Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal
- Author: Joe Gonzales Feb 08, 2019,
Feb 08, 2019, 0:40
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) excluded democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) from serving on the new climate change committee on Thursday, as she announced the Democratic members who will serve on the committee.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said.
At least a half dozen Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls have said they would adopt Green New Deal policies, without offering specifics.
Pelosi's announcement coincides with Ocasio-Cortez's Thursday release of "a "Green New Deal" resolution.that calls on the United States to mobilize against climate change just the way the nation mobilized to fight World War II".
Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented plan to reverse climate change and eliminate all USA carbon emissions within 10 years, by taking drastic steps that would require transformational action across the economy.
The government can take an equity stake in Green New Deal projects "so the public gets a return on its investment", she added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appeared to brush off the resolution as a "green dream" the day before, welcomed the "enthusiasm" with which Democrats were engaging in pushing the framework.
But Ocasio-Cortez didn't seem to mind Pelosi's remarks on her flagship climate change proposal, much less calling it by the wrong name.
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".
While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.
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.
"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster". Without addressing how effective are Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's solutions, they're most likely to reveal themselves not through force, but thanks to prosperity that provides people with the means to alter their driving habits, use of electricity versus solar, along with how they eat, travel, dispose of trash, and seemingly everything else.
"We leave no one behind".
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.