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A Millennial’s Perspective on the Green New Deal

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The Green New Deal is getting a lot more attention as we get into the 2020 Presidential election. The Green New Deal is a set of proposed economic stimulus programs in the United States with a goal of addressing climate change and economic inequality. The green part refers to renewable energy, energy efficiency, agriculture and related strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new deal part refers to social and economic reforms and public works projects, similar to what was undertaken by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression (Civilian Conservation Corp, Civil Works Administration, Social Security Administration, etc.).

Author Thomas Freedman coined the Green New Deal term back in 2007. Taking up where he left off, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released a 14-page resolution for their version of the Green New Deal in February of 2019. Not surprisingly, there are strong political party line differences about the GND. There are even stronger generational differences about the GND. Without mincing words, Millenials see an existential threat to climate change — whereas most Boomers will be dead by then.

OK Boomer, so what should we do? For a youthful perspective, my guest on this week’s show is Kylie Tseng. Kylie is a graduate of NYU and is an activist for the Bay Area Sunrise Movement.  Please join us on this week’s Energy Show Podcast as Kylie shares a Millennial’s perspective on the Green New Deal, and how everyone can encourage changes that will benefit both our climate and society.


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Matt Chester on Dec 27, 2019 12:25 pm GMT

The generational differences in attitude on climate change should be an eye opener about why inaction has plagued us for so long. I'm certain that the older generations of course care about the future and want action if it's achievable, but for the younger generations it's so much more tangible and real. Heck, they realistically have to look at sea-level rise maps when buying properties to see if a house will be under water before the mortgage is paid off. As more young people come to be of age for voting/office/etc., the urgency will of course come more apparent in taking action. Unfortunately, we don't appear to have time to wait for that

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Mark Silverstone on Jan 3, 2020 4:23 pm GMT

Thanks for the opportunity to listen to this discussion.   While I agree with most of what I heard,  I was a little disappointed that the subject of voting came up only once, and sort of in passing.  The only reason that the Green New Deal could even be discussed in Congress was because of the enormous change introduced in the 2018 elections, on both local and national levels. 
And it is largely due to the following: "Among 18- to 29-year-olds, voter turnout went from 20 percent in 2014 to 36 percent in 2018, the largest percentage point increase for any age group — a 79 percent jump."

But that 36% won´t be nearly enough to get on the road to the change that is required in 2020. 

So, the first step is really simple and easy. Vote!

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