Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the US economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy, signaling its likely elevation as a central campaign issue in 2020 despite President Donald Trump's failure to mention climate change in his State of the Union address.
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Ben Domenech of the Federalist actually wrote a list of ten "most insane" points from the GND, including the elimination of all internal combustion engines, including cars and airplanes ("Good luck Hawaii!"), and refurbishing every single building in the US.
The Green New Deal was put into the media spotlight by a youth coalition called the Sunrise Movement and Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman to serve in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.
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.
An outline of the proposal, backed by dozens of congressional lawmakers and the climate change activist group Sunrise Movement, was released early Thursday by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, Democrat from MA.
In any event, by putting forth an ambitious plan, AOC, as she's known, and Markey are forcing a serious discussion - and that's overdue. Hours earlier, Pelosi said she had not yet read the Green New Deal.
A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources", including dramatic increases in wind and solar power.
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.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained Thursday why she had not been named on the House's new select committee on climate change by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stressing it was not a "snub", but rather that she turned down an offer for a position.
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.
Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. 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". Pelosi said the panel will "spearhead Democrats' work" on climate issues.
While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.
"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Wyoming RepublicanJohn Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment".
Several senators running for president in 2020 were also in the audience and they too maintained an uneasy silence. Those are seen as efforts to reassure allies anxious about shifts in US policy, including Trump's Syria plan.
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On January 25, Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to temporarily fund the government for three weeks. Addressing this by expanding voting rights must be the primary issue for Democrats in 2020, she said.
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