Congressman Andy Levin Signs on as an Original Cosponsor of the Green New Deal Resolution

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, a workforce policy expert and green energy entrepreneur, today signed on as an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution and released the following statement:

“There’s no way we can move fast enough or comprehensively enough to address climate change unless we unite all progressive forces. That’s why I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution.

“For over 30 years, the scientific community has understood the need to fundamentally transition everything about how we live, work, play and move about our planet in order to protect life on Earth as we know it. The future of humanity, the future of a multitude of other species and the future of our wonderous variety of ecosystems depend on bold and unprecedented action, which we’re starting right now.

“Unfortunately, we have waited until the 11th hour to take this seriously enough to have any hope of keeping global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, which itself will inflict massive and problematic changes on the planet.

“However, in crisis I see overwhelming opportunity.

“Just as we responded to the Great Depression with the New Deal; just as we responded to Pearl Harbor by mobilizing our entire country and so many allies; and just as President Kennedy said we would go to the moon when we didn’t know how, but landed there a decade later, today we embark on a journey that will reveal once again the unbounded creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship of the American people as we develop the technology, grow millions of new jobs and meet this challenge.

“My primary concern is and will continue to be that the workers most impacted by this transition, along with frontline and vulnerable communities, are seated at the center of the table as we discuss the resources and policies to effectuate the change we need to save our species and our planet.”