The federal Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal that combines the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with creating jobs, didn’t pass last year but will likely continue to be a major talking point for progressive Dems in 2020. Meanwhile, California Dems have unveiled their own version.
Launched Monday, the California Green New Deal Act sets the goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and cutting down homelessness in the state. It would create a California Green New Deal Council with various Secretaries. And AB 1839 also sets the goal of doubling affordable housing and public transit in the state by 2030. Funding mechanisms were not specified.
What have been the roadblocks in CA to achieving these goals in the past? What potential avenues would be laid out to meet these standards? What would be potential economic repercussions for the state?
We dive into the California Dems Green New Deal proposal.
Sylvia Chi, policy director for the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, or APEN, an Asian immigrant and refugee community organizing group that works on environmental issues; they are the main co-sponsor of the bill
Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley; he also leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of UC Berkeley Law and UCLA Law
Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, his focus includes economic forecasting and policy analysis