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

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. 'The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?' she said, mocking the democratic socialist's effort. Pelosi also named the nine Democratic members of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis - and notably left Ocasio-Cortez off the list. Although it is unclear how many of Ocasio-Cortez's fellow Democrats will embrace these specific policy ideas, a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have endorsed the concept of a Green New Deal, including Sens.

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.

Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented plan to reverse climate change and eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions within 10 years, by taking drastic steps that would require transformational action across the economy.

Later in the morning, Pelosi said she had not seen the proposal.

Government can take an equity stake in Green New Deal projects "so the public gets a return on its investment", she said.

The California Democrat did agree to launch a select committee on climate change, similar to the one she created back in 2007, when she first became speaker. As Executive Director Alexandra Rojas explained, "The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation's biggest crises - climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't quite as eager about the plan as the freshman representative.

The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern.

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Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a "Soviet five-year plan".

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals".

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.

Maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have to be satisfied being merely green with envy. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

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

The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.

It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".

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