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Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change 7 February 2019

08 February 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained Thursday why she had not been named on the House's new select committee on climate change by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stressing it was not a "snub", but rather that she turned down an offer for a position.

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.

A memo from Ocasio-Cortez's office to her colleagues, according to Axios, calls for support of legislation that will set into motion "national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II".

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet. She couldn't even remember the name.

Conservatives were also critical of a part of the plan that called for every building in the U.S.to be upgraded or replaced to make them more energy efficient.

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"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster".

"The Green New Deal seems a lot more like a Green Leap Forward", quipped journalist Jack Posobiec, referring to China's 1958-62 policy of rapid industrialization and collectivization - and the resulting starvation that claimed between 18 and 55 million lives, depending on estimates.

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

"I will not give one dollar to a secretary who does not care about her life and does not care to investigate a child's death", she said to applause.

"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said.

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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.

An analysis by Fox News last month showed at least eight potential and current Democratic 2020 candidates have voiced support for or touted aspects of the proposal - including Sens.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States to meet in 10 years, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emissions energy sources.

Even so, the Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by former President Barack Obama.

Which is to say: the Green New Deal framework combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch almost every American and overhaul the economy. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

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Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change 7 February 2019