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The Green New Deal for Public Housing focuses on fixing the current public housing that is spread across cities, rural areas, and tribal lands. That requires everything from updating wiring and appliances to plugging ventilation leaks, to installing renewable energy on-site. All that would improve efficiency and help cut down on building carbon pollution, addressing the central tenet of the Green New Deal to get the U.S. zero carbon-free energy by 2030.
The Politics of the Plan: The Housing Act would flesh out the Green New Deal resolution introduced earlier this year by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). Vox noted that by “starting with housing, the legislators appear to be trying to make inroads with a broad political base and avoid some of the more contentious aspects of the Green New Deal, like the transition away from fossil fuels. That issue in particular has divided labor unions because it would lead to the end of mining and drilling jobs.”
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez stated that “We need electrical workers. We need construction workers. And it doesn’t have to just be fossil fuel pipelines that create these kinds of jobs. … We can create millions of jobs in this country by actually rising to the challenge of addressing what this crisis is going to represent.”
Ensuring worker buy-in to this new plan will be key to its success.
Energy Efficiency:Estimates show that over one-third of energy in American residential and commercial buildings is wasted, therefore a mass effort to improve energy efficiency in public housing would not only help lower emissions but save costs for low-income residents. Low-income Americans pay twice as much of their income for energy costs as the median income households–meaning that for many, adequate heating and cooling is out of reach with the current state of public housing and poses a serious risk to human health.
Why This Matters:Housing along with climate change are two issues important for Democratic voters and while this plan stands little chance of becoming law in this administration, it could lay a blueprint for future administrations. Tying climate change to housing and social justice is a novel political play but an important one–not only does public housing currently trap families in poverty but it also can be a detriment to tenant health. Greening all buildings is key to decarbonizing our economy, helping Americans escape poverty while we’re at it seems like an idea worth exploring.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though many companies have publicly announced their commitments to achieving net-zero emissions, new research paints a more sobering picture — less than a quarter of the world’s large public companies are on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement by 2050. In fact, emissions have continued to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As President Biden’s long-anticipated virtual Earth Day climate summit begins today, dozens of companies are set to announce significant investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and conservation to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet it will be the global financial sector that will be subject to increased pressure […]
Today the Biden administration unveils its American Jobs Plan and it is chock full of actions that will create jobs and address climate change and environmental justice issues. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Presidential Climate Envoy Kerry is traveling later this week to the United Arab Emirates and then on to India.
Why This Matters: Climate policy is central to both the Biden foreign and domestic agendas.
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