WASHINGTON (February 7, 2019) — Today Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a joint resolution that proposes wide-ranging efforts to counter climate change and reduce economic inequality. The resolution has garnered at least 64 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 9 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI US:

“The Green New Deal has rekindled a conversation about climate action in the United States that is urgently needed. The broad enthusiasm that the Green New Deal resolution has generated is clear recognition that -- whatever form climate legislation eventually takes -- ambitious climate action must simultaneously create good jobs and reduce economic inequality. America needs a solution that prompts a rapid shift to clean energy, decarbonizes the economy, ensures everyone is heard and no one is left behind.”