Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, who fought in New Hampshire on Monday, said it is a "lie" for critics to say that the Green New Deal is too expensive to implement.
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"This is the lie that is happening right now," Booker Fox News told Nashua, NH, as he fought in the former primary state.
The New Jersey Senator was asked about the cost of the Green New Deal supported by the New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives, aiming to implement a number of major state programs, while pursuing a level of "net zero greenhouse gas emissions" ̵
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that it cost nearly $ 2,000 a year. opportunity for the New York City Housing Authority for switching to LED lighting that lasts longer and consumes less energy than incandescent bulbs. Asked about this report, Booker said it is possible to "revive your economy and create a bold green future", referring to his experience as mayor of Newark, N.J.
"We built up our buildings environmentally, saving taxpayers' money, creating jobs for our community and lowering our carbon footprint," Booker said.
He added, "This lie being released – somehow green and responsible for the environment means you have to hurt the economy – a lie."
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The Green New Deal is a sweeping proposal designed to tackle income inequality and climate change at the same time. It is modeled after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal package of public works programs and projects created to help the economy during the Great Depression – but in many ways goes much further.
The rollout itself was confused by the release of Ocasio-Cortez documents, which among other things promised financial security even for the "unwilling" to work.
The plan itself aims to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from industry and agriculture and dramatically expand energy sources to meet 100 percent of power consumption through renewable sources. The proposal also requires a job guarantee program and universal health care.
Republican critics have sharply pushed back to the proposal and partly point to the price tag – estimated to be about $ 7 trillion. The Republicans have also rejected the job guarantee idea, called it a "deeply defective policy" that would be detrimental to small businesses.
Fox News & # 39; Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.