Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay Endorses Green New Deal

JUNE 21, 2019


Tampa – The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce our resolution endorsing the Green New Deal and the cornerstone of that project: The Federal Job Guarantee. We believe that the United States government has a moral duty to provide a job at a living wage to all of its citizens who want one. These jobs can and should be directed to secure the freedom of every American to live in an unpolluted environment, provide free healthcare, free childcare, free education, and ensure that every American has the freedom from hunger.

We recognize that the Federal Job Guarantee will have a massive impact in helping close the racial wealth gap, the gender pay gap, and help end many of the predatory conditions that marginalized communities experience.

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL

The Leadership Team of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay (“Leadership”) resolves to adopt the resolution in support of the Green New Deal; and to call upon all elected officials with constituents in Hillsborough County to support the resolutions and the goals upon which they are based.

Whereas, climate change and the resulting sea level rise is an existential threat to Florida’s environment, human and non-human life, and its economy; and,

Whereas, climate change and sea level rise already threaten Florida’s drinking water, property values, and tax base; lead to more and deadlier hurricanes and displace poor and vulnerable communities due to climate gentrification; flood our streets; batter our already-fragile and insufficient infrastructure, and will render much of our area uninhabitable; and,

Whereas, decades of fiscal austerity and supply-side economics have rendered millions of U.S. residents under and unemployed and thus unable to fully participate in serving their communities and planet; and

Whereas, poor and vulnerable communities would be served by policies that ensure a just transition to a zero-carbon future; and,

Whereas, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined that in order to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate the world must cut greenhouse gas emissions from human sources in half by 2030 and achieve net-zero global emissions by 2050; and,

Whereas, poor communities and communities of color disproportionately suffer from environmental pollution; and,

Whereas, the Trump Administration and the Republican Party have not only renounced the national commitment to the Paris Accord but are actively and openly working to increase our reliance on fossil fuels and our emissions of greenhouse gases; and,

Whereas, congressional Democrats have introduced legislation in recognition of the fact that meeting our commitments and becoming a leader in the fight to slow anthropogenic climate change will take nothing less than a “Green New Deal.”

Whereas, Congress alone holds the fiscal capacity necessary to finance a suite of ongoing programs to address the social and ecological effects of climate change; and

Whereas, the federal government is the sole legal issuer of the U.S. dollar and, as such, is not required to finance fiscal expenditures via tax revenues or the sale of Treasury Securities

We therefore resolve that the Caucus actively supports the Green New Deal and urges all of our elected representatives, candidates for office, and members of the public to support the passage of the resolutions and otherwise endeavor to achieve the core goals they set out, including:

  • building resiliency and repairing and upgrading infrastructure, including substantial investment in community-defined projects, in order to reduce the risks posed by climate impacts, eliminate greenhouse gas emissions to the degree possible and guarantee universal access to clean water; and;
  • expanding and upgrading renewable power sources to meet 100 percent of American power demand through zero-emission energy sources;
  • building an energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grid, and ensuring affordable access to electricity;
  • ensuring that buildings in the United States maximize energy and water efficiency;
  • spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and reducing industrial emissions to the extent technologically feasible;
  • working with farmers and ranchers to reduce emissions from the agricultural sector to the extent technologically feasible, including by supporting sustainable and family farming and land use practices and a food system that ensures universal access to healthy food;
  • overhauling transportation systems to reduce emissions from the transportation sector to the extent technologically feasible, including investments in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, accessible public transit and high-speed rail;
  • mitigating and managing the health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects;
  • removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by restoring natural ecosystems, land preservation and afforestation;
  • restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems
  • cleaning up and ensuring economic development and sustainability on existing hazardous waste sites; and,
  • creating a democratic and sustainable full-employment economy through a federal Job Guarantee; and
  • promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal; and
  • financing a Green New Deal through direct Congressional appropriation and independently of federal tax receipts and Treasury Bond sales; and
  • raising taxes in connection with the Green New Deal solely in order to curb inflation and mitigate anti-democratic concentrations of wealth.