Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) highly anticipated Green New Deal is here, and it's packed with some very lofty goals. "Its aspirational goals will help our country combat climate change through clean and renewable energy, create millions of new jobs in the process, and safeguard our environment for generations to come".
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi told Politico. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal".
Ocasio-Cortez also expressed such hope during her Green New Deal press conference Thursday. Ed Markey of MA are introducing a joint resolution Thursday laying out the main elements of a legislative plan.
Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented plan to reverse climate change and eliminate all USA carbon emissions within 10 years, by taking drastic steps that would require transformational action across the economy.
Which is to say: the Green New Deal framework combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch almost every American and overhaul the economy.
Pelosi has long championed stronger environmental rules, and described climate change as her "flagship" political issue. That's because her plan is a document full of farfetched and unreasonable demands. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it.
Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either.
Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Markey, a Democrat, is broad and light on specifics, and seen more as a roadmap for overhauling the economy than a concrete piece of legislation.
Ocasio-Cortez called the Green New Deal resolution just "the first step" in identifying those solutions.
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.
From left, Democratic Representatives Kathy Castor of Florida, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Donna Shalala of Florida listen as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 30.
A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.