Dec 20, 2019 - Energy & Environment

Warren makes her economic case for the Green New Deal

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks with the media after the Democratic presidential primary debate
Elizabeth Warren speaks with the media after the Democratic presidential primary debate. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren is making an economically focused push on climate Friday as she seeks to regain momentum after briefly challenging for frontrunner status months ago.

Driving the news: The campaign is circulating a new analysis from the progressive think tank Data for Progress, which concludes her proposals would yield roughly 10.6 million jobs over 10 years.

  • Warren yesterday rolled out an endorsement from Rhiana Gunn-Wright, an activist who has become prominent over the last year as a key architect of the Green New Deal.
  • Those moves come roughly a week after Warren unveiled the oceans-focused portions of her wider climate platform.

The big picture: Warren's campaign released a document asserting her various plans would provide $10.7 trillion in combined federal and private investment.

  • It's a mashup of her existing proposals and some fleshed-out details in areas such as transport electrification, finance (via "green victory bonds") and more.

Details: The analysis from Data for Progress, a young outfit with growing cachet on the left, looked at potential jobs in energy, water infrastructure, transportation, and buildings.

  • They see 5.4 million jobs stemming from Warren's proposals for direct federal investment in "new and existing clean industries and implementation of green technologies."
  • But that swells to 10.6 million "due to strategic support for U.S. renewable manufacturing and export-oriented economic policy" — a conclusion that assumes each federal dollar "yields an additional 1.5 in exports and induced private-sector activity."

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