The Sunrise Movement and their young allies in the new Congress are pressing for commitments to the Green New Deal from lawmakers and 2020 candidates.
In the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi at least created a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. This falls short of what Sunrisers really wanted, which was a standing committee that would have subpoena power. This would enable the committee to call department heads to House hearings to hold them accountable for policies to implement a Green New Deal or at least to address the climate change challenge.
However, the Sunrisers are pressing ahead. Already several potential 2020 presidential candidates have expressed varying degrees of support for a Green New Deal, including Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker.
As reported by CNN, the proposed Green New Deal would move the U.S. toward “100% renewable energy, through a series of economic reforms, including a jobs guarantee and a heavy public investment in low or no-carbon infrastructure such as light rail for commuters.”
For a full report, go to CNN online at: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/08/politics/ocasio-cortez-sunrise-justice-democrats-green-new-deal-next-steps/index.html