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Rep. Antonio Delgado Backed a Green New Deal on the Campaign Trail, but Hasn’t Since the Election

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06.12.2018

Antonio Delgado, the incoming representative from New York’s 19th District, hasn’t signed onto the “Green New Deal” yet.

Yet during the height of his congressional campaign, he name-checked the program in front of voters and was tied to it in the media.

In Delgado’s comments to the crowd at the League of Conservation Voters forum in August, he cited the Green New Deal in an inspirational dash of opening rhetoric, which positioned saving the environment as part of an American aspirational story. According to Delgado, transitioning to clean energy is not only the moral choice for the future, but an economically viable one.

“It is very important to understand that we could go to the moon, but what are doing, right now, to save earth?” Delgado said. “Why aren’t we thinking bigger? Why aren’t we challenging ourselves about the next frontier, what it might look like? Why aren’t we thinking of a Green New Deal?”

Now that Democrats are thinking of a Green New Deal, however, Delgado’s name is noticeably absent. A proposal from incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses the Green New Deal as a springboard for rules that would radically revamp the U.S. economy in an effort to fight back against the consequences of climate change and limit the damage already done.

Long considered an idealistic but unrealistic proposal, the Green New Deal has gained traction in the Democratic caucus in the weeks since last month’s Democratic wave election. Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts to get leadership on board with the proposal have........

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