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Earth Day and the Green New Deal 2.0

Today's the 50th Earth Day. And while the Trump administration is using the coronavirus as an excuse to cut favors for big polluters, it's important to remember that Congress can respond to this national crisis while creating millions of family-wage jobs and transitioning our country to a fossil-fuel free future.

Make our planet great again

The transportation framework that I've introduced has been called the "Green New Deal 2.0" and would rebuild our national infrastructure, reduce carbon pollution, and address climate change. I'm dedicated to increasing investments in public transit, high and higher speed rail, and our highway system.

While Congress focuses on the COVID-19 crisis, we can't overlook other priorities to keep Americans safe and healthy. Research has shown that exposure to air and water pollution negatively effects a person's health. For those that contract COVID, the results of that exposure can be deadly. I firmly believe lawmakers can provide immediate relief and craft legislation that will move our country towards a defossilized future.

Even as we work to contain and defeat the coronavirus, we must move forward with goals set by the Green New Deal to save our planet. I'm proud to be on the front lines of that fight with you. I know that we'll accomplish our shared goals, one bold green step at a time.

Happy Earth Day!

Peter

Posted on April 22, 2020.

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

Meet Peter