The Green New Deal is a proposal to make a rapid and comprehensive transition to a decarbonized economy, principally by shifting to 100% renewable power generation. Green groups have promoted the idea for some time, but one version is contained in a proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrat Socialist from New York who was elected to Congress last November.

Ocasio-Cortez proposed that the House of Representatives form a special committee to create a plan on how to implement the Green New Deal with elements pertaining to economic justice as well as clean energy. Instead, Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis whose chair, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL, is expected to take up some elements of the idea.