Harris, Ocasio-Cortez Float Plan to Lift Low-Income Communities in Climate Plans

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday introduced a bill that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities.

The Climate Equity Act would ensure that Congress and the White House are held accountable for putting low-income and indigenous communities and minority groups that are on the “front lines” of climate change at the core of climate proposals, such as the Green New Deal.

“We need a Green New Deal based in climate and environmental justice, which means building a clean economy that protects communities that have been neglected by policymakers for far too long,” Harris said in a statement on Monday.

The senator from California has not yet unveiled a plan to combat climate change but joins more than half of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in endorsing the Green New Deal resolution championed by Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The Green New Deal platform calls on Congress to carry out a 10-year, government-driven mobilization to decarbonize the economy through investments in clean energy, buildings and transportation, as well as job retraining and social and environmental justice programs.

The bill would require that any climate-related bill undergo “equity” scoring in the same way the Congressional Budget Office conducts economic scoring of major pieces of legislation.

It would also establish an Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability to give representation to front-line communities during rulemaking processes, and create a new position of senior adviser for climate and environmental justice at all relevant agencies to ensure compliance.

“The Climate Equity Act ensures that as we go forward to solve our climate crisis, we are focusing on communities most impacted by the crisis and the transition to renewable energy,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Other presidential candidates have introduced environmental justice plans aimed at protecting communities that are disproportionately affected by floods, water and air pollution and other environmental issues.

One of those candidates, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, on Monday floated his Community Climate Justice plan, which would turn the White House Council on Environmental Quality into an agency focused on ensuring that pollution-affected communities, unions, indigenous groups and others have input on major environmental policies.

Another candidate, U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey also made environmental justice a top campaign issue, and said he would strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency to protect vulnerable communities against corporate polluters.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


  1. >Screwtape<

    Thanks for reminding me we'll all be dead in less than 12 years, according to the quasi-official "expert". That prompts another question: WHY are we to be concerned with a "Green New Deal" if we're not going to be here to "enjoy the fruits of its' destruction" between now and then? Either we're going to be dead or we ain't. I'm asking AOC to make up my mind. #Idiots.

  2. Notice how neither AOC* nor Harris, nor the other GND mouth-breathers commit their own monies. It’s always OUR fault and OUR money which must be used.

    Does anyone doubt these attention-whores would be trumpeting their own contributions to their causes? If there were any.

    *okay, she’s a financial idiot, but with a salary of $174k why isn’t she singing praises for her own donations? Hmm. Maybe because she’s made none? Same for Harris.

  3. Since it’s release, nobody has adequately explained what the Green New Deal has to do with equity or economics or justice.

    I wish someone/anyone would explain the relationship. Or at least try.

    It’s basically the Left’s version of a Christmas list (yeah, they must hate that Christmas reference). Worse, it’s a rationalization for taking more of our money to justify their fantasies.

  4. “climate and environmental justice”. One of these words is not like the other ones.
    Try this thought exercise: substitute “favoritism” for “justice”.

    Adding “justice” to things to make them sound important is just plain stupid. It’s a bad “tell” in poker terms AND a dog-whistle for SJWs (who are surprisingly white and credulous).

  5. This “Green New Deal” is the nightmare of one Alexandria Occasionally-Coherent where TRILLIONS of dollars will be flushed down the tube for no good reason. My question has been: Will this economically destructive nightmare be MANDATORY in every Nation on Earth? Will ALL combustion engines be eliminated (NO cars, trucks, ships anywhere on the planet)? Will ALL airplanes be eliminated meaning there will be NO travel beyond your own City block (BUT, you’ll need help from your 15 kids to push your wooden wheeled wagon (no steel or rubber) if you live out in the country MILES from any store, school or medical facility)? Will ALL warm blooded animals be killed to prevent flatulence (cows, horses, dogs, cats, men, women and children)?

    What will I ever do for milk for my Cheerios every morning? Oh that’s right. I won’t be here because of my flatulence and mandatory “punishment” by the Socialist death squad.

    With Harris joining the ranks of the Commie Quad Squad, it is upped by one to the Commie Quintet Squad; Socialist Division. #Stupidity-on-its-way.

    1. You forgot the cow flatulence which has Obtuse Commie all worked up. Forget the milk.

      This is all fancy BS to justify taking more of our money for their schemes and fantasies.

      We’ll all be dead in less than twelve years. Or not. Won’t they be embarassed.

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