The whole concept of “Green New Deal” is watered down here.
The New Deal was about wealth distribution, income distribution, and real economic power, about empowering the working class against the malefactors of great wealth. It did not go far enough but it went far enough to make a real difference to millions of people for several generations. It’s pretty much all been lost now after 40-plus years of neo-liberalism since Reagan.
A “Green New Deal” worthy of the name simultaneously embodies the class warfare that enabled the first New Deal, and rolls in ecological economic transition as well.
The class warfare part is [intentionally] lost when tools like Cuomo drop it from their proposals and propaganda. We should not fall for it. We need a NEW DEAL, in the original meaning. We need to STOP the looting class from defining everything. WE need to define how the economy works for us… and for the Earth, which is the “Green” part of the phrase.
Such a program needs to be national, and global, in scale. NY State can’t pull off anything like realignment of economic class forces.