Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Sunrise activists showed up at California Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch last month and dropped a banner urging her to back the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "frontline" communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use.

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the lawmakers on Thursday.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said.

Ocasio-Cortez was noticeably missing from the list of panel participants.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream".

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it.

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The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Jared Huffman of California, Mike Levin of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Congress to defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at an emotional press conference on Thursday.

The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the US economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.

Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ed Markey are promoting the "Green New Deal" as a policy proposal as one that could become a massive vehicle for cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs in the renewable energy sector.

The broad outline called for meeting 100 percent of US power demand through clean and renewable energy, as well as upgrading "all existing buildings in the United States" to achieve maximum "energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability".

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

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