..................................................................... (Original Signature of Member) 116 TH CONGRESS 1 ST S ESSION H. RES. ll Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Ms. O CASIO -C ORTEZ submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on lllllllllllllll RESOLUTION Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. Whereas the October 2018 report entitled ‘‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 o C’’ by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that— (1) human activity is the dominant cause of ob- served climate change over the past century; (2) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure; VerDate Nov 24 2008 09:55 Feb 07, 2019 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6300 C:\USERS\WPBURKE\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\OCASNY~1. February 7, 2019 (9:55 a.m.) G:\M\16\OCASNY\OCASNY_005.XML g:\VHLC\020719\020719.032.xml (717120|3)
2 (3) global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius be- yond preindustrialized levels will cause— (A) mass migration from the regions most af- fected by climate change; (B) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100; (C) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019; (D) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth; (E) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and (F) a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States; and (4) global temperatures must be kept below 1.5 de- grees Celsius above preindustrialized levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, which will re- quire— (A) global reductions in greenhouse gas emis- sions from human sources of 40 to 60 percent from 2010 levels by 2030; and (B) net-zero global emissions by 2050; Whereas, because the United States has historically been re- sponsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global green- house gas emissions through 2014, and has a high tech- nological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic trans- formation; VerDate Nov 24 2008 09:55 Feb 07, 2019 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6300 C:\USERS\WPBURKE\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\OCASNY~1. February 7, 2019 (9:55 a.m.) G:\M\16\OCASNY\OCASNY_005.XML g:\VHLC\020719\020719.032.xml (717120|3)
3 Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with— (1) life expectancy declining while basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education, are inaccessible to a significant portion of the United States population; (2) a 4-decade trend of wage stagnation, deindustrialization, and antilabor policies that has led to—
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