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In 2021, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, now the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, tweeted his support for a Green New Deal: “It may look different depending on the state, but with the right approach, it would be the climate and jobs solution Wisconsin needs.”

In a 2022 Senate campaign video about his climate priorities, Barnes did not mention the Green New Deal by name. However, he expressed support for key ideas within the proposal, including transitioning to 100% renewable energy and creating “good-paying jobs by investing in clean energy manufacturing.”

Barnes’ Senate campaign has also been endorsed by the Sunrise Movement, a group that supports a Green New Deal.


Mandela Barnes: Mandela Barnes on Twitter

YouTube: Climate Change: Mandela’s Priorities for Senate

Common Dreams: Sunrise Movement Endorses Climate Champion Mandela Barnes for US Senate

New York Times: What Is the Green New Deal? A Climate Proposal, Explained

Washington Post: In Wisconsin, Barnes reckons with liberal past as he looks to November

Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.