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As part of the sweeping progressive program to confront global warming, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Thursday held a Capitol Hill news conference to unveil the first plank of the ambitious plan: a bill designed to make housing cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly.
The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would set aside $180 billion over 10 years to repair existing apartments, upgrade health and safety features and eliminate carbon emissions.
The measure would also provide money to electrify all public housing buildings with clean energy, add solar panels, and start powering apartments housing low-income Americans using renewable energy sources.
Ocasio-Cortez said it was no accident that the first legislation to implement the Green New Deal would center on poorer communities in urban and rural areas where widespread droughts, powerful hurricanes and strong tornadoes pose the greatest threat.
"This is how we show that tacking the climate crisis is an opportunity for us to create an economic stimulus and an economic boon not just for Wall Street but for working people," she said at the news conference.
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