‘Green dream or whatever’: AOC leads Democrat push for USA economic revolution

Charlene Craig
February 8, 2019

She spoke Thursday, shortly before Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, unveiled legislation aimed at combating climate change and creating jobs in renewable energy.

With a whiff of presidential politics and a rock-star freshman in attendance, Democrats drew an unusually large crowd for the Green New Deal unveiling.

"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.

The Green New Deal resolution unveiled Thursday would provide guidance on the drafting of legislation.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't old enough to run for president.

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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.

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the politicians on Thursday. Ed Markey of MA on the plan, which aims to eliminate the USA carbon footprint by 2030.

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. If you're interested, you can read the full resolution here. It sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources", including nuclear power.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez's plan.

The proposal has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate, let alone being signed into law by President Donald Trump, but has become a rallying cry among some liberals and a lightning rod among conservatives.

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The plan has already gathered 60 co-sponsors in the House and has prompted strong opposition from Republicans and industry leaders who say it's technologically impossible and will costs tens of trillions of dollars.

Congressional Democrats have proposed a "Green New Deal" plan that aims to completely transform America's economy and society within 10 years to combat climate change and create social justice. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term".

They include "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers"; job creation; infrastructure investment; guarantees of clean water, healthy food and sustainable environment; and a curiously undefined "access to nature".

The Green New Deal proposal is named after President Franklin Roosevelt's sweeping "New Deal" economic and labor reforms during the Great Depression.

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

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