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  3 months ago +652

    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

    • joskemom
      joskemom 2 days ago

      The Green new deal is about the destruction of capitalism. The Sun controls the climate not an element that has twice as much of oxygen than carbon and in total is less than 2% of the atmosphere.

    • SquirrelHill1971
      SquirrelHill1971 6 days ago

      There's a book called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Stop Cows from Farting

    • Xavier Soltero
      Xavier Soltero 11 days ago

      Mint Visto At $16.3 trillion spent over 15 years, Sanders’ climate deal is by far the priciest of all the Democratic candidates left in the primary race. It’s also arguably the most progressive - pushing for the US to have a carbon-free economy by 2050. The senator from Vermont also set a 2030 benchmark goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy in the country’s two most carbon-intensive industries, transportation and the power sector, by investing in solar, wind, and geothermal power. Sanders’ plan would also declare climate change a national emergency,

    • Xavier Soltero
      Xavier Soltero 11 days ago

      Vox At $16.3 trillion spent over 15 years, Sanders’ climate deal is by far the priciest of all the Democratic candidates left in the primary race. It’s also arguably the most progressive - pushing for the US to have a carbon-free economy by 2050. The senator from Vermont also set a 2030 benchmark goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy in the country’s two most carbon-intensive industries, transportation and the power sector, by investing in solar, wind, and geothermal power. Sanders’ plan would also declare climate change a national emergency,

    • G Sterling
      G Sterling Month ago

      One only has to recall AOC's former (thank God) Chief of Staff who readily admitted that the Green New Deal wasn't really about the climate. In a Washington Post profile he said, "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

  • Seek Wisdom
    Seek Wisdom 7 hours ago


  • Bai Mark
    Bai Mark 13 hours ago

    I don’t understand why we can’t just print money that isn’t backed and pretend it’s back

  • tim vanderlinde
    tim vanderlinde 14 hours ago

    This is why I bike everywhere and grow my own food. I also hunt like a caveman and live in a mud hut. I use no electricity and have no life. Somehow I found a phone to type this but that is beside the point. Everyone become like me and it will be like living in the dark ages.

  • bruce nassar
    bruce nassar 18 hours ago

    no car no boat no planes no gas no heating fuel for homes, but huge new taxes

  • IgorD
    IgorD Day ago

    The resolution looks like someone asked a bunch of 5th graders "how to make the world a better place?"
    - everyone should be happy and rich.. and also.. like.. good to others, as much as technologically feasible.

  • joskemom
    joskemom Day ago

    So, they want to power the world without the oil industry. With a growing population that is going to always increase a demand on energy because of out technology driven world, the idea is to use windmills, solar panels, and perhaps, hamsters running in a generator. But hey, good idea, put millions of people out of work, destroy the oil industry over a crisis based on science fiction and downgrade America into a 3rd world nation. The idea that CO2, and not the Sun, is the main driver of the climate energy confirms that the UN has a bunch of quacks as so called 'climate experts'.

    • bruce nassar
      bruce nassar 18 hours ago

      AOC is in charge now so turn in your car turn off the ac by the way please leave your house clean for the poor family that is going to be moving in. Thanks Comrade

  • Jaden Bolyard
    Jaden Bolyard Day ago +2

    Did he really just say “especially the poor and people of color will suffer the most”

  • Kemikalsound
    Kemikalsound Day ago

    This has to be done...but this will not help enough unless ALL countries adopt some form of this. India and China continuing on as they do won't solve the globes problem, unfortunately.

  • Dominik Klemetsrud

    What if we make all current fossil fuel workers occupied for more environmentally friendly energy sources such as wind power and making solar panels? That way we will have more/better energy and no one will lose their jobs.

  • Felix Nope
    Felix Nope Day ago +1

    This is bad deal for US (for now!)

  • joskemom
    joskemom 2 days ago

    Ok, this video starts out with a false premise. These are not the world's best climatologist, they are the main drama queens who want to push this hoax so that the UN can dictate how we live. The Sun controls the climate, not some element that is less than 1% of the atmosphere.

  • Jean-Luc Thomas
    Jean-Luc Thomas 2 days ago

    This seems silly.

  • Samuel Eromosele Julius

    how did this get on my timeline? by the way, they recently said its not about climate, its about overhauling the economy.

  • Collin Summers
    Collin Summers 3 days ago

    Basically take your cars away

  • waterhead001
    waterhead001 3 days ago

    The Green New Deal looks like a massive Boondoggle, that will cause massive destabilization. The Earth is getting warmer and Greener. This is not a dying Planet, far from it.

  • Hush Money
    Hush Money 3 days ago +1

    AOC Told us we only got 11.5 years left for the world and I believe Her, she was a Bartender . You know China is not going for the new green Deal ,they will tell us they are . They want to take over the World... they are not letting Immigrants go there .they will Shoot Them … They already got lock on Cuba … Chines Restaurants there and China Cars . I took a Cruise Ship in Cuba and had 3 Budweiser's that I drank with the locals .. they never Heard of bud King of Beers but they have Chines Restaurants and if AOC is right about 11.5 years we have no choice But to Bomb China Russia and Middle East to Survive we only make 15 % of the pollution in the world . Thank God for AOC ...

  • Srgt Zelo
    Srgt Zelo 3 days ago

    Soon it won't be about politicians or money. In the wake of a doomed tomorrow, the people will turn to anarchy and destroy the world in hopes to rebuild it. Will that be the fatal fate that we require?

  • Jeff Harte
    Jeff Harte 3 days ago +1

    You all know heavy industries and farming would take over a hundred years to retool.

  • StarBender
    StarBender 3 days ago

    actually china gives off the most carbon emissions and it’s mostly from automotive vehicles, you can look it up

  • Frosty Primal
    Frosty Primal 4 days ago +10

    So who’s going to pay for this even though America is in trillions dollars of debt?

    • Darren Ung
      Darren Ung 23 hours ago

      Follow the money!

    • IgorD
      IgorD Day ago

      US citizens are going to pay for this, but not going to see anything done.

  • axenledgie the sovereign one

    Politics don't matter, this bill doesn't matter, Republicans and Democrats don't matter. What matters is that we have passed the point of reversing climate change. We can only slow the inevitable at this point.

  • Brian S
    Brian S 4 days ago

    green new deal explained: Spend more than the entire GDP of the current economy, destroy the economy, bend over and get ready to be China's whipping boy.

    • Brian S
      Brian S 4 days ago

      oh... and affect the global climate temperature by 1/2 of one degree after throwing millions of people out of work and trillions of tax dollars into the plan.

  • Iain Botham
    Iain Botham 4 days ago +1

    4:43 Is that a wood-burning stove in the background? CUT YOUR CARBON OMISSIONS, MISTER!

  • Iain Botham
    Iain Botham 4 days ago +2

    Want to go back to the stone age? Vote Democrat and support the Green New Deal!

  • Iain Botham
    Iain Botham 4 days ago

    2:19 Love her naturally blonde hair

  • Kyle Sherrit
    Kyle Sherrit 4 days ago

    The 🇺🇸 is not the main country responsible for the conditions you believe we are in. We are also not solely responsible for solving the problems you think we have. If the new green deal works, then have 1 of the 50 states put it into practice. If they are energy independent without fossil fuels, then we could integrate it into the rest of the country. I suggest California or New York.

  • Madius Price
    Madius Price 4 days ago +2

    This would more than triple the size of the federal government. I think there are better solutions to climate change than federal overhaul.

  • ruzzell907
    ruzzell907 5 days ago +6

    Green New Deal is just a roadmap to making America socialist.

  • David Montaño
    David Montaño 5 days ago



  • Andrea
    Andrea 5 days ago

    cOveR a DeSSErt In SOlaR PanELs

  • Adrian Durlej
    Adrian Durlej 5 days ago +2

    What IF, global warming facts are exaggerated for a political agenda.... Kinda breaks down their credibility and urgency to disregard people's livelyhood just to gain power.

  • JoshuaNW
    JoshuaNW 5 days ago

    We’ll see

  • Okwom Oki
    Okwom Oki 6 days ago

    BS, we'd be economically disadvantaged if we abandon critical sources of energy.

  • SquirrelHill1971
    SquirrelHill1971 6 days ago

    There's a book called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Stop Cows from Farting.

  • Leo V.
    Leo V. 6 days ago

    The onion’s “here’s why you’re wrong” video brought me here

  • Queenie’s Ass
    Queenie’s Ass 6 days ago

    We literally made up currency, it isn’t real

  • African Rule
    African Rule 6 days ago +2

    why don't you guys push India and China to adopt this????

    • Geneviève Beauchamp
      Geneviève Beauchamp 6 days ago

      China already has a Green transition plan. Its not perfect but they are at least acting on it...unlike the idle american Congress

  • Briggs
    Briggs 7 days ago +1


  • the kekambas
    the kekambas 7 days ago

    This is a deal that could ruin America

  • David Rowley
    David Rowley 7 days ago

    No such thing as evolutionary history. The whole crew are off their collective rockers

  • Chaos Primordial
    Chaos Primordial 7 days ago

    They get paid to manipulate data.
    The graph is a joke and Climate Change was a lot worse thousands of years ago.

  • Mike Collins
    Mike Collins 8 days ago

    Who writes the checks for these "brilliant" climatologists?

    What did the Socialist use before candles? Electicity !!

  • Drunken Hamster
    Drunken Hamster 8 days ago +1

    "NO fossil fuels"
    Uhm.... What about motorsports, or the very small contributors such as motorcycles, model cars and aircraft? What about natural burning like wood-burning stoves, campfires, and things like that. This video doesn't explain it, there's no depth. It's, at best, explanatory only of the outlined idea.
    Nevermind the fact that no government ever is able to truly sustain promises of protection and free stuff without great detriment and parasitism to society as a whole.

    • madamewho
      madamewho 6 days ago

      Drunken Hamster oh my! Yeah let us think about motor sports when coming up with a plan to save life on earth as we know it 🙄

  • Postmodern Justice
    Postmodern Justice 8 days ago +5

    Good grief. The climate projections are entirely based on computer models that so far have not accurately predicted anything. The climate models are not even bad science, they are non-science. Is anyone surprised that governments can purchase the cooperation of intellectuals?

  • tom collins
    tom collins 8 days ago

    Its more like the green fantasy.

  • Elliot Smith
    Elliot Smith 8 days ago

    It’s just socialism with extra steps

  • Horse BAE
    Horse BAE 8 days ago

    These guys are saving the world

  • Bijan Izadi
    Bijan Izadi 8 days ago +1

    We are humans, of course we can do it

  • Rodney Bynum
    Rodney Bynum 8 days ago

    People it seems odd to talk a out zero emissions when the common car is full out gas guzzling SUV driven by mom picking up the kids. To be honest though we don't have electric vehicles to fill in for the petrol vehicles we use now. Their is no way you are going to remove gas vehicles at this point unless you fill the gap with something else. And such an effort would have to be global to mean anything. I am not saying it right but I really see no way for it to reasonable work.

  • Lane Arnold
    Lane Arnold 9 days ago

    Funny how the Green New Deal really only applies to America. The biggest polluting country on the planet, China is basically exempt. So America has to spend trillions to change our economy while China gets to proceed with business as usual.

  • Abdelatif Ardone
    Abdelatif Ardone 10 days ago +1

    its funny when politicians mentions that the money aint there to spend on saving the planet while litterly trillions have been spend on the so called war on terror to end lives...

  • Les Campbell
    Les Campbell 10 days ago +3

    Instead of 1000s if people loosing jobs why not create jobs while mining Helium 3 ... its win win

  • damedesmontagnes
    damedesmontagnes 10 days ago

    A.t.m.o.s.p.h.e.r.i.c. e.l.e.c.t.r.i.c.i.t.y.~~~~~~~~~✓

  • damedesmontagnes
    damedesmontagnes 10 days ago

    Population decrease will be best for the planet...

  • Stephane Nerbonne
    Stephane Nerbonne 10 days ago +3

    Agenda 21 with psychopath at the helm, green communism. Very dangerous.

  • Ray Salazar
    Ray Salazar 11 days ago

    To be honest no one is stopping anyone from doing their part in changing this. No one really needs a paper to stop you from driving a petro car or eating meat. Sad truth is that these industries only strive on the demand for their product or services. Anything from going for a quick bite at the fast food joint, to taking a flight to Las Vegas for the weekend even when you a buy a brand new phone. All of these are just convenient for the easy life and it's hard to let go. Even for Cortez that shouts out to stop Comercial flying but doesn't lead by example by showing how to do it the green way, instead she racks up a large spending in flying and Uber driving.
    Not here to bash on the lady I'm sure she's going to do a great job one day. But it's an example of what I want to comment. Even if these politicians manage to get rid of one industries. With power they will not hesitate to indulge on what is not allowed for us. They are no different from us and they all wish for the good of earth. But at our expense and deaths this will be the only way to save earth if they do it by force. When that day arrives I will call it the Genghis Law.

    • Sean C
      Sean C 10 days ago +1

      So true, Ray! So, here's an idea . . . . .
      Why don't we just test it out first? Why don't we set up a state or territory somewhere that models EVERYTHING the Green New Deal mandates . . . energy efficiency, equality etc. . . . and then see what happens? Then we'll have HARD EVIDENCE as to the true benefits of such a plan . . . instead of trying to convince people with hand waving, Microsoft excel charts, and virtue signaling. Anyone who want's to be part of the experiment is free to move there. If this plan is so good, it's bound to work, right? If not, you haven't lost a whole country.
      Side note: That's what I find so cool about our states . . . short of federal laws/ mandates, each one can pretty much govern as they see fit . . . which means we can really analyze the benefits/ hindrances of various policies.

  • Arturo Perez
    Arturo Perez 11 days ago

    God these guys are caricatures of themselves. Seattle poster check, random classical instrument check 🤣 yeah your tripping I just started making good money as a auto mechanic, and now you offer socialism. 🤣

  • Blue
    Blue 11 days ago

    Could everyone at least plant a tree?

  • Stephen Baker
    Stephen Baker 11 days ago +1

    This is so ignorant