America as an energy superpower

Climate change is an existential threat to our future on this planet, and we have a moral obligation to come up with a version of the Green New Deal that is feasible.  We need to transform the Green New Deal from a broad proposal to concrete policy.

The largest threat to the Green New Deal will come from the shale revolution.  The U.S. recently became the largest oil exporter in the world and is marching towards energy independence because of rapid technological advances in fracking, which allowed the U.S. to unlock vast reserves of oil and natural gas trapped underground.  The U.S. Geological Survey recently announced that the Delaware portion of the Permian shale field that spans west Texas and New Mexico contains an estimated five decades worth of oil.  The temptation to frack for economic growth, job creation, and national security will be hard for voters to resist if we delay substantive action on the Green New Deal.

Pass the Green New Deal

We need to pass a Green New Deal to create millions of new jobs by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy.  We will ban fracking, ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, and ban fossil fuel leases on public lands.  We will end exports of coal, natural gas, and crude oil.  We will reduce carbon pollution emissions from our transportation system by building high-speed rail, electric vehicles, and expanded public transportation options.