Policy - 11/July/2019

American Green New Deal faces gridlock

Political and physical barriers will make it difficult for US Democrats to turn proposals for a Green New Deal in to reality

The Green New Deal for the United States calls for 100% renewable or carbon-free electricity by 2030. The proposal faces not only massive political hurdles, but physical barriers too. Chief among them is America’s ancient and creaking transmission grid. Upgrading it is not an impossible task, but it does require citizens willing to accept new wires and investors confident they will make money. Texas found a way of achieving both, in the process becoming a global renewable energy leader

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