Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

Video Shows Dianne Feinstein Dismissing Kids Asking About Green New Deal

'You didn't vote for me': California senator responds to young activists on Green New Deal

Dianne Feinstein had a heated exchange with a group of middle and high school students who asked her to sign the Green New Deal in a clip that went viral Friday.

The environmental activist group, Sunrise Movement, released the video of the confrontation and tweeted that the California senator treated the group of about 15 young people with "smugness" and "disrespect". You come in here and you say it has to be my way or the highway.

An annoyed Feinstein then tells the group that she's been "doing this for 30 years" and was recently re-elected to another four-year term.

The children responded by pointing to military funding, and then argued for drastic action as some scientists estimate the world has just over 10 years to address climate change before its effects are irreversible.

"Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear". Across the globe, teenage activists are picking up the mantle of climate change, from the Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg - who told an audience at Davos that "our house is on fire" - to the 21 young Americans suing the federal government for violating their due process rights by knowing about the dangers of climate change for decades, but doing nothing about it. Feinstein began, with her arms folded across her chest.

Soon afterward, people who appear to be Feinstein's aides hustle the children out of her office.

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"This is why young people want new leadership in Washington DC", Jackie Ali Cordoba, a Sunrise Movement Bay Area member, said in a statement to HuffPost.

Feinstein told the gaggle of students that she doesn't support the deal, mainly because there is "no way to pay for it".

"Any plan that doesn't take bold, transformative action is not going to be what we need", insisted the chaperone.

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Zuckerman said Saturday the group didn't have an appointment with Feinstein.

'I always welcome the opportunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine, ' she continued.

"We have our own Green New Deal, piece of legislation".

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

The House version of the climate-change plan was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on February 7; a companion bill was introduced in the upper chamber by Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez, newly elected to Congress, is a former campaign organizer for Sen.

The 15-minute video of the impromptu Friday meeting captures the students and Feinstein debating the merits of the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democrat plan to shift the US economy from fossil fuels to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

But those opposed to the plan have shared concerns it would come with unmanageable costs.

Even Nancy Pelosi referred to the plan as a "green dream".

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