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Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change 7 February 2019

Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change 7 February 2019”

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation.

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.

Markey, a veteran Congressman from MA, introduced sweeping climate change legislation a decade ago, which passed in the House but was blocked in the Senate.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us", Ocasio-Cortez told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an interview on Thursday morning. With media-savvy champions like rookie lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alongside Senator Ed Markey, who proposed legislation with similar goals a decade ago, it could force politicians to grapple with the details, just as Senator Bernie Sanders did with his proposal for universal healthcare.

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That's because her plan is a document full of farfetched and unreasonable demands. She said she wants to hear from a newly established select committee on climate change, which will consider options not named in the Green New Deal.

"We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", an earlier version of the resolution's fact sheet read.

At the time of this article's publication, the offshore drilling rig picture could still be seen when visiting Ocasio-Cortez's energy issue section on her congressional website. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

Among the most ambitious components is a plan to guarantee a job "with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States" - and to provide health care, affordable housing, economic security and access to clean water, air, food and nature to all "people of the United States". Nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

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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.

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. They denounced the plan at House hearings on climate change on Wednesday.

A coalition of labor, economic justice, racial justice, indigenous, environmental and community organizations announced support Thursday for the Green New Deal.

The resolution is not expected to pass Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself has suggested the Green New Deal is more of a suggestion rather than a concrete part of the Democratic Party's legislative agenda.

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