L.A. City Council supports federal ‘Green New Deal’

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An overhaul of America’s green energy infrastructure received unanimous support at the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. The “Green New Deal,” first proposed in 2007, has re-entered public consciousness in the past few months thanks to high-profile proponent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – New York).

A resolution by City Council members Nury Martinez, Paul Koretz and others was approved on a 14-0 vote, directing the Department of Water and Power and other city departments to prepare a report on the development of a local “Green New Deal” to mirror the national effort.

The national effort aims for 100 percent of the country’s power to come from renewable energy by 2030.

Bonin, who co-introduced the local resolution, called the GND a “big and bold and ambitious comprehensive plan to overhaul our economy in an equitable way to face the challenge of our time, which is climate change.”

“The science is undisputed, we have the technology, and the public is overwhelmingly on the side of bold action on climate action,” Bonin wrote in the motion.

The Green New Deal proposal has been almost universally panned by Republicans and conservative groups. At a speech last week in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump slammed the proposal.

“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of ‘let’s hop a train to California,’ if you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump said, according to CNBC. “… It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with. It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?”

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