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Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What's in it

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What's in it Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What's in it
Kristine Garrett | 08 February, 2019, 01:55

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, unveiled her Green New Deal on Thursday.

Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a "Soviet five-year plan".

All of which is to say that Pelosi has this right: it's a nonsense fantasy, not a serious proposal.

"This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats' work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis", Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico.

Although Pelosi has experience as speaker pushing climate change policies under previous administrations, more progressive members have questioned her eagerness to support an ambitious new climate proposal.

This isn't the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has criticized ICE.

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change.

"The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?" she told reporters. Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal". "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps. Although it is unclear how many of Ocasio-Cortez's fellow Democrats will embrace these specific policy ideas, a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have endorsed the concept of a Green New Deal, including Sens.

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez's strongest supporters.

"We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", an earlier version of the resolution's fact sheet read.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan.

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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