If you ask most citizens their opinion on the state of American politics today, they’ll give your a variety of answers, based on their political leanings. But one thing that may be in common with all of those answers? They are not satisfied with how politics has devolved today. From the Fringe-Right to the Far-Left, Americans are hungry for solutions.
Over the past couple of years, Republicans have had their chance to provide those solutions. With total control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency, the GOP and Trump Administration had two years to truly make a substantial difference and solve some of the most pressing issues American families are facing. Instead, they put profits over people, passed major tax giveaways and further lined the pockets of those that are already rich.
From November’s election results, Americans are clearly not satisfied with the “answers” Trump and Republicans have provided. But many are beginning to listen to voices like New York Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose bold proposition for a Green New Deal is coming more into focus. Here’s more on that from Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic…
On Monday, speaking at a town hall led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez framed her chosen climate policy—the Green New Deal—through the lens of gallant American exceptionalism. “This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation,” she said.
The Green New Deal aspires to cut U.S. carbon emissions fast enough to reach the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious climate goal: preventing the world from warming no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In a blockbuster report released in October, an international group of scientists said that meeting this goal could skirt the worst climate effects, such as massive floods, expansive droughts, and irreversible sea-level rise.
To actually make the target, though, the world must start reducing its carbon pollution immediately, and cut it in half by 2030. And we’re nowhere close. Global emissions levels just hit a record high, and even the Barack Obama administration’s most breakneck climate policy did not put the United States close to making its part of the goal.
The Green New Deal aims to get us there—and remake the country in the process. It promises to give every American a job in that new economy: installing solar panels, retrofitting coastal infrastructure, manufacturing electric vehicles. In the 1960s, the U.S. pointed the full power of its military-technological industry at going to the moon. Ocasio-Cortez wants to do the same thing, except to save the planet.
The bold, Progressive plan for a Green New Deal is fundamentally simple… to pivot the current priorities of the US government from the rich oligarchy and back to the people. By investing in guaranteed jobs, the United States could invest in its people and not only help save our planet, but fully remake our economy in the process.
To Republicans, this sounds like total lunacy. Policies like Medicare for All and Free College Tuition, they say, would completely bankrupt the country. But in 2018, when our nation already spends over $700 Billion on Defense like it’s a drop in the bucket, how tough would a shift in priorities really be?
So now to the true question… how possible would a “Green New Deal” be for states like Texas??
If you’re from Texas, it’s possible that you’re already halfway there. The clean energy jobs of the future are thriving in the Lone Star State, as both Houston and Dallas- Fort Worth rank in the Top 10 metros for clean energy jobs in the United States, per a recent report by the Environmental Entrepreneurs group (E2). The leaders of tomorrows Green revolution are already working in Texas today.
The other reason A Green New Deal could work for the state of Texas is pretty simple… need. As a massive state where inequality has never been more stark between rural and urban areas, Texas is a state in search of solutions to grow and sustain our rural communities. As discussed at the recent Symposium on Rural Texas by the Texas Tribune, technological and educational opportunities outside of the major metropolitan areas are struggling to keep up. Knowing that the success of a Green New Deal would require harnessing the power of both rural and urban communities, there’s reason to believe that Texas would be a great place to start. As an energy powerhouse, Texas could lead the way to a prosperous, Green future while simultaneously building up rural communities.
Of course we know the reasons why Texas may be resistant to a Green New Deal, and they’re mostly political. But now that Democrats have begun to find their footing in the Lone Star State, it’s quite possible that the Republican stifling of these ideas could soon be over.
One thought on “Could A ‘Green New Deal’ Work, Even For Texas??”
Several Green comrades & I have been saying for years that Texas—Houston in particular—is in a good position to become the leader in renewable energy. For state- & federal-level Democrats to bring about the policy shift required to make the Green New Deal happen, there must first be a shift in consciousness. At a bare minimum this would involve forswearing campaign money from those invested in the dirty-energy status quo, and convincing voters (and even some Democratic candidates) that there is literally zero room for compromise on climate issues.
Even though I have my doubts about AOC’s sincerity as a socialist, I’m rooting for her and the true progressives in Congress to take the helm of this overdue revolution. Progressive Democrats may be commandeering the phrase “Green New Deal” from the Green Party without giving credit, but if they can actually get it done we shouldn’t complain. If Democrats adopt and implement more of the GP platform, they might even win back some apostates like me.