The Green Party grew from a desire to improve the world’s environment and conservation efforts. It became a political party when active members realized that that desire to make change could be better aided by having members become active participants in the political decisions that govern these efforts.
The U.S. Green Party has developed key values that exemplify its position on these and other political issues. Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on January 25, 2011, Green Party activists vocalized their disagreement with the Democrat’s approach to environmental issues in our society.
The Green Party agrees with the Democrats on one thing: the focus on the issue of jobs. And we are not talking about all jobs like small businesses like JR Dunn or your local designer clothing store. This is more of an environmental issue to discuss when job creation is viewed in light of the energy industry.
In President Obama’s speech, he indicated that he supports the continued use of non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels. The government continues to subsidize fossil fuel industries such as oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy and its derivatives. In the Green Partys version of the New Deal, the government would deter fossil fuel corporations by repealing these subsidies. At the same time it would grow incentives for the research, development and manufacture of renewable energy sources, leading to the creation of jobs in these areas as well.
According to Cecile Lawrence, Ph.D., J.D., rapidly switching to renewable energy sources would lead to an equally fast increase in better paying jobs which would also improve not only the economy but also the physical well-being of the country’s population.
In the Green New Deal, public investment is the only way to create new jobs. By investing in alternative energy, expanding the use of public transportation and retrofitting the existing infrastructure to be more fuel efficient, millions of new jobs would be created.