Republicans giddy as Democrats champion Green New Deal

Olive Hawkins
February 11, 2019

The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as improvements in education and affordable housing.

Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, who counsels Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, during an interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" challenged the host after he was asked about one of the points on the list of frequently asked questions for Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, posted online.

"It matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent", Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told CNN's State of the Union.

Trump stressed how "very important" it is that Democrats "press forward" with the proposal.

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Ocasio-Cortez faced immediate backlash for some of the GND's authoritarian proposals-even from interest groups aligned with the Democratic Party's green agenda, such as the Sierra Club. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts). It also calls for upgrading all existing buildings to be energy-efficient.

The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to tackle climate change with specific mandates, such as shifting 100 percent of US power demands onto renewable sources within a decade. "Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're gonna get close to meeting the mark".

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