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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the champion of both a Green New Deal and raising taxes on the richest Americans

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Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is on good terms with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and won't let climate change divide Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed the proposal Wednesday, saying, "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

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.

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.

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

There was a call for more public transportation, electric vehicles, and high-speed rail, and giving the public "appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment".

Ocasio-Cortez called the Green New Deal resolution just "the first step" in identifying those solutions.

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) waits for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019.

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She said the goals will be accomplished through a 10-year plan of industrial and infrastructure projects. Pelosi also named the nine Democratic members of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis - and notably left Ocasio-Cortez off the list.

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.

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet".

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who represents parts of Queens and The Bronx, is calling for the federal government to launch a World War II-like mobilization on a "Green New Deal" environmental plan that would reduce carbon emissions, remake the economy and reduce income equality.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

The 14-page resolution envisions a shift to 100% renewable and zero-emission energy sources, and calls for the creation of millions of new high-wage jobs to help wipe out poverty.

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

"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. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

"This is such a watershed moment", Ocasio-Cortez said, expressing excitement about congressional efforts to tackle climate change.

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