US Democrats unveil carbon-neutral 'Green New Deal'

US Democrats unveil carbon-neutral 'Green New Deal'

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a new climate change initiative on Thursday - and had it swiftly knocked down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi told Politico in wide-ranging interview, however, that it's just a "suggestion" and one of "many" the caucus is likely to receive on green energy.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream". The most visible House Democrat on climate change won't get a seat on Nancy Pelosi's select committee addressing the issue. Ocasio-Cortez was noticeably missing from the list of panel participants.

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

The closest it comes is a provision for existing and new laws to take into account the negative impacts of climate change - an approach that the Obama administration had taken through incorporating the "social cost of carbon" into rulemaking, which the Trump administration has pulled back on. "I think that all great American programs, everything from the Great Society to the New Deal, started with a vision for our future, and I don't consider that to be a dismissive term".

Later in the morning, Pelosi said she had not seen the proposal. Pelosi wants this panel to work on educating people on the issue; she has already said it won't write any bills, at least not in this session.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi before a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019.

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"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said.

Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement that the plan will create "unprecedented levels of prosperity and wealth for all while ensuring economic and environmental justice and security". "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said.

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.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

And Ocasio-Cortez has suggested the nation's wealthiest may have to pay 70 percent in taxes to fund such an energy overhaul, an unpopular message for many.

The ambitious goal, according to the measure, is to achieve "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions", in part by meeting 100 percent of the power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.

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