Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

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

Screenshot of Ocasio's House website.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez's plan.

Her website "promotes off-shore drilling under Energy issues-the very thing she wants to eliminate with her "Green New Deal" that dropped today", tweeted the RSC. It would seem a picture of a wind turbine or solar panel would be more fitting for her internet page.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is seeking additional co-sponsors for the ambitious Green New Deal legislation, which could be introduced as early as this week.

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.

The resolution, which calls for World War II-style mobilization efforts to cut down on the nation's carbon emissions, also originally sought to tackle cow flatulence, which happens to be a big source of methane emissions.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released a Green New Deal blueprint on Thursday that offered a number of policy specifics.

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

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said.

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"T$3 he question isn't how we will pay for it", Ocasio-Cortez' FAQ declares, "but what we will do with our new shared prosperity".

Follow Jason on Twitter. These included establishing an accelerated shift away from fossil fuels in the economy, establishing job guarantees for all American and creating national health care coverage. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

The Trump administration does not believe action on climate change is necessary and is focused on increasing production of oil, gas and coal on federal and private land.

The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama. The United Sates must "respect for the right of human mobility", she said before adding, "because it is a right".

"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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.

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.

The plan has already gathered 60 co-sponsors in the House and has prompted strong opposition from Republicans and industry leaders who say it's technologically impossible and will costs tens of trillions of dollars.

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