Indigenous Environmental Network response to Green New Deal resolution

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Green New Deal intention applauded, but falls short in protecting Indigenous communities

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Indigenous Environmental Network

Yesterday, February 7, 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., each introduced a resolution called a "Green New Deal" — in hopes to generate a massive climate policy package that will set the United States on a path to addressing climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to view and download IEN’s FULL assessment of the main problems it sees in the current language of the Green New Deal.

What follows is the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) Press Statement:

“While we applaud the Green New Deal resolution for its intention and scope, we remain concerned that unless some changes are made, the resolution will leave the door open to incentives and critical loopholes to be used by industries and governments to continue causing harm to Tribes and Indigenous communities. Furthermore, as our communities who live on the frontlines of the climate crisis and dirty energy development have been saying for generations, the most impactful and direct way to address the problem is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. We can no longer leave any options for the fossil fuel industry to determine the economic and energy future of this country.

This resolution could allow direct subsidies towards nuclear power, waste and biomass incinerators, fracked gas, large hydroelectric dams, and clean coal technologies. Net zero emissions inherently imply that the reduction of carbon emissions can be achieved through carbon pricing systems and techno-fixes.

We recognize Representative Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey’s efforts to help Indigenous communities protect their homelands, rights, sacred sites, waters, air, and bodies from further destruction and hope to be constructive partners in actualizing the goal of generating radical change in the fight to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth.

Download IEN GND Talking Points-PDF
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Learn more:

Indigenous Principles of Just Transition
Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance


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