U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat representing Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District, has reportedly changed his mind on the Green New Deal, and he now favors it.
This, according to The Nashville Post, which reported the congressman’s about-face.
Cooper’s spokeswoman, Brittany-Rae Gregory said in an email early Monday afternoon that she would eventually discuss the matter with The Tennessee Star. Gregory had not responded to our written questions, however, before Monday night.
According to The Post, Cooper changed his mind after hearing former Democratic vice president Al Gore speak on the matter.
Rep. Cooper posted the following statement on Facebook:
I’ve always said the Green New Deal is an important call to action, but it’s not a legislative proposal. Today, the 100% Clean Economy Act confronts the crisis head-on. The Green New Deal is quite ambitious, but its bold environmental goals can’t be ignored. Supporting these measures makes sense to me.
As The Tennessee Star reported in February, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released the resolution that’s become a central part of the Democratic agenda, including backing from 2020 candidates.
The “Green New Deal” resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” towards a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, according to a copy of the bill obtained by NPR. A separate fact-sheet claims the plan would “mobilize every aspect of American society on a scale not seen since World War 2.”
That includes getting all our energy needs from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by “dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s non-binding resolution calls for a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, including “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” and “high-quality health care” benefits for Americans.
The resolution calls for “repairing historic oppression” among certain groups, including minorities, immigrants, women, low-income workers, indigenous people and youth collectively called “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
As The Star reported earlier this month, left-wing activist Justin Jones wants to challenge Cooper for his seat in next year’s primary election.
Tennessee’s far-left groups have wanted a primary challenger against Cooper because they believe he is not progressive enough, according to the Nashville Scene. These groups wanted Cooper to support the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all, but he was previously reluctant to do so.
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