Cohen: Fighting climate change isn't about politics – it's about morality

By Andrew Cohen, Ottawa Citizen, February 12, 2019

The Green New Deal of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt. It is not the Fair Deal of Harry Truman nor the Square Deal of Theodore Roosevelt.

But the Green New Deal is the most comprehensive legislative response to climate change yet proposed in the United States Congress. It is a progressive (if vague) statement of ambition on the environment – “a grand strategy,” some call it – at a time when the assault on the planet is reaching a tipping point. That makes it a big deal.

For now, the Green New Deal is just a resolution awaiting study by a committee. Realistically, it has no immediate prospect of becoming law; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has called it “a green dream,” does not plan to bring it to the floor for a vote.

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