Green New Deal Plan

This Federal program is designed to be implemented over a 20 year period. At the end of this time, the United States would emit minimal global warming gases. Everyone who wanted a good, well-paying, skilled job would have one. Much of the country's population would live in walkable neighborhoods using transit, not dependent on cars. Electric cars would be subsidized. Factories would use recycled and goods, not mined materials, helped by a Recycling Corps. Factories would produce goods that are designed to be reused. Virtually all energy would come either from electricity produced by renewable energy, or geothermal sources. Food would be produced without pesticides or artificial fertilizers, much of it in or near cities and towns, and a Civilian Conservation Corps would restore ecosystems. Because of the demand created by this enormous program, the manufacturing sector would be revived, constituting about 20% of the economy instead of 10% today. Public colleges, health care and the internet would be free and high-quality.

The table below is based on data collected by Jon Rynn for "A Green Energy Manufacturing Stimulus Strategy", a chapter in the book Green Energy Economies, from Transaction Publishers, 2014, updated in the article "What Should a Green New Deal Look Like?". Calculations have been updated by Brian D'Agostino. Click on the links for more information and for original sources of information. The number indicates the cost or jobs for a year.

Program Total Jobs Manufacturing Jobs Cost (billions)
Interstate Renewable Electric System
Wind farms 1,260,000 340,200 150
Smart grid & storage 867,000 197,045 85
51% Utility buyouts 20
Building Energy Self-Reliance Program
Geothermal heat pumps 510,000 127,500 50
Solar panels 950,000 228,000 100
Building Efficiency Program 1,224,000 299,200 120
Interstate High-Speed Rail System
Passenger Rail 612,000 91,800 60
Freight Rail 408,000 102,000 40
Urban/Suburban/Rural Reconstruction Program
Walkable Community Construction Program 2,550,000 573,750 250
Regional transit 1,020,000 255,000 100
Electric car subsidies 1,020,000 255,000 100
Bridges, roads, waterways, ports 1,029000 205,800 105
Reconstruct water infrastructure 931,000 232,750 95
Civilian Conservation Corps 510,000 25,500 50
Federal Internet, Education & Health Expansion Program
Interstate High-Speed Internet System 102,000 25,500 10
Build/rebuild school facilities 204,000 51,000 20
Childcare, Pre-K, Elementary and Secondary Education 2,304,000 0 120
Higher Education 280,000 5,600 25
Expanded Federal Healthcare 1,430,000 71,500 100
Zero Pollution, Recycling-based Production System
Recycling 1,020,000 102,000 100
Regenerative agriculture 1,020,000 159,375 100
Green manufacturing conversion 1,020,000 1,020,000 100
Global green new deal (industrial machinery, U.S. contribution) 1,020,000 1,020,000 100
Total 21,291,000 5,388,520 2,000