Nancy Pelosi Slights Green New Deal: 'Green Dream or Whatever'

Olive Hawkins
February 7, 2019

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers remarks in her costume as a bodega cat while she attends the "Halloween with Alexandria" event at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, U.S., October 31, 2018.

The resolution marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language onto the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs.

While the Green New Deal would certainly never pass muster with coal-state Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, some of the plan's backers believe it's important to show it has the blessing of the House Democrats in advance of the 2020 presidential elections.

Republicans have been quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed.

"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", she told NPR's "Morning Edition" in an interview that aired Thursday.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.

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The ding by Pelosi comes just as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan. Bernie Sanders, who supports her "Green New Deal" resolution. In addition, it calls for universal healthcare and federal job and training guarantees.

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 would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

"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. Sunrise activists also showed up with signs and banners at a recent event in NY for former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the US carbon footprint by 2030.

Sunrise activists will turn their attention to members of Congress next week and urge them to support the resolution.

"Americans deserve better than to foot the bill for the Green New Deal's reckless, expensive, and unattainable goals", said Oklahoma Republican Representative Markwayne Mullin.

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