.
If we adopt the Green New Deal, that’s pretty much what we would see in America.
So how does having those elements of the GND affect the lives of Norwegians?
Well, life expectancy is 84.3 years for women and 80.9 years for men, compared to 78.6 for adults in the U.S. Norway has the second highest score in the Happiness Index, 7.59. The US is 18th on the list, with a score of 6.89. The per person GDP is $74,356 in Norway, while it is $62,606 in the U.S. And the homicide rate in Norway is 0.51 per 100,000 inhabitants, while it is more than 10 times that–5.35 per 100,000–here in the U.S.
Something to aim for.
Tip of the Day: If you’re shopping for a new appliance, like a refrigerator or dishwasher, etc., be sure you’re getting one with an Energy Star sticker. They don’t use as much electricity.