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A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

This joint resolution declares that the government has a duty to create a Green New Deal with the goals of
  • achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions;
  • establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all;
  • investing in infrastructure and industry;
  • securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and
  • promoting justice and equality.
The joint resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including
  • building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods);
  • upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency;
  • removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors;
  • cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;
  • ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and
  • providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.
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Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 0 - 57. Record Vote Number: 52.

Date: March 26, 2019

Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (text: CR S1327-1328)

Date: February 13, 2019

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116.SJRES.8
Subject:
Environmental Protection
Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
Date: February 13, 2019 Official Title: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.Findings Congress finds that
  • (1) the October 2018 report entitled "Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C" by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that
    • (A) human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century;
    • (B) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure;
    • (C) global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond pre-industrialized levels will cause
      • (i) mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change;
      • (ii) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100;
      • (iii) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;
      • (iv) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;
      • (v) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and
      • (vi) a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States; and
    • (D) global temperatures must be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialized levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, which will require
      • (i) global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from human sources of 40 to 60 percent from 2010 levels by 2030; and
      • (ii) net-zero global emissions by 2050;
  • (2) because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation;
  • (3) the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with
    • (A) life expectancy declining while basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education, are inaccessible to a significant portion of the United States population;