In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has created a select committee on addressing climate change, including several new House members who support bold action. Activists from the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, posted video on social media of the confrontation, where Feinstein said "I've been doing this for 30 years, I know what I'm doing".
"I'm disappointed that she didn't listen to us as much", said 10-year-old Jasia. "So I don't think that working on an issue for 30 years alone is what qualifies as-as what makes someone qualified to solve an issue", Ocasio-Cortez said in a clear dig at the 30-year incumbent. That is what the Green New Deal, brought forward by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasico-Cortez, aims to convert the entire USA economy to renewable energy within 12 years, while also sparking a massive burst of job-creation and technological innovation. And after the awkward encounter, the group shared a clip of the exchange on its Twitter page Friday, as Fox News and other outlets also noted.
The Green New Deal, sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Sen. The proposal calls for a job-guarantee program offering a "living wage job to every person who wants one", a plan to aid workers affected by climate change, universal health care and basic income programs, among other items.
"Well, you didn't vote for me", the senator responded.
About 100 people had rallied outside Feinstein's office Friday, including students from Oakland Unified School District, where classes are canceled due to a teacher strike this week.
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The children tell Feinstein that they are the ones who will be impacted by climate change and she says she understands that and she has seven grandchildren. "I know what I'm doing", said a feisty Feinstein. "But in the meantime, I just won a big election", the senator adds.
"That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here", she says, citing that the deal doesn't have a single Republican in favor of the proposal and "the key to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead".
Feinstein, in response to the online criticism, said in a tweet and a released statement that the children were "heard loud and clear". She offered to provide copies for each child and asked them to review it and let her know if they see issues. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation". That's when the group followed her up to her office.
"I'm 16 I can't vote", the girl replied. Later, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to say that people who accept climate science but don't act at the scale that's necessary to avert the crisis are almost as bad as those who deny the problem exists in the first place.