Maloney Signs on to Green New Deal Resolution as Original Cosponsor
WASHINGTON – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) has signed on to a resolution committing the House of Representatives to establishing and defining a “Green New Deal.” This resolution is the first step toward crafting a bold set of measures which aim to combat climate change, support our unions, and get more Americans working. A House Resolution is used to express nonbinding positions of the House of Representatives and does not require action by the Senate or the president. The ultimate climate goal for the resolution is for America to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
“Climate change is a clear and present danger. We can’t sit on our hands or wait around anymore – it’s time to find bold solutions,” said Rep. Maloney. “The Green New Deal will help us find a strategy to take action in time for it to do us some good. Time is not our friend in this fight. The sooner we find real solutions, the easier it will be to stop the problem.”
The Green New Deal Resolution would commit the House of Representatives to leading a ten-year national mobilization to move America to a net contribution of zero carbon emissions by 2050 while investing in jobs and infrastructure. The resolution does not make prescriptive policy recommendations on how to achieve these goals.
Some of the goals of the resolution include:
- Meeting 100% of power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission sources by 2050.
- Creating millions of good-paying jobs.
- Investing in 21st century infrastructure.
- Securing a basic standard of living for all Americans that includes a clean environment and access to nutrition.
Last year, Rep. Maloney introduced the Carbon Reduction and Tax Credit Act, which would price carbon and return the proceeds to taxpayers. Specifically, the bill would price carbon at $40 per ton and index the price to inflation. It would then create a tax credit up to $1,000 for each taxpayer and each dependent.