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The Green New Deal: The View From Vermont

Environmental activists occupy the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the incoming majority leader, as they try to pressure Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Environmental activists occupy the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the incoming majority leader, as they try to pressure Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The so-called "Green New Deal" is a set of proposals that would tackle climate change and economic inequality at a national level. The package of policies is unlikely to become law anytime soon, but is spurring debate across the country. We're talking about what exactly is being proposed, and how Vermont fits into the national debate around these ideas.

We're joined by Danielle Kurtzleben, a political reporter for NPR whose written about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outline for the Green New Deal and how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the Green New Deal to a vote.

And we'll talk with Richard Watts, director of the Center for Research on Vermont at the University of Vermont.

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Broadcast live on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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