Sec. of Energy Rick Perry wants to talk with author of ‘Green New Deal’

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — United States Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor Rick Perry told a crowd at the Houston energy conference CEREWeek he wants to meet with the author of the controversial ‘Green New Deal’ and find a way to reduce emissions around the globe. 

“I think having a conversation about the Green New Deal is a good thing and to do it in a thoughtful and a polite and a respectful way. Just because somebody doesn’t believe what I believe or I don’t agree with their outtake doesn’t mean we don’t need to continue to have a conversation,” said Perry. “If we’re going to be serious about the climate, then we have to be realistic and say it’s the transition over to LNG (liquified natural gas). It’s using our nuclear, using our renewables in a combined way.”

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrust the Green New Deal into the public consciousness. It’s less of a policy pitch than a set of goals. 

It calls for a “new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War 11 and the New Deal,” to change the economy away from carbon dioxide emitting greenhouse gasses in just over a decade. The plan would build structures for “resiliency against climate change-related disasters, such as extreme weather, including by leveraging funding and providing investments for community -defined projects and strategies.

The overhaul would require a change in most vehicles, buildings, and tens of thousands of jobs; also requiring a drastic change in the agriculture, transportation and energy economies. 

The Green New Deal bill does not lay out a specific way to pay for and implement the ideas. 

To read the Green New Deal click here

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