Experts on issues ranging from climate change and government to labor weighed in on Thursday in response to a resolution charting the path forward for a Green New Deal. Many expressed optimism and emphasized the resolution’s importance, even as they caveated the extreme measures any ultimate legislation would require in order to be successful.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled the much-hyped resolution on Feb. 7. The document is meant to serve as a blueprint for eventual legislative action prompting a dramatic decarbonization of the U.S. economy along with mass job creation and other progressive initiatives like health care expansion within a decade.

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