Sen. Ed Markey, a co-sponsor of the Democratic "Green New Deal" plan, speaks to MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid about how the legislation will "create millions of jobs in the green economy" and " save all of creation by engaging in massive job creation."
JOY REID, MSNBC: Joining me now is Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the co-architect of The Green New Deal.
All right, sir, so let's just get into the policy of it. You -- the Green New Deal, as I understand it, the bullet points I've got in front of me, 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030, net zero global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, upgrade all existing buildings for energy efficiency, overhaul transportation systems to reduce emissions, and create millions of jobs with family-sustaining wage. How do you do that, and how much does it cost?
SEN. ED MARKEY, (D) MASSACHUSETTS: Well, and create millions of jobs in the green economy, that's what is going to happen. We've already created 350,000 wind and solar jobs, just in the last 10 years. There are only 50,000 coal miners. So, we're just beginning.
This is going to be a mission to save all of creation by engaging in massive job creation.
REID: But how...
MARKEY: And the reason we have to do it is that the United Nations scientists last year said that it's much worse than anyone ever thought. And then, all of the key scientists inside of the Trump administration federal agencies all said the same thing.
So the only person who forgot to mention climate change was Donald Trump in his hour-and-twenty-minute State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. The existential threat to the planet, not a comment.
So we need to mobilize all across the country. We need to put together a plan that will put people to work deploying these new technologies and inventing these new technologies, and I think the challenge is out there, and I think the green generation is ready to politically fight for it.
REID: So, I still want to get you to sort of quantify for me how much it cost, because that it sounds like you're saying federal outlays to sort of spur these jobs sort of the that the original New Deal was like with federal spending.
So, how much spending are we talking about? Give me a ballpark figure.
MARKEY: Well, we don't have any specific prescriptions in the legislation. We layout the principles. But I will say this, that by the year 2100, we're going to have lost tens of trillions dollars to the damage which is going to be created by climate change to our country. And a stitch in time will save nine. If we invest now, we'll be able to avoid the most catastrophic consequences, otherwise the price that will be paid is going to be in the tens of trillions in our country and that will just be a footnote compared to the rest of the world.
So we will have to invest in green technologies, and the federal government will have a role, but most of the role will be played by the private sector, that's where the 350,000 wind and solar jobs are. There are electricians, there are roofers, it's the greatest single blue collar job creation revolution in two generations in our country.