Ruppersberger to Support Green New Deal Resolution
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today announced his support of H.Res. 109, commonly known as the “Green New Deal” resolution to address climate change. He issued the following statement:
“I’ve heard the Green New Deal resolution described as utopian, aspirational and overly ambitious. And I agree with all of these. 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 given the current political climate.
But we as Americans have always embraced challenge for the benefit of our country, and that is why I am supporting this resolution. While nonbinding, the point of a resolution like this is to lay out broad policy priorities. And, as concepts, I share the priorities established in the resolution. Who doesn’t want a healthy planet? A college education and job for anyone that wants it? Or affordable, quality healthcare and housing for everyone who needs it?
Moreover – lives are on the line. As a Defense Appropriator and former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I have met with countless military leaders who tell me that climate change is creating global instability and is now among our most dangerous national security threats.
Supporting this resolution to call attention to climate change – which will be one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime – is the easy part. The hard work is ahead in the forthcoming legislation to implement these ideals. I continue to have questions and concerns about some of them and will evaluate each proposal on their individual merits.
But one thing I know for sure: the time to act is now.”