Last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package amid the economic fallout of COVID-19. It didn’t include many of the green measures that environmental groups had been pushing for. Climate-friendly dems were accused of “politicizing” the relief package by trying to shoehorn climate into the bill.
But history says this is nothing new. During the 2009 recession, part of Obama’s stimulus was a $90 billion clean energy bill for things like electric grid upgrades and solar projects.
Policy experts Bracken Hendricks and Rhiana Gunn-Wright speak to how we translate the excitement around a Green New Deal into political results during the next stimulus debate.