Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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

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

Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is co-sponsoring the resolution with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York.

Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with veteran Sen.

Critics seized on parts of the plan, including Democrats" acknowledgement that it would be hard to reach a zero emissions society in a decade because they weren't sure if they could "get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast'.

"Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States".

Pelosi announced the plan to form the select committee last November on the same day that the newly elected Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives protested outside of the leader's personal office in Cannon - an early effort in their push for the Green New Deal.

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

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.

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.

At the same time, Pelosi's attitude toward the Green New Deal also risks putting her out of step with the direction her party is taking on a national level. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

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The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

"We're here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she added.

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. She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats' work" on climate issues.

But the freshman congresswoman from NY introduced a Green New Deal resolution on Thursday that is already emerging as a key policy test for 2020 Democratic candidates.

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.

She also cites Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and the interstate highway system begun under Dwight D. Eisenhower as examples of American know-how and capability. There are specific flaws, too, including the neglect of nuclear power as a potentially important bridge between fossil fuels and the ideal of all-renewable energy.

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".

While Democrats did not specify a price tag, some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.

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