Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a ‘wartime scale’ effort to fight climate change in a press conference where progressive lawmakers pledged that money for a 1.5 million-strong ‘climate corps’ will be included in Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill.
‘The question is not just if we are going to do it, but how – how big, how ambitious?’ the New York Democrat said Tuesday morning. ‘Our climate crisis today requires a peaceful but wartime scale mobilization in order to combat the climate crisis.’
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who opened the press conference, said he would ‘ensure’ the climate corps is part of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5trillion budget bill.
‘I will fight to get the biggest, boldest CCC possible,’ Schumer said.
The idea behind the CCC is modeled after the first Civilian Climate Corps, created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 during the Great Depression.
It has has similarities to the Peace Corps that were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, where thousands of American volunteers worked in developing nations.
President Biden included $10billion for a Civilian Climate Conservation Corps in his original $2trillion American Jobs Plan, which struggled to gain Republican support.
Ocasio-Cortez outlined an ambitious scope for how far the money should go.
She pledged that half of the CCC’s funds – which could be up to $5billion – would go ‘to making sure that this is not just going to our national parks and funding Climate Corps members to our national parks, but in urban communities as well to face environmental injustices.’
She added that the millions of new positions would be ‘good unio… (Read more)