Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Another Democrat Just Made Fun of Ocasio-Cortez's Green Deal

Another Democrat Just Made Fun of Ocasio-Cortez's Green Deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to throw shade on the Green New Deal being proposed by progressive congresspeople like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi told Politico.

At least a half dozen Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls have said they would adopt Green New Deal policies, without offering specifics.

The Republican Study Committee pointed out the dichotomy Thursday, shortly after the New York Democrat launched her sweeping environmental plan aimed at achieving zero-net greenhouse-gas emissions in 10 years.

The proposals, which have come to be known as the Green New Deal, were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

The resolution being introduced Thursday marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language to the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs.

Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented plan to reverse climate change and eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions within 10 years, by taking drastic steps that would require transformational action across the economy.

Greg Carlock, a climate researcher with Data for Progress who helped author the Green New Deal, said lawmakers who seek middle ground policies on global warming risk losing youth support in future elections.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. "So, I don't think that this is a snub", the NY congresswoman said outside the Capitol building while advocating for the Green New Deal.

Pelosi said Thursday she hadn't seen the Green New Deal proposal but welcomes "the enthusiasm" of its backers.

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't quite as eager about the plan as the freshman representative.

Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

Ocasio-Cortez's resolution also took heat from environmentalists upset that the means and goals outlined in the document did not go far enough. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible".

One critical factor will be the buy-in of President Donald Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, as is seen by Democrats as the world's most prominent climate-change denier.

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