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Warren proposes ‘Blue New Deal’ to protect oceans

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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.

The plan, including its name, would be based on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey’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.

Tags 2020 Democrats 2020 presidential campaign Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blue New Deal Climate change Ed Markey Elizabeth Warren Green New Deal oceans

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