SDUSA Endorsement of Representative- elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Resolution on Establishing a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal

SDUSA Endorsement of Representative- elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Resolution on Establishing a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal

Social Democrats USA does not approve of the House Democratic Leaderships rejection of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to establish a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal.  Instead, they are reviving a mostly toothless House Select Committee on the Environment.  The reasons why SDUSA supports the creation of this stronger Select Committee is summarized in the statement below that was approved by the SD National Committee at their last meeting.

The resolution introduced by Representative Ocasio-Cortez to establish a House Select Committee to plan a Green New Deal is one of the most significant social, economic and ecological proposals to be advanced in decades. The National Committee of Social Democrats USA endorses the resolution and urges the new Democratic- controlled House of Representatives to approve it as soon as possible.

For decades demagogues have profited by frightening the working people of the country into believing that environmental progress can only be made at a cost of the loss of jobs and lower standards of living. Now, when untrammeled corporate greed has caused a climate crisis around the world, everyone, regardless of circumstances, is in danger from the massive assault on our common environment. At the same time the economic, social and political conditions of the great majority have become worse. Inequality of income and wealth is at levels not seen since the advent of the original New Deal. As usual in an unrestricted capitalist economy, the last recession was solved by placing the burden on the backs of working people, at a cost of millions of jobs and homes.

Medical outcomes are worse than in other developed countries and costs are higher. Millions of young people are crippled by student debt, and childhood poverty continues to climb. It is past time to take the approach of the Ocasio-Cortez resolution: a comprehensive, planned approach to the crises we face, an approach that recognizes the interdependence of the environment, the society and the economy.

It’s time for social democracy.

5 thoughts on “SDUSA Endorsement of Representative- elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Resolution on Establishing a House Select Committee to Plan a Green New Deal

  1. My book Social Capitalism is about how social wealth and economic wealth interrelate. When obstacles are too much for the individual to overcome, we socially unite. There is a military and police force to protect economic wealth. Roads and education promote a higher level of competition. However, social wealth, as the vital air we breathe has no economic value. It has negative value if required to clean up its harmful pollution. Taxing polluters is justified. A more acceptable politics would be to use the heat energy in the atmosphere to create industrial diamonds for an electric grid of everlasting batteries that would support both the mining of coal and the environment.

  2. First of all, what qualifies Ms. Ocasio-Cortez as a Climate Scientist any more that Al Gore? We will all be dead in 12 years…well at 72 I am certainly closer, but I doubt that “Global Warming” has anything to do with it. Second, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez keeps embarrassing herself and the “Socialist” Movement or Social Democrat Movement with her idiocy! Colonial Vegetables! Come on, that is really stupid. She is no friend of Israel…enough said…in this day and age, all we need is the dumbing down of the democratic left.

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