Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches HERE'S THE DEAL: Cortez Unveils 'Green New Deal,' Pelosi SLAMS as 'Green Dream or Whatever'
Frank Williams | 07 February, 2019, 23:03

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

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) waits for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019. 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.

"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there with the Green New Deal", Pelosi said Thursday at a news conference. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term".

An overview document released Tuesday by Ocasio-Cortez's office, which contains numerous typos, laid out what the Green New Deal sets out to do. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

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

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

Greg Carlock, Green New Deal director of think tank Data for Progress, said lawmakers who seek middle ground policies that fall short of Green New Deal goals will lose youth support in future elections.

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

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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.

"Nancy Pelosi is a leader on climate, has been a leader on climate", Ocasio-Cortez said, noting she will not allow the Democratic Caucus to be divided over this issue.

The 14-page resolution envisions a shift to 100% renewable and zero-emission energy sources, and calls for the creation of millions of new high-wage jobs to help wipe out poverty.

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

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".

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

The young New York Democrat called Trump's claim he wanted more legal immigration "a lie", pointing to the presidents' policies geared a reducing immigration and targeting immigrants.

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