Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced a $180 billion plan to retrofit and fix public housing as part of the Green New Deal, including solar panels. The bill dramatically improves living conditions for almost 2 million people living in roughly 1 million public homes. "Importantly, the working people who have been most impacted by decades of disinvestment in public housing will be empowered to lead this effort and share in the economic prosperity that it generates for our country", said Sanders in a statement. Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and legions of local weather activists have thrown their assist behind the proposal, arguing the Vermont Senator is the one candidate within the major whose local weather ambitions are commensurate with the size of the disaster.
"I don't want you to hear this, because your head will explode", Sanders mentioned in jest to Ocasio-Cortez, earlier than including, "I don't know of any person ... who has had more of an impact on American politics as a freshman member of Congress than she has".
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About 40 percent of total USA energy consumption is attributable to residential and commercial buildings.
Sanders said that the retrofitting millions of housing units would "reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking off of the road over one million cars" and would created 250,000 "good paying union jobs".
The bill outlines how it would create "sustainable communities for families" with a series of grant programs including for childcare, senior centers, clean transit, "healthy food options" and "community gardens". Under the legislation, public housing will receive deep energy retrofits, build community-generated renewable electricity, and upgrade unsafe and unsanitary infrastructure, including buildings' water and electrical systems. However what Sanders' critics miss is that even when it's impractical or unfeasible, his Inexperienced New Deal nonetheless serves a political goal.
In addition to this bill, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and endorsed by more than 50 organizations.