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File #: Res 0803-2019    Version: * Name: Creation of a Green New Deal. (S.Res. 59/H.Res. 109)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution in support of S.Res. 59/H.Res. 109, a federal resolution calling for the creation of a Green New Deal.
Sponsors: Costa G. Constantinides, Mark Treyger, Helen K. Rosenthal, Margaret S. Chin
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 803, 2. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019

Res. No. 803


Resolution in support of S.Res. 59/H.Res. 109, a federal resolution calling for the creation of a Green New Deal.


By Council Members Constantinides, Treyger, Rosenthal and Chin


Whereas, Climate change is occurring at an unprecedented rate, and the current trend of warming within Earth’s climate system over the last several decades is clear-the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, sea level has risen, and snow and ice levels have decreased; and

Whereas, In December 2015, world leaders came together and agreed on a landmark international accord-the Paris Climate Agreement-to combat climate change and to fast-track and strengthen actions towards a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future; and

Whereas, Through the Paris Climate Agreement, almost every country in the world committed to work to curb GHG emissions in order to limit the increase in the global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; and

Whereas, In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) released a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above preindustrial levels; and

Whereas, The IPCC report found that human activities have already caused an increase in global warming with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C, and that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052; and

 Whereas, According to the IPCC report, if peak temperature globally reaches 2°C some impacts may be long-lasting and irreversible; and

Whereas, In November 2018, the United States Fourth National Climate Assessment (“NCA4”) stressed that the Earth’s climate is changing at an alarmingly faster rate than at any time in modern history and this climate change is caused by human activity; and

Whereas, The NCA4 projects that the United States will face increased climate instability, annual average temperatures, sea level rise, wild fires, drought, flooding, severe coral bleaching and disruption of ecosystem services, varying across our nations’ regions; and

Whereas, The NCA4 concurs with the IPCC report that the need for action is urgent; and

Whereas, On February 7, 2019, S.Res. 59/H.Res. 109 (“Resolution”) was introduced, a federal resolution calling for the creation of a Green New Deal (“GND”); and

Whereas, Among the goals of the GND Resolution is to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all; and

Whereas, The GND Resolution calls for a 10-year mobilization (“the mobilization”) that will achieve the GND goals and involve numerous projects; and

Whereas, The mobilization would include meeting 100 percent of power demands in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources; and

Whereas, The mobilization would also include transportation investment in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing; clean, affordable, and accessible public transit; and high-speed rail; and

Whereas, The mobilization would further include upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification; and

Whereas, Additionally, the mobilization would include building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grids, and ensure affordable access to electricity; and

Whereas, Moreover, the mobilization would include building resiliency against climate change related disasters through the leverage of funding and provision of investments in community defined adaptation projects and strategies; and

Whereas, Achieving the goals and projects proposed in the GND Resolution would help to ensure that the United States is doing the necessary work to mitigate climate change and its impacts on current and future generations; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York supports S.Res. 59/H.Res. 109, a federal resolution calling for the creation a Green New Deal.



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