The Green New Deal, explained

  • Published on Jun 12, 2019
  • What's actually in the Green New Deal?
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    The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to fight the effects of climate change. It’s the only American plan that actually acknowledges the size of the impending crisis. And it contains some difficult truths that we might not want to hear.
    Read the Green New Deal resolution here:
    For additional context I recommend this piece by Vox’s Umair Irfan on the United Nations climate report, where the world’s best climatologists tell us how urgent of a problem this is:
    This piece from Vox’s David Roberts, shows that world leaders really aren’t taking this urgency seriously.
    Finally, you should read this explainer of the Green New Deal, followed by this story (in list form) by Hannah Northey:
    I also enjoyed this piece, from Kate Aronoff of the Intercept, that imagines a world after the Green New Deal: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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  • Vox
    Vox  Month ago +589

    If you want to read about the Green New Deal in the lens of the 2020 election, I recommend this piece explaining Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal:

    Inslee has the most ambitious climate proposals; it is, as Vox's David Roberts writes, the Green New Deal translated into policy.

    For more from the rest of the 2020 democratic field, check out the Vox policy guide:

    - Alvin

    • Jeremy Micke
      Jeremy Micke 4 days ago

      Vox stossel government bullies

    • Depth Charge
      Depth Charge 5 days ago +1

      Debunked when their own AOCs chief admits has nothing todo with climate. Bunch of gullble propagandist.

    • Depth Charge
      Depth Charge 5 days ago

      Propagandist Vox. They admit has nothing to do with climate. Your tinfoil hat gullible audience will be woke.

    • Daniel Holloway
      Daniel Holloway 9 days ago

      Why don't you read it rather than explain it. Or if you could put a link to it that would have been great.

    • ZFG Jerky
      ZFG Jerky 15 days ago +1

      @Michael Kim Yes, humans are accelerating global warming, but global warming has been a thing long before humans were around

  • JumboJumbo
    JumboJumbo 2 hours ago

    Where I can find/buy this soundtrack??

  • oikea keissari
    oikea keissari 15 hours ago

    some thing i dount understan is mankind stamd for 13% of the global varming is the rest nature. and besides if yuo read the history of the climate its a cyckle that comes ewery 10000 years..

  • The FBI
    The FBI 17 hours ago


  • Den Stew
    Den Stew 21 hour ago

    The airline industry is the biggest culprit,,,, WHY doesn't a single GREEN "new" DEAL pusher ever discuss that?

  • Berg the 89th
    Berg the 89th Day ago

    If you have $90,000,000,000,000. Then sure go for it.

  • Clarks fish tanks
    Clarks fish tanks Day ago +1

    Yeah not going to give up my NASCAR and v8s

  • Tres Loco
    Tres Loco Day ago

    There is a scientific consensus that renewables are not viable, and most scientists see solar panels as worse than fossil fuels for climate change.
    I would be all for funneling money into something like ITER and reforestation though. China and India for example have achieved wonders simply by planting millions of trees completely offsetting their much worse greenhouse contributions.
    You'd literally get a hundred percent or better return on your investment just putting the money into that, than you would by attacking traditional fuel sources.

  • Suspicious Pooh
    Suspicious Pooh Day ago +1

    America really needs to invest in a high speed train system like Tokyo has. I would give up driving if efficient train systems like that were an option. Where I live there's virtually no public transport.

  • Bikram Singh
    Bikram Singh Day ago

    How about starting with deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and deforestation happening around the world.

  • Schizo Neo
    Schizo Neo Day ago

    Perhaps let's call it for the Trojan horse it really is - The Red New Deal. You can fool some of the people some of the time, Vox, but you can't fool all the people all the time :) smooches

  • Logan Foster
    Logan Foster Day ago

    I'm sure us Americans are good with taking away planes and cars and adding 50 trillion to the national debt

  • Hannah Polish
    Hannah Polish Day ago

    Too bad climate problems are a lie.

  • TallCoolDrink
    TallCoolDrink Day ago

    Second step of GND is forced compliance, punishable by fines and imprisonment.

  • TallCoolDrink
    TallCoolDrink Day ago

    Green New Deal = Scam
    Do you promise to give a unicorn and a pony?

  • Anthony Fernandez
    Anthony Fernandez 2 days ago

    Video summary: "We're gonna end climate change and save the world! First we are going to end the use of fossil fuels, and then, SOCIALISM!!!"

  • Carolina Izaguirre
    Carolina Izaguirre 2 days ago


  • Eagle-winged Turtle
    Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

    2 problems with this video: 1st, they skipped over the part of the story where the green party wrote the green new deal about a decade ago including a part about paying for it partially through demilitarization, and they have run presidential candidates on the promise of a green new deal. Since this democratic version was written you can find it called the ecosocialist green new deal. 2nd, they claim the dems will certainly implement it in 2020 if they win power, which is just proaganda. Much of the dems are still opposed to the gnd because they are owned by the corporations the gnd would destroy. Only a few dems would actually move this forward, whereas every Green has promised to work toward the gnd since its conception.

  • Fiz Ban
    Fiz Ban 2 days ago

    You call this an explanation? Sad.

  • _.SomeBody._
    _.SomeBody._ 2 days ago

    Question, what about the other countries that are part of america? What about central, and south america? What about the other side of the world?

  • Shubham Goyal
    Shubham Goyal 2 days ago

    This is the most socialist thing I have heard!!! The richest country has to do this blah blah blah. Come on, this is such a glossy and rosy picture that it is unbelievable. Stop making fools out of yourselves and actually read up on some of the ideals you support before supporting it! The facts these people are stating are complete hogwash. Just googling for 10-15 mins will give you a much better picture. Actually go and see what the scientists said rather than a 5 sec clip from their speech.

  • Ayesha Chouhan
    Ayesha Chouhan 2 days ago

    I just love box

  • John Doe
    John Doe 2 days ago +1

    Why does everyone pushing for this say it is not a bill...or legislation when the intent of this resolution is to get to a bill or legislation? The reason they want to pass a resolution first is to get people committed without having to provide details. You know...kind of like that Obama Care thing...we will read it after we sign it into law.

  • Irwin Fletcher
    Irwin Fletcher 2 days ago

    First you have to convince people to care about today and themselves before they will ever care about future generations. Do u think someone who sticks a cigarette in their mouth every ten mins cares about the health of other people? in the future?

  • rbodell
    rbodell 3 days ago

    In short ....... STONE AGE

  • pussyfoot productions

    Let's start with giving up our air conditioning. 😂

  • TJ Marochak
    TJ Marochak 3 days ago

    The green new deal is the biggest joke I have ever seen. Even with unlimited funding there is no way the US, let alone the entire would will be 0 emissions by 2050. I am all for improving the world and developing better sources of renewable energy, but the goals and timeline suggested in the GND is laughable. Its so laughable I can't even take it seriously.

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

      NET zero. Not just zero. Obviously we breathe out co2, so carbon sinks are very important. The govt. Could hire people to clean the oceans and restore the forests. It wouldnt be the first time since the original new deal did something similar during the dust bowl. Before that, our agricultural sector almost turned this country into a wasteland.

  • mateusz sliwinski
    mateusz sliwinski 3 days ago

    I don`t understand the idea. They propose to change a system of capitalism and give money a poor people and colour people? Why coloured people? All we are equel, yes? A White peopole can`t be poor?
    Secend, whe had that great idea. It was named socialism. It didn`t work...

  • Two Words For You
    Two Words For You 3 days ago

    Lol electric car are good for the environment Idk if they know how they get lithium for the batteries that power the electric vehicles or how they would power all these electric cars without coal

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

      Its not just about cars, especially as our biggest polluters are not individuals, but rather the military and big business. Yes, a large part of r&d will be battery advancements, but boiling the gnd down to electric cars is silly and dishonest.

  • Two Words For You
    Two Words For You 3 days ago +1

    This is just to implement socialism nothing more nothing less

    • christian penchev
      christian penchev 3 days ago +1

      The bill lists a plan that is impossible to do. It's sad that people actually support it.

  • 2030 Aries
    2030 Aries 3 days ago

    This old people in power doesn’t care about the future they only care about the their position their money ,one day they will be held responsible for everything

    • Berg the 89th
      Berg the 89th Day ago

      If you can come up with $90,000,000,000,000 plus, then maybe they’ll listen.

  • limited edition
    limited edition 3 days ago +1

    what if Mars was once a civilization like us, but couldn’t save their planet. Earth could be Mars in no time. and yet we still haven’t learned our lesson.

    • israel24961
      israel24961 Day ago

      Did they make it's magnetic field weaker?
      Climate change at that extreme is impossible. It's impossible to stop, as a flood or an earth quake. I would rather live all the day with an air mask than seeing people starving on the streets.

  • hogan279
    hogan279 3 days ago +1

    when these rich clowns start riding there bike to work, then I might listen.

  • That1lameguy
    That1lameguy 3 days ago

    Hmm. Maybe there is some serious truth in this.

  • Omar Desouky
    Omar Desouky 4 days ago

    Decrease military spending and its easily doable.

    • Brian
      Brian 28 minutes ago

      Even if we raised 10 times the current amount of military spending it wouldn’t even cover 1/3 of the total cost of this plan.

    • christian penchev
      christian penchev 3 days ago

      What? Are you delusional?

  • Clyde Barrow
    Clyde Barrow 4 days ago

    Explain what. This deal won’t stop global warming. We need a better one not made by a bunch of fired up millennials who turn on each other

  • Nikita Evdokimov
    Nikita Evdokimov 4 days ago +12

    US Government be like:
    - Money for weapons/army/defense/wars - sure, here you are, take some more
    - Money for Green New Deal - sorry, we have no money to pay for it (6:37)

    I think we all know what they should do to find the money for Green New Deal

    • Brian
      Brian 27 minutes ago

      Even if we took 100% of military discrepancy spending it wouldn’t even cover 1/10 of the net cost of the GND over 10 years.

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 13 hours ago

      @Jacob Newpher why would you think it's an either/or? **multitasking is equipped**

    • Jacob Newpher
      Jacob Newpher 19 hours ago

      Its about implementing socialism and not climate change

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

      That is actually what the green party proposed in its gnd document before the dems started thinking it was a good idea nearly a decade later.

  • Drew Williams
    Drew Williams 4 days ago

    They have no way of paying for this plan, and they don't even have a plan. As a scientist the evidence for this isn't even totally understood. And if this problem exists then it must be a global effort. It can't just be America.

  • Travis Burchell
    Travis Burchell 4 days ago

    😑 boo green new deal.

  • Sw33tpotatofri3z
    Sw33tpotatofri3z 4 days ago +1

    "The interesting thing about the green new deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all.. do you guys think of it as a climate thing? because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." -- Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the U.S. Representative from New York's 14th congressional district representing portions of The Bronx and Queens in New York City.

  • Chris topher
    Chris topher 4 days ago +1

    0 emissions is impossible, but carbon neutral or carbon negative could happen by still using airplanes and cars but growing a shitload of algae or some other type of carbon sink and burying it

  • Flying Steel
    Flying Steel 4 days ago


  • Eugene Eugene
    Eugene Eugene 4 days ago

    Ohh God lol 😭🤣

  • David Aboud
    David Aboud 5 days ago

    You all realize a study by Finnish and Japanese academics found no evidence of man made climate change. Just saying!!!

  • kb csDJvno \]][,.
    kb csDJvno \]][,. 5 days ago +10

    “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Do you
    guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
    ---Saikat Chakrabarti May 2019

    • Andrew Cole
      Andrew Cole Day ago

      Yes ... hence the NEW DEAL part of "Green New Deal." The original intent was for it to be a NEW New Deal, providing literally uncountable jobs (hence changing the entire economy, like FDR did with the New Deal), and stopping climate change at the same time.
      This is a weak talking point.

  • kb csDJvno \]][,.
    kb csDJvno \]][,. 5 days ago +4

    “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Do you
    guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
    ---Saikat Chakrabarti May 2019

  • sam johnson
    sam johnson 5 days ago

    Anyone else notice the chart was linear before and after the discovery of fossil fuels. Smh.

  • c a t
    c a t 5 days ago +7

    A UBI will be EXTREMELY important in handling the Green New Deal. Not every worker get into a new job quick enough, and a better social security net is necessary here.

  • Michele Gambacorta
    Michele Gambacorta 5 days ago +6

    Everybody is always ready to say "let's cut emissions!" but no one wants to give up on the last smartphone.
    The cleanest energy that exist is the one you do not use.

  • keisham michael
    keisham michael 5 days ago

    Green new deal is nothing but a socialist agenda to make themselves rich.

  • John Pixelty
    John Pixelty 5 days ago

    Is this the comment section where all tree-huggers meet? Hello tree huggers

  • Aisling
    Aisling 5 days ago +4

    Let's shut this down.
    If countries don't work together, America would waste money on nothing.

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

      @Aisling money=value, so if you don't think a 2-birds-with-one-stone plan for economic growth and environmental sustainability, what could you possibly value? I guess you don't value education either since you are attacking with an ad homenim instead of an evidence-based argument. ;)

    • Aisling
      Aisling 2 days ago

      @Eagle-winged Turtle You don't seem to know how both governments and the environment work, do you?

    • Eagle-winged Turtle
      Eagle-winged Turtle 2 days ago

      What happened to American Exceptionalism? The world has been following America's example for decades, except now we lag behind developed and undeveloped nations in nearly all of our policies. If anything we are holding the rest of the world back because we spend all our money on a military that is a major contributor to both global warming and the world's suffering under imperialist policies.

    • TJ Marochak
      TJ Marochak 3 days ago

      Thank you! this is the only meaningful post I've seen. The US is just a part of the world emissions. And the rest of the world will not follow suit, its impossible. As long as fossil fuels are available and cheap they will be used.

  • Pepins Spot
    Pepins Spot 6 days ago

    We're f*cked.

  • Jonathan Shirman
    Jonathan Shirman 6 days ago

    Wait so the scientists were wrong 20 years ago about what the appropriate temperature is ... but are right now?

  • Average Toad
    Average Toad 6 days ago

    Just invest in fusion

  • gokul balagopal
    gokul balagopal 6 days ago

    Only Democrats can save america

    • Jenn smith
      Jenn smith 5 days ago

      save America from what.....freedom?

  • ken smith
    ken smith 6 days ago


    • ken smith
      ken smith 6 days ago

      algee has many potental human uses chemicaly speaking like oil does

    • ken smith
      ken smith 6 days ago

      algee takes sun light makes sugers and protines from salts it dosnt heat up it stores that energy chemicaly

    • ken smith
      ken smith 6 days ago

      Loss of Algee will in all rational logic be drastic Acclrating event its are planets biggest co2 converter by suface area of the globe

    • ken smith
      ken smith 6 days ago

      Algee is light depent algee dies without light plasic in are oceans abosrbes light thus blocks light from algee
      Algee is effected by tempture the ocean water heats up algee dies
      Algee breaths co2 exhales o2 like trees
      more of the earth is a envorment for algee then tree leaves
      loss of liveable space for algee is a bigger loss of co2 converting life forms then can be lost from land
      smog abosrbes light it becomes heat
      plasic abosrbes light becomes heat
      both add to the green house gas effect by abosrbing rather then reflecting
      citys are heated by smog
      plasic absorbs light increasing the light abosrbed by ocean water thus acts like smog does across the water surface
      algee under the plasic layer dies from light loss
      algee in the plasic layer dies from heat
      the depth of algee seems constraned to the depth of plasic 10-20 feet in are oceans

    • ken smith
      ken smith 6 days ago

      Algee Lossages?

  • Brandon Liao
    Brandon Liao 6 days ago +4

    *Smokes a cigarette*
    "zeRo CArbOn eMiIssiOns!"

  • gwho
    gwho 6 days ago +3

    Everyone posting here actually thinks the green new deal will work, and it's just too expensive.
    No, it's too expensive AND it won't work.

    • Brian
      Brian 23 minutes ago

      Juniyuni You do realize that most 100% renewable by 2050 published scientific studies evaluate the cost of transition between $12 and $25 trillion?
      Here’s the thing those studies focus on electricity transitions and some include transportation conversion.
      The GND includes a much much larger scope and 1/3 the timeframe for completion.
      At $600 billion over 10 years that’s only $6 trillion, less than 1/2 the average of 100% renewable studies by 2050 focusing on electricity transitions.
      Your argument is not effective solely based on math...

    • Brian
      Brian 4 days ago

      Juniyuni Even $6 trillion dollars over 10 years is less than 1/2 of cost estimates for 100% renewable by 2050.
      These cost estimates are from published scientific studies on energy transitions focused solely on electrical generation and transportation.

    • Jenn smith
      Jenn smith 5 days ago

      since according to the socialists we're all gonna be dead in 12 years, why do we need a green new deal?
      why not spend the money on a 12 year party?

    • Juniyuni
      Juniyuni 6 days ago

      okay I'll go tell my kids that we couldn't save the world cause it's too expensive, But hey we got a military budget of 600 billion, ain't that cool?

    • James Kirkpatrick
      James Kirkpatrick 6 days ago

      cool, what is your thinking behind that?

  • Kanishka Sihare
    Kanishka Sihare 6 days ago +2

    Then what is the solution?
    If this initiative has too many set-backs then how are we going to fight against what's coming?

    • Jenn smith
      Jenn smith 5 days ago

      @Kanishka Sihare
      what are you trying to solve?
      give me a scientific problem statement to discuss.

    • Kanishka Sihare
      Kanishka Sihare 5 days ago

      @Jenn smith but still there's a threat that needs attention
      So is it not okay to bring it in the agenda?
      To start solving someone has to initiate right?

    • Jenn smith
      Jenn smith 5 days ago +1

      there's nothing coming or happening that never happened before.....relax, it's all just left wing fear mongering to advance their socialist agneda.
      a make believe crisis with no scientific solution.


    We Should Abolish The GOP And Put The Democratic Party For The Next 50 Years And Maybe This Will Become True. Vote Democrat In 2020 So We Could Win The White House And The Senate

  • David Chodor
    David Chodor 6 days ago

    The Green New Deal is exactly what we need-It is an excellent first step!

    • Jenn smith
      Jenn smith 5 days ago

      1st step??? for what?

    • David Chodor
      David Chodor 5 days ago

      @Aisling What exactly in this video do you disagree with then?

    • Aisling
      Aisling 5 days ago

      Enjoy becoming a third-world country.

    • gwho
      gwho 6 days ago


  • pax und peace
    pax und peace 7 days ago +6

    To keep it upfront LA is running a green new deal and put up addtional 30.000 since 2015 in the reneable energy sector more then got lost in coal mining

  • Stephen A. Vinson
    Stephen A. Vinson 7 days ago +17

    As a liberal I knew the Green New Deal is a waste of time. There is no way a conservative would agree to this, and what we need is a little cooperation. They package it in the most optimistic way in this video, but if you actually read it, the first part an inspiring call to action , the second part is a call to major socialism (which they sort of admit). Whomever wrote it wasted everyone's by using it to push a political agenda instead of what it should have been about.. the environment.

    • c a t
      c a t 5 days ago +1

      @John Pixelty No. Emerging economies will find solar and wind cheaper than fossil fuels, especially when power stations havent been built yet.

      And the taxes will be on rich people. They can provide the most income.

    • John Pixelty
      John Pixelty 5 days ago +1

      You are 100% correct. Also emerging economies need fossil fuel to get their citizens out of poverty. This plan only applies to United States and probably will end up with a bunch of taxes on top of what we (the middle class) already pay .

  • Cris Bes
    Cris Bes 7 days ago +1

    Climate change has been happening since day one of the planet - without humans.

  • Gee Eee
    Gee Eee 8 days ago

    First and foremost we have stop Al Gore from using his private jet to fly to EU to attend "climate change" events. Then, we should ask Komyfornya limo-libs to stop using Colorado river water to lush their 100 acres lawns. Good thing Obama is gone and his tribe doesn't travel every two month on a fleet of government 747s to take much needed vacations, so we can cross that off the list.
    Now for the "green" and the "new"... Maybe Bern can downsize a bit from his "modest" houses. And don't get me started about AOC.. people in Bronx... imbeciles ain't got nothing on ya... So by all means, reap what you sow.

  • Actually Ima retard
    Actually Ima retard 8 days ago +4

    This channel is cancer.

  • Trey Tucker
    Trey Tucker 8 days ago

    F. Green deal

  • George George
    George George 8 days ago +13

    if this deal would get through this would make the USA really great again! wau, I haven't been impressed by anything that US policies had to offer for the past....100 years. This is as exciting as it gets in politics.

    • Nikolay Essani
      Nikolay Essani 6 days ago +1

      Soo, racial equality and women's rights wasn't good enough for you?

  • Angel
    Angel 8 days ago +9

    Bill Gates has a solution to global warming that looks promising. He's pulling carbon dioxide right out of the sky.

    • Yek Xi
      Yek Xi 5 days ago

      Either you're grossly misquoting bill gates or Bill gates is wrong 😂 climate change doesn't work like that