The Green New Deal
The Green New Deal is the only plan put forward to address the interwoven crises of climate catastrophe, economic inequality, and racism at the scale that science and justice demand.
Green New Deal Key Points:
- Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create new jobs needed to solve the climate crisis.
- Ensure a just transition for communities and workers, including fossil fuel workers.
- Ensure justice for frontline communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly.
- End the greed of the fossil fuel industry and hold them accountable.
Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately.
The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. As rising temperatures and extreme weather create health emergencies, drive land loss and displacement, destroy jobs, and threaten livelihoods, we must guarantee health care, housing, and a good-paying job to every American, especially to those who have been historically excluded from economic prosperity.
The scope of the challenge ahead of us shares similarities with the crisis faced by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940s. Battling a world war on two fronts—both in the East and the West—the United States came together, and within three short years restructured the entire economy in order to win the war and defeat fascism.
Kelly Stone will boldly embrace the moral imperative of addressing the climate crisis and act immediately to mobilize Texans in support of the Green New Deal.
We need a woman who has the courage, the vision, and the record to face down the greed of fossil fuel executives and the billionaire class who stand in the way of climate action. We need a Railroad Commissioner who welcomes their hatred. Kelly Stone will lead our Texas Railroad Commission to enact the goals of the Green New Deal to help defeat the existential threat of climate change.
We need a just transition for workers. Implementing the Green New Deal will prioritize the fossil fuel workers who have powered our economy for more than a century and who have too often been neglected by corporations and politicians. Workers must be guaranteed 5 years of current salary, housing assistance, job training, health care, pension support, and priority job placement for they are displaced, as well as early retirement support for those who choose it or can no longer work.
We cannot accomplish any of these goals without taking on the fossil fuel billionaires whose greed lies at the very heart of the climate crisis. These executives have spent hundreds of millions of dollars protecting their profits at the expense of our future, and they will do whatever it takes to squeeze every last penny out of the Earth. Kelly Stone will go further than any other Railroad Commissioner in HERstory to end the fossil fuel industry’s greed, including making the industry pay for its pollution and prosecuting it for the damage it has caused.
Most importantly, we must mobilize and build an unprecedented grassroots movement that is powerful enough to take on Goliath, and win. Young people, advocates, tribes, cities and states all over this country have already begun this important work, and we will continue to follow their lead here in Texas.
Businesses can create a profitable competitive advantage by adopting Green New Deal goals. States, like California and Hawaii, have already set goals to become carbon-free. Nations are seeking to meet their goals under the Paris Climate Accord. So have 20 states and 110 major cities, as of 2017. As the price for wind energy and solar power falls, companies that source renewable energy may be ahead of those that don’t.
The Green New Deal funds new jobs, including installing solar panels, retrofitting coastal infrastructure, and manufacturing electric vehicles. It asks for new trade rules to stop “the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas.”
End the Greed of the Fossil Fuel Industry and Hold them Accountable
For decades, fossil fuel corporations knowingly destroyed our planet for short-term profits. The fossil fuel industry has known since as early as the 1970s that their products were contributing to climate change and that climate change is real, dangerous, and preventable. Yet, they kept going. Instead of working to find solutions to the coming crisis, the fossil fuel industry poured billions into funding climate denialism, hiring lobbyists to fight even the slightest government regulation and oversight, and contributing to politicians who would put the interests of fossil fuel executives over the safety and security of the planet. Fossil fuel corporations have fought to escape liability for the pollution and destruction caused by their greed. They have evaded taxes, desecrated tribal lands, exploited workers and poisoned communities. This is criminal activity, and these fossil fuel companies need to be held accountable.
Transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy cannot be done without standing up to fossil fuel corporations.
Kelly Stone will make fossil fuel corporations pay for the irreparable damage they have done to our communities and our planet, and she will ensure that all fossil fuel workers affected by the transition are entitled to new jobs, health care, pensions, and wage support. She will not allow fossil fuel executives to reap massive profits while endangering the future of humanity. By no means will she leave it to the market to determine the fate of the planet. The science is clear on what is necessary.
As Railroad Commissioner, Kelly will take immediate action to end the fossil fuel industry’s greed once and for all.
Kelly believes we can make the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution by:
1. Raising penalties on pollution from fossil fuel energy generation.
2. Requiring remaining fossil fuel infrastructure owners to buy federal fossil fuel risk bonds to pay for disaster impacts at the local level. Federal risk bonds can then be paid to counties and municipalities when there are fossil fuel spills, explosions, or accidents.
3. Implement sanctions for corporations that violate our domestic climate goals.
4. Banning offshore drilling.
5. End all new federal fossil fuel infrastructure permits.
6. Require fossil fuel corporations repair leaking infrastructure, including natural gas and oil pipelines and drilling sites. Methane from fracked natural gas is 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in our atmosphere. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) can be more than a thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane leaked by the oil and gas industry each year is roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon pollution emitted each year by the US coal industry.
7. Clean up old and abandoned fossil fuel infrastructure. There are thousands of abandoned fossil fuel sites all over the state. We can put people to work in those communities cleaning up plants, pipelines, well heads, and refineries with good-paying, union jobs while ensuring the highest workplace safety standards, and repurposing these facilities for community needs.
8. Banning fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining. Fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining are two particularly harmful methods used to extract fossil fuels. They make surrounding communities less healthy and less safe. They must be immediately banned.
9. Banning imports and exports of fossil fuels. Congress’ decision in 2015 to lift the ban on exporting fossil fuels was a mistake. We must no longer export any fossil fuels. Our coal and natural gas are contributing to increased emissions abroad. We must also end the importation of fossil fuels to end incentives for extraction around the world. We can meet our energy needs and ensure energy security and independence without these imports.
A Just Transition for Frontline Communities
There is no doubt that the poor and marginalized suffer from the impacts of pollution and climate disruption — particularly communities of color. They are at the frontlines of the climate emergency. For example, of the 73 waste-burning incinerators across the United States, an astounding 79 percent are located within three miles of low-income and minority neighborhoods, which are exposed to mercury, lead, and soot. The Green New Deal is not only a serious climate plan, but an opportunity to uproot historical injustices and inequities to advance social, racial, and economic justice, including redressing the exclusion of black, brown, Native American, and other vulnerable communities from the programs that made up the original New Deal.
We must follow Environmental Justice principles. It is an unfortunate reality that institutional racism also impacts environmental health, and thus the public health and safety of millions of low-income families, people of color, and tribal communities. African American and Latinx communities deal with 56 percent and 63 percent more air pollution, respectively, than they create. Tribal lands are only 4 percent of the United States land base, yet a quarter of our nation’s 1,322 Superfund hazardous waste sites, as well as the vast majority of our abandoned uranium mines, are in Indian country. Additionally, federal leasing of public lands for fossil fuels extraction significantly impacts numerous indigenous communities that share more than 3,000 miles of contiguous border with National Forest lands.
We must update permitting rules that allow polluters to target poor communities for polluting infrastructure.Cumulative environmental impacts will be measured and we will require polluters to remediate them. Precaution for the health and safety of our children and planet should be valued above profit.
Kelly will ensure that all the Railroad Commission is abiding by Executive Order 12898, which according to the EPA, requires agencies to “identify and address the disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their actions on minority and low-income populations, to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law.”
We will clean up Superfund sites. We will clean up and repair thousands of contaminated sites. We will invest to clean up areas and communities that have been polluted by the fossil fuel, chemical and mining industries.