WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Resources for the Future (RFF) released a new installment of Resources Radio: “A Lawmaker's Take on the Green New Deal, with Former Congressman Phil Sharp.”
Hosts Kristin Hayes and Daniel Raimi team up to interview Phil Sharp, former Indiana congressman, former president of RFF, and current non-resident fellow at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy. They ask Phil to share his thoughts on the Green New Deal—the ambitious set of proposals aimed at tackling climate change, inequality, and more. Phil gives his take on the pros and cons of the approach from a political perspective, as well as shares his broader thoughts about the ability of our political system to deal with big, complex challenges like climate change.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “[The Green New Deal] articulates a deep sense of urgency about [cutting emissions]. It also posits the idea that this is not a trade-off that has to be yes or no on the economy. In other words, that we can pursue economic and social goals and clean up and deal with this.”—Phil Sharp (9:24)
- “And so [the Green New Deal] is recognizing what frankly scholars at RFF and elsewhere have been pointing out, that wisely crafted policy actually can have many economic pluses and it's not all economic minuses. It may hurt certain places but it's not going to hurt universally our ability to prosper and to share in the wealth in this country.”—Phil Sharp (10:07)
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