Michigan House committee approves resolution to oppose Green New Deal

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 09:46:50-04

(WXYZ) — The House Energy Committee in Michigan approved a resolution to appose the Green New Deal introduced at a federal level.

Introduced by state Rep. Matt Hall, the resolution calls for Michigan to oppose the deal. It was approved by the committee, 9-7 votes.

“Attempts to label this mandate an ‘economic stimulus package’ only demonstrate how out of touch congressional leadership is with the industries that keep our nation’s economy strong,” Hall said in a release. “This plan would be devastating to the automotive and manufacturing economies Michigan depends on. Not only will this Green New Deal cost taxpayers as much as $93 trillion, it would also cost many of them their jobs.”

The Green New Deal is a sweeping climate change and economic overhaul proposal jointly introduced last week by high profile freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey.

Among the array of progressive policy aims called for under the Green New Deal are a complete shift to renewable and zero-emissions energy sources, a massive effort to revamp American infrastructure, a federal jobs guarantee and a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

“We need smarter, evidence-based regulatory practices that protect and promote our way of life here in Michigan,” Hall said. “Not only is this proposal based solely on lofty and unachievable goals, it’s patently hostile to traditional American principles.”

The resolution will advance to the House floor for consideration.