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Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

"And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

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.

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) waits for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019.

"This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats' work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis", Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico. The next attempt, she said, will need broader support.

Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal". "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

Any Democrat running for President who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy needs to back Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution.

"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change.




The proposal also calls for moving away from nuclear power, according to a fact sheet on the plan distributed by Ocasio-Cortez's office, which some climate activists favor as a carbon-free energy source. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

The 14-page resolution envisions a shift to 100% renewable and zero-emission energy sources, and calls for the creation of millions of new high-wage jobs to help wipe out poverty.

Markey, a veteran Congressman from MA, introduced sweeping climate change legislation a decade ago, which passed in the House but was blocked in the Senate.

Harris and other Democratic presidential hopefuls - Senators Corey Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand - as well as Julian Castro and independent Michael Bloomberg, have endorsed the Green New Deal concept, without outlining specific policies.

The young New York Democrat called Trump's claim he wanted more legal immigration "a lie", pointing to the presidents' policies geared a reducing immigration and targeting immigrants.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the US economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.


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