Rhiana Gunn-Wright dispels the biggest myths about the Green New Deal.
It’s still early days for the Green New Deal, a ten-year policy that aims to solve climate change at the pace and scale the crisis demands. Earlier this year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a non-binding resolution to Congress. The goal of the resolution is to lay out the scope of the plan’s ambitions, but the nitty-gritty of the policy details are still to come.
Rhodes scholar Rhiana Gunn-Wright is one of the people building those details as policy lead at The New Consensus. Like any big new idea, the plan has faced skeptics and critics, and opponents have spread plenty of disinformation about the Green New Deal. So, The Years Project caught up with Gunn-Wright to help dispel five of the biggest myths surrounding her transformative proposal. Watch the full series below.
Myth 1: The Kids Are Not Alright
You can’t have a Green New Deal without young people, who are often left out of the political process. We need a more participatory process to address climate change.
Myth 2: The Green New Deal Must Appeal To Republicans
Why should politicians who have historically denied the climate crisis be used as a barometer of how to address the issue?
Myth 3: The Green New Deal Can’t Get Done In 10 Years
Scientists are calling for urgent action, and history has shown us that the United States has tackled other massive challenges on rapid timescales in the past.
Myth 4: The Green New Deal Will Cost $93 Trillion And Ruin The Economy
Gunn-Wright explains why the $93 trillion estimate put forward by a conservative advocacy group is wrong, and lays out how the economy would benefit from major investment in a low-carbon economy.
Myth 5: The Green New Deal Is Just A Progressive Wish-List
This policy is not just a way to smuggle progressive priorities into a climate bill, it’s a way to get massive buy-in from the American public.