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What's The Green New Deal?

By Kristin Hunt

They won’t officially take office until January 2019, but the newest members of Congress are already making headlines. You’ve likely heard a lot about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who — at 29 — has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The Democratic representative from New York spent her first day of orientation protesting with climate change activists in the Cannon House Office Building, and since then, she’s been talking a ton about something called the “Green New Deal.”

The Green New Deal now has the support of nine other current or incoming members of Congress — Carolyn Maloney, José Serrano, Ro Khanna, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Joe Neguse, Ayanna Pressley, and John Lewis. But what exactly is it and what will it do? The proposed plan would completely remake our national grid, switching over to 100 percent renewable energy and decarbonizing multiple American industries. But there’s a lot more to it than that, and a lot more still to be determined. Here are some of the basics:

The Green New Deal would drastically reduce U.S. carbon emissions