EDF: Green New Deal Resolution Is an Important Step Forward in the Climate Debate

Statement by Elizabeth Gore, EDF Senior Vice President, Political Affairs – February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019
Keith Gaby, 202-572-3336, kgaby@edf.org

“The Green New Deal has brought new energy to the climate debate, and introduction of these resolutions from Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another significant step forward. The Green New Deal points to the need for boldness and ambition at a time when they are sorely required – and it is generating thoughtful ideas and building real political momentum. We applaud the sponsors for taking a leadership role in this important debate.

“We must achieve net zero climate pollution across the economy by 2050 – that’s the benchmark that scientists tell us is necessary to safeguard our kids’ future. The array of climate goals in the Green New Deal, including the goal of 100 percent clean energy in the electric power sector, will accelerate us down that path.

“EDF believes that in order to cut climate pollution as far and as fast as the science demands we must use all available tools. That includes policies that require polluters to pay for the pollution they emit and policies that create incentives for better and cheaper technologies, all backed by mandatory limits on climate pollution. We will also need stronger health and environmental safeguards, agricultural and land use innovations, and investment in research and development for new technologies to reduce pollution and to capture and store carbon.

“We look forward to working with the sponsors of the Green New Deal – and all those across the political spectrum working towards climate solutions – to transform our economy and achieve a healthier, more equitable and prosperous future.”

- Elizabeth Gore, EDF Senior Vice President, Political Affairs

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