Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

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.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd questioned the freshman congresswoman about whether her brand of Democratic socialism can appeal outside of her deep blue NY district, before probing about whether the two-party system reflects the diverse viewpoints of the country.

At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep.

The condemnation against Ocasio-Cortez was swift on Thursday as everyday conservatives and right-wing news outlets slammed the freshman lawmaker over the plan.

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

The resolution being introduced Thursday marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language to the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs. Ed Markey of MA.

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.

Before she was sworn into office on January 3, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started talking about the need for a Green New Deal - a sweeping proposal that would radically change the USA, taking us from dependence on fossil fuels to a renewable energy-based economy in just 12 years.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez's plan. Pelosi said the panel will "spearhead Democrats' work" on climate issues.

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.

None of the six attended the news conference, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said hours earlier she hadn't read the proposal. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation. However, many Democrats including a number of 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for a "Green New Deal".

Answering critics who call the plan unrealistic, Ocasio-Cortez says that when President John F. Kennedy wanted to go to the moon by the end of the 1960s, "people said it was impossible".

While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals". The long and short of it: we have a very limited amount of time to slow global warming, for which the USA has "historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions". "There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment".

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