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Ocasio-Cortez Begins to Sketch Out Details of ‘Green New Deal’

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'
Sandra Phillips | 07 February, 2019, 23:26

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"Next week, we plan to release a resolution that outlines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal", according to a letter the New York Democrat sent to colleagues. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.

"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said.

The resolution, which was posted on NPR, came hours before a Thursday afternoon press conference featuring Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Markey.

Progressive activists are "extremely supportive of the Green New Deal and think of it as the gold standard plan on climate, and expect their presidential candidates to be treating it as such", said Chad Bolt, associate policy director of Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group.

Ocasio-Cortez said the House version had more than 60 co-sponsors, including Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".

Ocasio-Cortez had wanted the select committee to be given legislative and subpoena powers but it was not.

Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. However, many Democrats including a number of 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for a "Green New Deal". Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

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Maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have to be satisfied being merely green with envy.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

The House resolution has nine co-sponsors and climate champion Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA will introduce companion legislation in the Senate, according to the letter.

The freshman congresswoman made the remarks alongside fellow Democratic Reps.

Since arriving in Washington in January, Ocasio-Cortez has prioritized the implementation of a Green New Deal and, in her frequent media appearances, has emphasized its potential as a means to pursue "economic justice" while drastically reducing carbon emissions over the next decade.

It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible".

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". Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

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