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Buttigieg: Green New Deal resolution 'the right beginning'

Posted February 10, 2019 9:46 a.m. EST

— Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said on Sunday he supported the recently released "Green New Deal" resolution from New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey.

Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee last month for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, and his remarks Sunday reflected a growing consensus among much of the prospective 2020 field in support of the "Green New Deal."

"I think it's the right beginning," Buttigieg said of the resolution on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper.

Calling climate change "a national emergency," Buttigieg said the concept matched "a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent."

The recently released joint resolution set out a framework for what a "Green New Deal" would include in order to reframe the US economy and shift the country away from fossil fuels, with an eye to combating climate change.