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

Kerry GarnerFeb 08, 2019

The Green New Deal is an outline of objectives to transition the U.S.to 100 percent renewable energy in roughly 10 years.

"Until they can prove that they are honoring human rights, until they can make a good-faith effort to expand and embrace immigrants, the immigrants in this nation that have always been a part, and have always been a core element of American democracy, until they can prove good faith to an American ideal they do not deserve any resources for their radical agenda", Ocasio-Cortez added.

Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal".

When asked about Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" during an interview with Politico on Wednesday, Pelosi appeared to dismiss Ocasio-Cortez's plan. She and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) will introduce a Green New Deal resolution sometime today, a non-binding bill that provides a "framework" for a public-works undertaking that would dwarf the New Deal and World War II.

The panel, which is charged with examining climate change and steps to mitigate it, will include lawmakers with a wide range of tenures, including three freshmen.

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and the shift away from fossil fuel use, including through guarantees of healthcare, jobs, and jobs training.

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the US economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change.

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. Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.

Ocasio-Cortez's resolution also took heat from environmentalists upset that the means and goals outlined in the document did not go far enough.

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

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