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On Earth Day, Ruppersberger Announces Support for Green New Deal Resolution

Apr 22, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC) – In recognition of Earth Day 2021, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today announced his renewed support for the “Green New Deal” resolution to mitigate global warming – including its impact on our national security – while creating millions of high-paying jobs for Americans.

We must achieve net-zero global emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 if we want to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, including more than $500 billion in lost economic output in the United States, according to a United Nations panel. Without aggressive action, we can expect more wildfires, droughts and severe storms that will ultimately threaten life and property. The Pentagon has officially identified climate change as a top priority that will be included in our National Defense Strategy.

“Achieving carbon neutrality and guaranteeing jobs for all within 10 years – and figuring out how to pay for it –with bipartisan support will be extremely challenging,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “But Americans have always embraced challenge for the benefit of our country  -- and, in this case, the planet – and that is why I am supporting this resolution.”

The Green New Deal is a non-binding resolution that lays out policy goals including:

  • Achieving the greenhouse gas and toxic emissions reductions needed to stay under 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming;
  • Creating millions of high-wage jobs;
  • Investing in U.S. infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
  • Securing clean air and water, climate resiliency, healthy food, access to nature and a sustainable environment for generations to come.

Legislation implementing these goals will be forthcoming. Congressman Ruppersberger co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution when it was first introduced in March 2019 and has signed on again for the 117th Congress.