2020 Dem candidate Buttigieg endorses Green New Deal

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday he endorses the Green New Deal introduced by progressive members of Congress.

"Yes, I think it's the right beginning," he told CNN's "State of the Union."

Buttigieg, who is the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and the youngest candidate running for president, is the latest 2020 candidate to sign onto the climate change resolution.


Climate change is expected to be a key issue in the upcoming election. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap MORE (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE (D-Mass.) in the Senate introduced a resolution last week that would push the U.S. to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within the next 10 years.

A number of announced and potential 2020 candidates, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMedia complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy Trump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory BookerBass 'hopeful' on passing police reform: 'Republicans that I am working with are operating in good faith' Progressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.J.), have endorsed the resolution. 

However, the resolution has also earned bipartisan pushback from critics who say it would be expensive and practically infeasible. 

Buttigieg on Sunday called the plan a "framework" and "more a plan than a fully articulated set of policies."

"We're being disrupted by climate change ... This is a national emergency," he said. "I think the elegance from a policy perspective of the concept of the Green New Deal is it matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent."