Could There Be a More Radical Green New Deal?

In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.
In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. Susan Walsh / AP Photo
In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.
In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. Susan Walsh / AP Photo

Could There Be a More Radical Green New Deal?

The full text of the Green New Deal, as proposed by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, deliberately links stagnating wages and worsening income inequality to climate change, arguing the global phenomenon is a “threat multiplier” that has “exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices.” The action it proposes is similarly not limited to directly addressing climate change, but includes efforts to address economic inequities through federally guaranteed jobs and affordable housing. Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Daniel Aldana Cohen joins us to discuss the relationship between social and environmental politics and his argument that aggressive federal commitments to public housing are necessary to realize the social goals of the Green New Deal.