Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘Global Warming Is an Existential Threat to the Planet’

By Melanie Arter | February 11, 2019 | 12:38 PM EST

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) (Screenshot)

( - Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said despite claims to the contrary, his green new deal resolution, which calls for meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the U.S. through clean, renewable and zero emission energy sources, is “absolutely realistic.”

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday, Tapper said Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) - who caucuses with Democrats - and former Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz say they don’t think Murphy’s plan to overhaul the U.S. economy in 10 years with his green new deal is realistic.

“I think it's absolutely realistic, and I frankly think we need to set our sights high. I think there are a lot of people who said that it wasn't realistic for the United States to get a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s when President Kennedy initially outlined that goal, but we did it, and I think we have to set our sights high,” Murphy said.

“I have a 10-year-old and 7-year-old. Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, and so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're going to get close to meeting the mark,” he said.


Murphy and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduced a bicameral resolution on Friday calling for a Green New Deal.

“Climate change is the most pressing problem facing our generation,” Murphy said in a statement on his website. “It is already posing a security threat to our nation, and we are feeling its impacts in real time. We need bold ideas if we’re going to rise to meet this challenge.”

The Green New Deal Resolution lays out the goals and projects for a ten-year national mobilization to:


  • Build resiliency against climate change-related disasters;

  • Repair and upgrade U.S. infrastructure;

  • Meet 100 percent of our power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources;

  • Build or upgrade to energy-efficient, distributed and “smart” power grids;

  • Upgrade all existing U.S. buildings and build new buildings, to achieve maximum energy efficiency;

  • Spur massive growth in clean U.S. manufacturing and remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry;

  • Work with farmers and ranchers to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector;

  • Overhaul U.S. transportation systems;

  • Remove greenhouse gases and reduce pollution, including by restoring our natural ecosystems through proven low-tech solutions;

  • Restore and protect threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems;

  • Clean up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;

  • Make the United States the international leader on climate action and help other countries achieve a Green New Deal.


The Green New Deal also “includes the goals of guaranteeing that all members of society can have a job with a family-sustaining wage and are provided with high-quality health care; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic security; and access to a clean environment.”



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