This article discusses the research on whether the Green New Deal will work. The Green New Deal that some Democrats are now championing is unlike anything this country has ever done before. But scientists have been studying policies like these for decades, and their research can tell us a bit about what might happen should we pass this sweeping new vision for climate action and economic equality.
If you’ve been paying any attention to politics, you’ve probably heard of the Green New Deal. Some high-profile Democrats—most notably New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—have been championing it, getting it into headlines everywhere. The Green New Deal is a sweeping government program that’s equal parts economic aid for those left behind in America’s current economy and a rescue mission for the global climate. It proposes to employ everyone who wants to be, and relieve poverty, by making the American economy 100 percent fossil fuel free. The idea is that one will drive the other: We’ll fund jobs and health care and mitigate historic inequalities by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiencytechnology and eliminating the United States’ contribution to climate change. And the government will pay for it.
Will the Green New Deal work? How many jobs will it create, and how many will it destroy? Can America really afford something like this? These are big, important questions. Luckily, science has answered some of them. It’s hard to predict exactly what will happen, researchers say, because the official proposal doesn’t go into enough detail.