This page, in formation as of March 2019, will include commentary on and links to proposals and politics of a Green New Deal.
Resources for getting started
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, dated 7-Feb-2019, may be downloaded here (from Congress.gov).
- Climate Exchange webinar featuring Vox journalist David Roberts and Sunrise Movement activist Evan Weber, discussing Green New Deal politics on 5-March-2019. It runs an hour and takes some time to get in gear, but when it does it’s illuminating.
Carbon Taxes and the Green New Deal
We at the Carbon Tax Center are excited by the vision of a Green New Deal and the energy with which its proponents and adherents are advancing it.
We are intrigued by the vast potential synergies of combining the price signaling of carbon taxing and the societal mobilization implicit in the Green New Deal. The following letter to the editor of The New York Times, written but not published in mid-February, attempted to make that point:
To The Editor:
Jedediah Britton-Purdy rightly wants a carbon tax included in a Green New Deal (The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like, Feb. 14). But his insinuation that carbon taxes embody “the traditional environmental emphasis on controlling pollution” is reductive and unhelpful.
A robust carbon tax — not the token levy sometimes trotted out by Big Oil, but one surpassing a hundred dollars per ton of carbon dioxide within a decade — is unlike traditional pollution controls. Rather than tediously cleaning up millions of smokestacks and tailpipes one at a time, a carbon tax will help diminish and ultimately eliminate sources of pollution by undermining the economic structures that require fossil fuels.
Britton-Purdy is only half-right that “our carbon emissions are not mainly about the price of gasoline or electricity.” Prices affect emissions by influencing behavior, guiding innovation and determining societal defaults. Without a carbon tax as a key pillar, a Green New Deal will have to work twice as hard.
Director, Carbon Tax Center