The Los Angeles City Council threw its support Tuesday behind a federal “Green New Deal” backed by nearly 100 Democratic House and Senate members to convert the economy away from dependency on fossil fuels.
The official support of House Resolution 109 and Senate Resolution 59 comes after City Council members Nury Martinez, Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin, Curren Price, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Monica Rodriguez introduced a motion last week that would direct the Department of Water and Power and other city departments to prepare a report on the development of a local “Green New Deal” to mirror the national effort.
The national resolution sets a goal for the country to get 100 percent of its power through renewable energy by 2030.
Bonin, who co-introduced the local resolution, called the GND a “big and bold and ambitious comprehensive plan to overhaul our economy in an equitable way to face the challenge of our time, which is climate change.”
The resolution was approved on a 14-0 vote.
The Green New Deal proposal has been almost universally panned by Republicans and conservative groups. At a speech last week in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump slammed the proposal.
“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of `let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump said. “… It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with. It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?”
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