Democrats just gave President Trump the socialism fight he's been spoiling for with the Green New Deal (GND) — which calls for a mammoth expansion of federal investments and market interventions — and the political and planetary stakes couldn't be higher, my colleagues Amy Harder and Alayna Treene join me in writing.
Driving the news: 6 announced or potential Democratic presidential 2020 candidates from the Senate — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders — are already co-sponsoring the non-binding resolution.
The big picture: The GND calls for a World War II-level mobilization to put the U.S. on an aggressive pathway toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, while also providing universal health care and a jobs guarantee (among other goals).
Details: Among the objectives of the resolution are...
- "Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources," while cutting emissions from transportation as much as technologically possible.
- "Upgrading all existing buildings in the U.S. and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency..."
- "Guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States."
What they're saying: Via a piece by Axios' Mike Allen, Jonathan Swan and Alayna, everyone in Trump's orbit — the White House, the campaign and the outside political advisers — are thrilled that so many of Trump’s potential 2020 opponents are endorsing the GND.
The Republican political machinery immediately went after the plan.
- The Republican National Committee called it a "socialist wish list" with huge costs.
- Sen. John Barrasso, who's in GOP leadership, knocked the "socialist manifesto that lays out a laundry list of government giveaways."
- “Every Republican in the country should get on their hands and knees and thank Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," former White House official Andy Surabian told Axios.
Quick take: It's tough to say whether there's truly jeopardy for Democrats, or whether the GND — which is both a sweeping economic plan and a climate policy template — could instead be a political winner.
- I'll be curious to see what the next waves of polling bring now that it has broken into the political mainstream and Republicans are on the attack.