The Green New Deal, explained

  • Published on Jun 12, 2019
  • What's actually in the Green New Deal?
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    The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to fight the effects of climate change. It’s the only American plan that actually acknowledges the size of the impending crisis. And it contains some difficult truths that we might not want to hear.
    Read the Green New Deal resolution here:
    For additional context I recommend this piece by Vox’s Umair Irfan on the United Nations climate report, where the world’s best climatologists tell us how urgent of a problem this is:
    This piece from Vox’s David Roberts, shows that world leaders really aren’t taking this urgency seriously.
    Finally, you should read this explainer of the Green New Deal, followed by this story (in list form) by Hannah Northey:
    I also enjoyed this piece, from Kate Aronoff of the Intercept, that imagines a world after the Green New Deal: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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  • Vox
    Vox  6 months ago +710

    If you want to read about the Green New Deal in the lens of the 2020 election, I recommend this piece explaining Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal:

    Inslee has the most ambitious climate proposals; it is, as Vox's David Roberts writes, the Green New Deal translated into policy.

    For more from the rest of the 2020 democratic field, check out the Vox policy guide:

    - Alvin

    • Kyle Mortensen
      Kyle Mortensen 16 days ago +1

      Dude, Jay Inslee is a con artist.

    • Tony
      Tony 18 days ago +1

      Climate Change is a HOAX!!!

    • Dianna Skare
      Dianna Skare 21 day ago


    • Derek Smidl
      Derek Smidl 2 months ago

      @Xavier Soltero well this election will be Sanders' to lose so I'm good with that. Be as progressive as possible. Change the old ways of thought.

    • Derek Smidl
      Derek Smidl 2 months ago

      @Henry Gustav you PAID 40K in?! Man I get like 800 some dollars back lol. Also I have energy efficient everything and I made the conscious decision to quit driving 3 years ago though I still keep the mustang for sentimental value. I waste water pretty badly but everything else I'm good with

  • Oak
    Oak 4 hours ago

    Crashing the economy causing millions of people to lose their income and way of life is probably not the best way we should allocate our resources to protect the environment. I understand the emotional argument and it’s compelling but it undermines the society we built that is allowing us to fight it in the first place.

  • John f Kennedy
    John f Kennedy 22 hours ago

    You do realize producing the Lithium batteries for these electric cars creates more emissions that a natural gas burning vehicle. 1 battery > 1 year driving gas burning car.

  • Peter Lynn
    Peter Lynn 23 hours ago

    God Controls the Weather
    “God is truly awesome, beyond what we know; the number of his years is unknowable.
    He draws up drops of water, distilling it to rain and mist.
    When the clouds pour down; they drop their rain on all of humanity.
    (Job 36:26-28)

  • RoachTV 6
    RoachTV 6 Day ago

    It would have been great if the left didn’t instrumentalized it so they can advance their anti-European, pro mass migration agenda.

  • 1one1won
    1one1won Day ago

    Tell India, China, and Vietnam to cut emissions first

  • Aleksey Pälm-Leeis

    All those women in Islamic counties and millions of slaves must really care about climate change huh

  • John Nastrom
    John Nastrom 2 days ago

    Yawn! More hysterics from the loony left.

  • Dr Morecoch
    Dr Morecoch 2 days ago

    tell that to china

  • Tonia Falowo
    Tonia Falowo 2 days ago

    America is NOT the richest country in the world.

  • Ben Shapiro
    Ben Shapiro 3 days ago +2

    Yes, I will sacrifice my modern technology on the altar that voices the idea that the Earth will totally be uninhabitable in my lifetime as a result of climate change. These scientists are malthusian in their warnings and authoritarian in their prescriptions, arguing that we must sacrifice all economic development for the sake of the planet despite the fact that we contribute less carbon emissions than the developing world. It is only through innovation that the planet can be saved, not through its stifling. We make more technological developments in five years as a modern society today than as in a twenty year period 100 years ago. Surely we can produce solutions to this crisis.

  • stalwart tea kettle Potato

    Yes comrade ,the 5 year plan , uh I mean the great leap forward uh I meant the green new deal is totally the best and only solution.

  • Kevin Frenyea
    Kevin Frenyea 4 days ago


  • by peacewillow
    by peacewillow 4 days ago

    thank you for this. it really broke it down in a simply to understand way.
    which makes it even more appalling to hear people attack it.
    this is about human evolution....
    can we evolve past egoic selfishness and greed to a place of egalitarianism and peace?
    innovation will not stop. to the contrary, it will blossom while looking for solutions to our worst mess ups.
    this plan sounds like an awesome first step to me....
    you have to acknowledge a problem before you can even think about solving it.

  • 10th Continent
    10th Continent 5 days ago

    Vote for Andrew Yang.

  • Ritchie Drummond
    Ritchie Drummond 8 days ago

    Your 'science' is junk

    • Ren
      Ren Day ago

      Ritchie Drummond >95% of the scientific community is in consensus here. Many of those not agreeing with the rest scientific community are on the payroll of the fossil fuel industries.
      It’s in the best interests of these corporations to sew doubts about the impact of humans in climate change. They’ve known about these issues since the 70s. They purchased patents from early renewable energy attempts to try and halt progress.

  • Lizzie Rodda
    Lizzie Rodda 9 days ago +12

    The fact that we still have to convince people that climate change is real is concerning

    • ruready2learn1
      ruready2learn1 2 days ago +1

      That's not where the difficulty lies. The climate is in fact changing and has been since creation. The issue is 1) to what degree and 2) is there a remedy or not and 3) how to address any portion that is human-caused. Once we can agree on some of the issues we only have to discover where our ideas differ and discuss from there. Simple in theory.

  • Kapitananime
    Kapitananime 9 days ago


    • Jowlian
      Jowlian 6 days ago

      @Kapitananime except they're not.

    • Kapitananime
      Kapitananime 7 days ago

      @Dave Chavez NO SEA fact the sea levels are lowering.

  • gorogo banab
    gorogo banab 10 days ago

    still not endorsing AOC

  • I'm Not Telling You My Name

    He said it's not legislation, but calls it a bill?

  • Antonio Iorio
    Antonio Iorio 11 days ago

    Bernie 2020!

  • NiogHalvFemsProblemer
    NiogHalvFemsProblemer 11 days ago

    Imagine Rhiana Gunn-Wright was President.

  • Jason Washington
    Jason Washington 11 days ago

    The Americans that will be most vulnerable to this authoritarianism will be Americas poorest, good thing the Democrats run the most impoverished counties in this nation. They would have jurisdiction over thousands who would have no choice but to comply with less food options and forced public transportation. Are Democrats evil, or do we naturally gravitate willfully to slavery?

  • Youtube User
    Youtube User 11 days ago +1

    Save yourself 7 minutes of your life and just google Agenda 2030. It's the same thing. United nations total control over everything and everyone.

  • Ben W
    Ben W 12 days ago

    😔 thanks old ppl. I can’t wait for a fallout 4 type situation! Guess I better start training up, and make sure to not have any kids, I don’t want baggage to carry around

  • Guy Ture
    Guy Ture 12 days ago

    if you watch in the beginning the graph goes in the mid eighties that's when we had a chance it's way too late now we've changed the climate too much already we just have to deal with the effects and try to slow it down

  • Futures
    Futures 13 days ago +1

    it seems very odd to zoom in on one element fossil fuels as a cause of warming - the earth is a massive dynamic ever changing system with billions of inputs and outputs that we don't really understand

  • Ghost Viper
    Ghost Viper 13 days ago +2

    I heard their plans to “protect” the citizens... but not how they will go about enacting those plans

    • Aidann
      Aidann 11 days ago

      Ghost Viper in which like half the video said how she is now coming up with ways on how the government will take action for the plan

  • Kayo
    Kayo 13 days ago +4

    Me: We all live on this speck of dust right?
    Me: And the speck of dust is dying right?
    Gov.: Mhm
    Me: And we physically have the power to save it right?
    Gov.: Mhm
    Me: So why don't we?
    Gov.: Nah, too expensive.

  • Pharoah M
    Pharoah M 13 days ago +1

    Lol republicans are literally ruining the world

  • 22Lightning
    22Lightning 13 days ago

    The whole point that it is a "transition" means just that. A transition. We will fail horribly if we do not transition into this. We can get to 0 emissions, but if we think that it is going to happen overnight with no recoil, we will not succeed. It doesn't matter if we have goals to help the world when it is so in need of our help if we are stepping over the dead bodies of our population to do it. Look at China's environmental policy, look how it is failing. We cannot do that to ourselves in the pursuit of even the most altruistic of goals. However, if we transition properly, we can do it!

  • ÂfullmoonGtr
    ÂfullmoonGtr 13 days ago

    the Green New Deal only a theorectical Band-Aid solution it will Not work ! ..the problem is far larger than burning fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions to take back the planet to a safe place ..the problem and the solution is identified in Bible based Apocalyptic Prophecies.... ..the solution cannot be of human origin must be of Divine origin ..because the underlying problem is that humanity lives in a world under Sin and Jesus Christ is preparing people for a message of His imminent Second Coming to Earth in Power and Great Glory in which the Earth will be consumed in fire and destroyed , much the same way the Earth was consumed with water and destroyed by Flood during the time of Noah ..and the only way to capture the attention of all peoples on the Earth through Emergency and Crisis ..and to have a message of solution of only Divine origin ..and that message and solution Is the message of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ ❣✝❣ ....

  • ThatGuyOnTheInternet
    ThatGuyOnTheInternet 14 days ago +2

    People expect the American government to fix the environment but my city can’t even fix a pot hole

    • ThatGuyOnTheInternet
      ThatGuyOnTheInternet 11 days ago

      Jason Washington lol true

    • Jason Washington
      Jason Washington 11 days ago

      Democrats run cities into the ground, Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, San Francisco, but they're perfect too engineer the plan to save and govern the planet?

  • yulianto rahardjo
    yulianto rahardjo 14 days ago

    this green new deal can benefit oil producing country, since not much would interesting buying fosil fuel any more, so no more war in the name of oil field

  • Matthew McCabe
    Matthew McCabe 14 days ago +1

    Its kinda like the Declaration of Independence but it’s for the us and climate change

    KENJAAAHHHH 14 days ago

    if the sun will boil away the Earth anyways... and nothing is permanent....the universe is literally chaotic. Can we save a planet when it was doomed to begin with?

    • Robert N.
      Robert N. 13 days ago

      These believe in Utopia so I'm afraid your perspective is lost on them.

  • charles sanchez
    charles sanchez 15 days ago +37

    "This is wasteful spending!" Says the clowns who vote for increased useless military spending.

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 7 days ago

      @ew Yep. It's debt from our $7 trillion dollar war in Iraq.

    • ew
      ew 7 days ago

      @charles sanchez there is something called debt and it is increasing.

    • ThatGuyOnTheInternet
      ThatGuyOnTheInternet 13 days ago

      @charles sanchez yes everything unless the spending is small like NASA funding and stuff like that

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 13 days ago +1

      ThatGuyOnTheInternet All spending?

    • ThatGuyOnTheInternet
      ThatGuyOnTheInternet 14 days ago

      charles sanchez all spending needs to be cut

  • AirPodTheWorst
    AirPodTheWorst 15 days ago

    and then companys will lobby it

  • John Mark
    John Mark 16 days ago

    The proposal basically forces majority of people to abandon their source of income and put their trust in a well known corrupt government for their lives with no guarantee that climate change will change the way we want it to be. How much change does carbon affects it? Water affects climate at more than 50% while carbon affects it with just a small fraction.

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 15 days ago

      This is how slavery ended. Abandon your source of income- it's wrong. It's gonna collapse sooner or later.

  • denver miami
    denver miami 16 days ago +1

    The green new deal wouldn't work and it will never be put to the test thank god

  • •Sam•
    •Sam• 17 days ago +1

    You can’t just stop the climate from changing because it has Been happening for millions of years. The earth get warmer and colder over periods of time.

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 14 days ago

      Water So what is the answer?

    • •Sam•
      •Sam• 14 days ago

      charles sanchez thank you for that, but the green new deal is certainly not the answer.

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 15 days ago

      Hey water. I want to educate you on something. I hope you'll listen. Here I go:

      Climate is not the same thing as TEMPERATURE. Hot and cold are temperatures. It's like when you touch ice and fire. Ice is cold. Fire is hot. Climate is something different. Climate is a pattern of weather. Climate change is when the patterns of weather start changing drastically. This is very bad. It will change the planet and the animals and plants and bugs that are important for the food chain. If bees and bugs can't pollinate our food, we will have no food. If it gets too hot, there will be no water to drink. It's very bad. Hope this changes your mind.

  • Bendy And His Friendzzz

    Solution to Climate Change is already being worked on by billionaires. It's called Mars Colonization.

  • Emily Rushing-Stephens

    I feel dumber having watched this crock. So basically you want to tell people what they can and can't drive or eat or how their home should function. This is all based on speculation. The words "could result" or "could casue" isn't a factual backing. It could also not happen as much as it could happen. This honeslty seems like a hostel take over to force Americans to live as a small group of people see fit for their personal opinion and polictal agenda. Thank you for sealing my Republican vote for 2020

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 15 days ago

      Hey Emily, we all live on the same planet. Should someone be able to freely pollute the ocean and destroy MY atmosphere? And if I tell them to stop, you will say "You want to tell people what they can and can't do?" Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. The earth is not yours. It is ours. We share the same water and same sky. You don't get to live in a world on your own, we need to live together.

  • Zachary Potter
    Zachary Potter 18 days ago

    I guess you forgot to mention the mass migration from West Virginia...

    • avocadodab
      avocadodab 15 days ago

      Zachary Potter that’s already happening. if we built a strong renewable industry in WV, people would mass migrate towards west virginia

  • Sicao is dead
    Sicao is dead 18 days ago

    Realistically, it is far too late to save the planet without causing (any more) negative impact. More bad will happen, but it is about DAMAGE CONTROL. We must act NOW, in order to begin transitioning the human race to a live without carbon. Even if we act NOW, irreversible damage will still happen. We must all come together for the greater good, all make sacrifices and all learn how to live in a world without emissions (and jobs that involve emissions).

  • squelette20
    squelette20 18 days ago +2

    Hey RU-clip, that ad for Black Friday after the video isn't helping

  • Mona Moore
    Mona Moore 18 days ago

    *Socialist system economy and government is the answer*

  • Rome Kostis
    Rome Kostis 19 days ago

    I don't people realize this, but America doesn't create that much pollution compared to other countries. Even if the green new deal would work, China and India would still be polluting the earth

  • Lynette Hicks
    Lynette Hicks 19 days ago

    We have no choice.

  • Ken Little
    Ken Little 19 days ago

    Coal jobs are a prime example. There are more than ten times as many people working in renewable energy as are working in coal, and it's only going to go up. Maybe, I'm assuming here, but I figure if you're tough enough to mine coal, you're tough enough to install a solar panel.. Jus' sayin'

  • IDontLikeLiberals
    IDontLikeLiberals 19 days ago

    Bunch o' baloney.

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 15 days ago

      Facts always seem like baloney to those under a rock!

  • m jagusch
    m jagusch 19 days ago

    Ya, it's gonna cost alot... Do you think America can handle it, as they couldn't even handle switching from imperial to metric?

  • Old World Disorder
    Old World Disorder 20 days ago

    Y'all don't realize that God's Judgement is already upon us. Because the Elites have fooled you into thinking global warming and climate change is real.
    Jesus said we would live in strange times and see signs of his coming.

  • Kimberly Smith
    Kimberly Smith 23 days ago

    Can everyone in the comments please turn to the European Union and their imperfect but working policies on climate change and transportation. The U.S.A. is not the only developed powerhouse in the world.

  • Anton Nathen
    Anton Nathen 23 days ago

    please make this happen

  • Ronnie Loco
    Ronnie Loco 23 days ago +1

    that will never happened because this deal will cut more jobs than create

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 13 days ago

      @Ronnie Loco Think about what YOU are saying. We won't have an inhabitable planet to live on. End of discussion.

    • Robert N.
      Robert N. 13 days ago

      @charles sanchez If you can even fund it.

    • Ronnie Loco
      Ronnie Loco 14 days ago

      @charles sanchez think about what you are saying...while waiting for the long run , no job ,no money from paying higher taxes. wake up !

    • charles sanchez
      charles sanchez 15 days ago

      In the long run, it will create more.

  • Ronnie Loco
    Ronnie Loco 23 days ago

    stop building out and killing trees and landscape we cut and develop out and out

  • F0XYr4bB!T
    F0XYr4bB!T 23 days ago +3

    Why does the gnd explicitly exclude nuclear energy, the best and cleanest energy source that we have access to?

    • F0XYr4bB!T
      F0XYr4bB!T 17 days ago

      @Nic Hawkins check out thorium reactors. the waste they produce decay orders of magnitudes faster (100-400 years), produces less waste, generates more power, cannot be weaponized, is potentially renewable, less prone to overheating/meltdown. pretty much better in every respect.
      also if you are on that argument, you should check out the harm that batteries (production and disposal) do to the environment. if we go only solar and wind, we will need a looooooooot of batteries to store the captured energy, which also have limited lifetime.

    • Nic Hawkins
      Nic Hawkins 18 days ago

      Because we currently don’t have a way to destroy the waste or make it less harmful. To build on that, capitalists would use cheap methods of removing the waste: dumping into natural phenomenon such as rivers. Aside from that, there’s also a HUGE amount of risk in building nuclear plants - they produce large amounts of energy, but also require constant supervision and maintenance to ensure that they don’t overheat or otherwise malfunction. If anything goes wrong, then we’ve created an area around a malfunctioned plant of nuclear fallout.

    • Christian Edwardsen
      Christian Edwardsen 21 day ago

      Because that's an actual solution and they want control instead. Don't tell anyone that there are hundreds of nuclear powered sea vessels cruising around.

    • Paranoid Android
      Paranoid Android 22 days ago +4

      Nuclear, the cleanest? Are you kidding? Nuclear doesn’t produce c02 but it is not clean. You have to deal with the waste and you have to make sure the waste is safe for a very long time. What happens if in the future , due to climate changes there is some level of social collapse and the waste sites can’t be safe guarded? Then you have a big problem. Solar on the other hand has basically no complications and is much cleaner.

  • Jason Calucci
    Jason Calucci 24 days ago

    Lower the agricultural lower the risk. It all starts with the farms!

  • Tom Geraghty
    Tom Geraghty 24 days ago +1

    "It's all over in ten years." But there's a safety net. Once we get to that ten-year point, the environmentalists (AKA "environ-mental cases,") ... will declare "It's all over in ten years" giving us another ten years.