Campaigning for president in Mason City, Iowa on Friday, Sen. Cory Booker talked about why he supports the Green New Deal plan put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.
The first question I was asked in Iowa was about #GreenNewDeal. The hard truth is climate change has imperiled our planet—it’s going to take bold action now to save it including dramatic investment in green energy that will create the jobs of the future. We can do this. pic.twitter.com/zdU26AjcNN— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 8, 2019
"Our planet is in peril and we need to be bold," Booker said about the proposed climate change agenda. "There are a lot of people out there pushing back against the Green New Deal, saying it is impractical, it is too expensive, it is all of this. If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. God, that's impractical. That ball in the sky? That's impractical."
"We are a nation that had done impossible things before," Booker said. "My parents taught me to reach for the Moon, reach for the stars. Even if you come up short, at least you can be hovering above the ground, you can be soaring. So we need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible."
"We need to push the bounds of human potential because that is our history!"
"When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazism and totalitarian regimes? We came forward! Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan. Our history is standing up and saying, look, humanity is in crisis, America is going to be the light and the hope," Booker said.