Since the Green New Deal resolution was introduced early in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), it has been lauded as a bold initiative and criticized for lacking in specifics.
While both observations have truth to them, it is important to remember that the Green New Deal is at this point only a proposed resolution, one that few give much chance even of becoming legislation, much less law. That said, is has already succeeded in its essential objective: renewing the national discussion on energy policy and how industry and the economy get from here to there.
For years, natural gas was widely lauded by businesses and many in the environmental community as the bridge fuel between heavy reliance on coal and development of viable and sustainable renewable energy. Ironically, about the same time that gas actually did eclipse coal as the primary power-generation fuel in the U.S., many environmentalists turned against gas.