Background: The Green New Deal is a resolution authored by progressive members of Congress to tackle climate change and further economic equity. Unveiled in 2019, the resolution is short on details and not actual legislation, but it lays out broad goals.
Opposes the Green New Deal
A: In his failed 2020 presidential campaign, Hickenlooper initially suggested he would embrace 99% of the Green New Deal. But then he changed direction, saying he supports the concept but not the proposal, writing an opinion piece titled “the Green New Deal sets us up for failure.”
He says whatever policies come forward on climate change must be easy to put in place so they can make an impact sooner. With the complexity of the Green New Deal, such as providing a federal job guarantee for every American, he says it would be difficult to get the legislation through Congress and even harder to implement.
Supports the Green New Deal
A: In the race, Romanoff has called the Green New Deal the heart of his campaign. He says climate change is “a clear and present danger to life on Earth.” And he’s called for urgent action, including the creation of a New Deal-esque Civilian Conservation Corps to help speed the transition to renewable energy in America.