Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans

Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday proposed a “Blue New Deal” plan in what she calls an effort to protect oceans and rebuild the economy associated with oceans.

The proposal was influenced by a question from an oyster farmer at the CNN presidential town hall on the climate crisis in September about whether the top tier Democratic 2020 hopeful would support a plan to restore oceans as climate change evolves.

“I said I would, and I meant it — here’s what I’ll do to rebuild our blue economy, protect and restore ocean habitat, and adapt in a climate changed world,” Warren said in her proposal.

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The plan, including its name, would be based on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' Democrat questions new border chief's involvement in Facebook group with racist, sexist posts The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo MORE’s (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill Twitter tells facial-recognition app maker to stop collecting its data MORE’s (D-Mass.) Green New Deal proposed earlier this year.

The Green New Deal demands an overhaul of the economy, increase in social programs and the reduction of carbon emissions by 2030. 

The Green New Deal does not have a focus on oceans and only mentions that they, in addition to waterways, should be protected.

Warren’s plan would aim to rebuild the "blue economy," protect and restore ocean habitats and adapt as climate change continues. 

This would include efforts to fast-track permits for offshore renewable energy, investments in ocean farming, a push to electrify ports to reduce air pollution, an expansion of marine protected locations and an end to all new fossil fuel leases offshore and on public lands.

Her proposal also says she would ensure that all offshore wind infrastructure would be made using domestic supplies and that visual and aesthetic concerns about wind energy structures do not halt projects.

“The climate crisis is too urgent to let the ultra-wealthy complain about wind turbines getting in the way of their ocean views,” her plan said.