Advocates Show Support For Green New Deal At State Capitol

Bill Sencio
February 20, 2019 - 9:35 am

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - Environmental advocates are calling on Connecticut to help lead the way to a Green New Deal. 

Gathering at the State Capitol on Tuesday, the advocates said their goal is to address climate change through infrastructure improvements, job creation, and a series of initiatives like expanding the Clean Air Act and phasing out the use of gas powered automobiles by 2040, among other things.

Some, like Claire Coleman with Connecticut Fund for the Environment, say the time to reverse trends is now.

"Climate change is urgent. It's a real emergency, an emergency that we need to respond to by putting all hands on deck and putting forward a comprehensive and visionary path towards a rapid transition to a fossil fuel-free economy." 

Proponents also say that along the way to rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, millions of high wage jobs would be created for the monumental task. The Green New Deal will also seek to overhaul the U.S. transportation system and spur growth in clean manufacturing.