AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub


Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

"Now that this resolution is released, we're taking the fight to districts across the country to build the political and public support for the Green New Deal, and get thousands of organizations signed on to back the resolution", said Stephen O'Hanlon, spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, which has pushed for the Green New Deal and staged protests at the Capitol, including a sit-in at Pelosi's office.

"Until they can prove that they are honoring human rights, until they can make a good-faith effort to expand and embrace immigrants, the immigrants in this nation that have always been a part, and have always been a core element of American democracy, until they can prove good faith to an American ideal they do not deserve any resources for their radical agenda", Ocasio-Cortez added. On Thursday morning, Pelosi announced a new committee that she'd established.

The congressional website belonging to Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vehement opponent of fossil fuels, prominently features an image of an off-shore drilling rig.

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Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet. She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats" work' on climate issues.

The condemnation against Ocasio-Cortez was swift on Thursday as everyday conservatives and right-wing news outlets slammed the freshman lawmaker over the plan. To achieve this, the blueprint suggests to "upgrade or replace every building in the USA for state-of-the-art energy efficiency", among other things. Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.

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Ocasio-Cortez said that the plan will create "unprecedented levels of prosperity and wealth for all while ensuring economic and environmental justice and security.' She calls for a 'World War II-scale mobilization" that includes high-quality education and health care, clean air and water and safe, affordable housing.

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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.

Progressive activists are "extremely supportive of the Green New Deal and think of it as the gold standard plan on climate, and expect their presidential candidates to be treating it as such", said Chad Bolt, associate policy director of Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.

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.

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The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the USA economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.