WASHINGTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have teamed up to introduce a resolution to end carbon emissions by 2030—what the pair are calling a Green New Deal.
Markey and Ocasio-Cortez officially announced the resolution at a press conference in the capitol Thursday afternoon. It was introduced in both the House and Senate.
"The sun is setting on the dirty energy of the past," Markey told reporters. "Today marks the dawn of a new era of climate action. When we look back today, this will be the moment that we will be able to say that the political tide has turned on the rising seas. We are reclaiming our leadership on the most important issue facing humankind."
Their resolution calls for massive renewable energy deployment.
"Our energy future will not be found in the dark of a mine, but in the light of the sun," Markey said.
It also calls for smart power grids, clean and affordable public transit, and working with key industries to eliminate pollution.
"This is such a major watershed moment, and I am so incredibly excited that we are going to transition this country into the future, and we are not going to be dragged behind by our past," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Calling climate change "one of the biggest existential threats to our way of life," Ocasio-Cortez said the Green New Deal calls for bold change, rather than small, incremental solutions.
"We must be as ambitious and innovative in our solution as possible," she said. "It's not a bill. It is a resolution. And what this resolution is doing is saying this is our first step. Our first step is to define the problem, and to define the scope of the solution."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also supports the resolution.
Markey said the question isn't whether all Democrats will sign on to the Green New Deal, but rather, if any Republicans will.