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. Much of the country's population would live in walkable neighborhoods using transit, not dependent on cars. Factories would use recycled goods, not mined materials (with the possible exceptions of silicon and iron). 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 locally and without pesticides. 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.

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. The Green New Deal Plan is designed to build a Renewable Energy System, an Electric Transportation System, a Zero pollution, Recycling-based Production System, and a network of dense city regions. Click on links for more information and for original sources of information. The number indicates the cost or jobs for a year. Note that the cost of a job does not need to include health costs, because the Green New Deal includes Medicare for all; it does not include pension costs, because Social Security will be vastly expanded; and it does not include unemployment insurance, since there will be guaranteed jobs for all. In other words, there will be no overhead costs of employment.

Program Total Jobs Manufacturing Jobs Cost (billions)
Renewable Energy System
Interstate Wind System 1,130,000 300,000 150
Interstate Smart Electric Grid 1,100,000 250,000 85
Distributed Geothermal Network 1,000,000 250,000 50
Distributed Solar Network 1,250,000 300,000 100
Building Efficiency Program 2,250,000 550,000 120
Electric Transportation System
Interstate High-Speed Rail System 1,600,000 90,000 30
Electric Freight Train System 500,000 125,000 25
Distributed Transit Network 1,125,000 300,000 160
Electric cars and electric trucks 2,000,000 500,000 0
Bridges, roads, waterways, ports 1,160,000 232,000 58
Zero Pollution, Recycling-based Production System
Recycling 2,000,000 200,000 100
Organic, local agriculture 320,000 50,000 50
Green manufacturing conversion ? ? ?
Military conversion ? ? ?
City Regional Network
Large buildings in city/town centers 10,000,000 2,500,000 500
Reconstruct water infrastructure 1,040,000 260,000 52
Build/rebuild school facilities 400,000 100,000 20
Environmental reconstruction 800,000 50,000 40
Total 26,545,000 5,757,000 1,540