Ocasio-Cortez didn't seem to mind Pelosi's remarks on her flagship climate change proposal. "The green generation has risen up and they are saying they want this issue solved" as one of the top two or three issues in the 2020 election.
Recently sworn-in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally lifted the curtain on her "Green New Deal" Thursday; calling for sweeping environmental and energy changes as House Speaker Pelosi dismissed the policy as a "Green Dream". Pelosi also named her Democratic members who will be on the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, with Ocasio-Cortez's name noticeably absent. "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said.
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 backers. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation.
Ocasio-Cortez, who wept as she lamented the impact of restrictionist immigration policy, stressed the importance of adherence to law to justify her opposition to migrant-detention facilities.
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The resolution does not include a price tag, but some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars. GOP lawmakers denounced the plan as a radical proposal that would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase.
Ben Domenech of the Federalist actually wrote a list of ten "most insane" points from the GND, including the elimination of all internal combustion engines, including cars and airplanes ("Good luck Hawaii!"), and refurbishing every single building in the US.
Pelosi told reporters Thursday "there's lots of excitement" over the select committee but noted that any legislative effort "would be a Congress-wide initiative".
The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen.
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At least five Democrat presidential hopefuls in the Senate - Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - co-sponsored the resolution.
Pelosi described the Green New Deal as one among many proposals to address climate change, emphasizing the urgency of the issue while highlighting the work that existing committees have also begun.
The last four years were the warmest on record, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization said this week, linking the trend to greenhouse-gas emissions.
The proposals may once have been dismissed out of hand, and Pelosi's comments indicate the proposal will face skepticism from not just Republicans, but also a number of Democrats. Many of those new federal employees would presumably assist in the 14 major clean-energy-infrastructure projects the plan calls for.
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It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole goal of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.