Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said Wednesday night that the U.S. “must have and adopt a Green New Deal” and promised to reenter the country into the Paris Agreement “on day one as president.”
Harris explicitly expressed support for a Green New Deal – inspired by self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – and slammed President Trump, accusing him of “pushing science fiction.”
“We currently have a president in the White House who obviously does not understand the science,” Harris said. “He’s been pushing science fiction instead of science fact.”
“The reality is that I would take any Democrat on this stage over the current president of the United States who is rolling it back at our collective peril,” she continued.
“We must have and adopt a Green New Deal,” she declared. “On day one as president, I would reenter us in the Paris Agreement and put it in place so we would be carbon neutral by 2030.”
This is not the first time Harris has expressed support for the radical Green New Deal. She is a co-sponsor of the Senate’s version of Ocasio-Cortez’s plan and teamed up with the radical freshman lawmaker to introduce the “Climate Equity Act” earlier this week.
As the New York Times reported:
Under the plan, any environmental regulation or legislation would be rated based on its impact on low-income communities, which are disproportionately affected by climate change because they are often in flood zones, near highways or power plants, or adjacent to polluted lands known as brownfields.
The Green New Deal has been under fire ever since its bumpy rollout, with the outline promising to provide economic security for those “unwilling to work.” It also expressed a goal of achieving net-zero emissions due to the inconvenient reality of “farting cows and airplanes.”
We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.
Harris echoed the original Green New Deal’s 2030 goal Wednesday night.