Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal blueprint is released: What to know

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal blueprint is released: What to know

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal blueprint is released: What to know

The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez said.

Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a "Soviet five-year plan".

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream". If that's the case, that means any subsequent "Green New Deal" legislation would have to deal with a major source of methane emissions - cow flatulence.

Rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a "Green New Deal" to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, setting a high bar for Democrats, who plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

And on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen.

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"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said.

Ocasio-Cortez had wanted the select committee to be given legislative and subpoena powers but it was not. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

The document states it is the "duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal", claiming America has "historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions".

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals".

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. House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) appeared to dismiss the plan Thursday as a "green dream".

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

The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of MA are introducing a joint resolution Thursday laying out the main elements of a legislative plan.

It also reportedly outlines the resolution's goals, including the creation of "millions of good, high-wage jobs" and the promotion of "justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities". Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

After Democrats won the House majority in November, Ocasio-Cortez emerged as an outspoken advocate for combating climate change and pushed for the select committee to be focused on formulating a Green New Deal that would move the country toward 100 percent renewable electricity over the next 10 years. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".

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