Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers want to create a 1.5 million-man “climate corps” that would provide a major overhaul of how the government handles climate change.
Civil Climate Corps members would become locally trained and work with community groups “on initiatives to” reduce carbon emissions and support the transition to renewable energy, build healthier and more resilient communities, implement environmental projects with proven climate benefits, and help communities recover from climate catastrophes.”
The $2.3 trillion U.S. jobs plan would provide $10 billion to enable “put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice through a new Civilian Climate Corps, all while placing good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans.”
At least 50% of the funding would go to environmental justice communities or at least 50% to the Civilian Climate Corps.
The proposed legislative framework of the Climate Corps would “aim to amend the 1990 National Service and Community Service Law in order to establish a Civil Climate Corps, and for other purposes, to help communities respond to climate and the transition to a clean economy,” the bill states.
“What we’re going to do is make sure communities like Flint, Baltimore, the South Bronx, St. Louis, rural communities whose infrastructure was never properly built in the first place, are first in line to rectify the injustices of the past and make sure they get everything they need to thrive in the future,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters after unveiling the bill with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
In 2019, an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation suggested that tax increases only for the rich would bring less than $3 trillion over the next decade, whereas the cost of the Green New Deal would be many times that amount over this period.
The two measures, known as the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan, form the basis of his broad-based “Build Back Better”