Pelosi Excludes Ocasio-Cortez From New Climate Change Committee

08 February, 2019, 00:39 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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Democrats on Thursday laid out a "Green New Deal" that would eliminate USA greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, an effort to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

The proposal calls for a 10-year transition from fossil fuels towards 100% renewable energy across the country, as well as sweeping social changes including new infrastructure, a revamped healthcare system, and a federal jobs program.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said. 'The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?' she said, mocking the democratic socialist's effort.

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".

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments on the select committee came Thursday during a press conference she and Massachusetts Sen.

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.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said.


Pelosi said Thursday she hadn't seen the Green New Deal proposal but welcomes "the enthusiasm" of its backers.

Pelosi has long championed stronger environmental rules, and described climate change as her "flagship" political issue.

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.

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.

"I guess I can understand if someone who has not had a lot of life experience and they're proposing something that's extremely unrealistic", GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado said at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Wednesday.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez's plan. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer. Ed Markey (D-MA), demands net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wages and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

"It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that", Ocasio-Cortez said.

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