Framing the climate crisis as both an existential threat and a \u0022tremendous opportunity\u0022 to fundamentally transform American society, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday unveiled a Green New Deal for Public Housing that would eliminate carbon emissions from federal housing, invest $180 billion over ten years in retrofitting and repairs, and create nearly 250,000 decent-paying union jobs per year.\u0022Faced with the global crisis of climate change, the United States must lead the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy,\u0022 Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement.\u0022We can create millions of jobs in this country by actually rising to the challenge of addressing what this crisis is going to represent.\u0022 —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez\u0022The Green New Deal is not just about climate change,\u0022 the Vermont senator added. \u0022It is an economic plan to create millions of good-paying jobs, strengthen our infrastructure, and invest in our country\u0026#039;s frontline and vulnerable communities. This bill shows that we can address our climate and affordable housing crises by making public housing a model of efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency.\u0022The 54-page Green New Deal for Public Housing Act (pdf), which Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will introduce at a press conference Thursday afternoon, was co-sponsored in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and endorsed by more than 50 climate and affordable housing organizations.Natalie Mebane, associate director of policy at 350 Action, said the sweeping plan is \u0022exactly the kind of legislation we need to combat both the climate crisis and economic injustice.\u0022\u0022Communities living in America\u0026#039;s under-resourced public housing deserve to be centered in our just transition to renewable energy,\u0022 Mebane said. \u0022By investing in energy efficiency upgrades in America\u0026#039;s public housing units, we will save energy, reduce carbon pollution, and help to create more sustainable homes.\u0022In an interview with the Washington Post Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez said the bill demonstrates that fighting the climate crisis \u0022is not a jobs versus environment paradigm.\u0022\u0022We need electrical workers. We need construction workers. And it doesn\u0026#039;t have to just be fossil fuel pipelines that create these kinds of jobs,\u0022 said the New York Democrat. \u0022We can create millions of jobs in this country by actually rising to the challenge of addressing what this crisis is going to represent.\u0022Today is a very big day!We’re unveiling our FIRST-ever Green New Deal infrastructure bill!The GND for Public Housing Act will: Decarbonize the entire US public housing stock Improve quality of life for residents Create 100s of thousands of jobs in the process https://t.co/z8h3EPby00— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 14, 2019According to a summary (pdf) released by Sanders\u0026#039; office, the legislation would:Transition the entire public housing stock of the United States, as swiftly and seamlessly as possible, into zero-carbon, highly energy-efficient developments that produce on-site renewable energy;Address the substantial public housing capital backlog by ensuring all public housing is brought up to safe and sanitary condition;Expand federal programs to provide residents with meaningful work investing in their communities;Expand resident councils so that public housing residents have a seat at the table for important decisions regarding their homes; andRepeal the Faircloth Amendment, which limits the construction of new public housing developments.HuffPost\u0026#039;s Alexander Kaufman called the bill \u0022one of the boldest efforts yet to legislate the Green New Deal movement that, since its debut in mainstream politics with a series of protests a year ago, has reframed the global climate policy debate, providing a popular alternative to the market-friendly dogma that\u0026#039;s dominated Western politics for decades.\u0022According to a Data for Progress analysis released Thursday, the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act \u0022would retrofit over 1 million public housing units, vastly improving the living conditions of nearly 2 million residents and creating over 240,000 jobs per year across the United States.\u0022\u0022These green retrofits would cut 5.6 million tons of annual carbon emissions—the equivalent of taking 1.2 million cars off the road,\u0022 Data for Progress found. \u0022Retrofits and jobs would benefit communities on the frontlines of climate change, poverty, and pollution and the country as a whole. Our analysis shows the legislation would create 32,552 jobs per year in New York City alone.\u0022In a statement, Ocasio-Cortez said the legislation would \u0022improve the quality of life\u0022 for all public housing residents.\u0026nbsp;\u0022I am proud to begin the hard work of codifying the Green New Deal into law with my friend and colleague, Senator Bernie Sanders,\u0022 Ocasio-Cortez added.