House Speaker Pelosi comments on AOC's 'Green New Deal'

Friday, 08 Feb, 2019

"And right now, we're tackling the legislative piece".

The Trump administration does not believe action on climate change is necessary and is focused on increasing production of oil, gas and coal on federal and private land. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are teasing the ambitious deal and set to unveil it at a Thursday afternoon press conference. The Green New Deal (GND) wants to transition the USA to "100% clean and renewable energy" while guaranteeing jobs with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security and free higher education, healthy food, healthcare, "adequate housing", and economic security "for all who are unable or unwilling to work", among other things.

The image is perplexing given her adamant criticism of the USA oil and gas industry and her promotion of the Green New Deal, a proposal to dramatically transition the country's energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of power.

"We share this priority".

Well, Ocasio-Cortez will need an income after she gets primaried out of Congress, I suppose ...

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.

While the resolution does not get into detailed policy proposals, possibly fueling Pelosi's skepticism about what the nuts and bolts of the plan actually are, it does lay out the aims of the plan.

Ocasio-Cortez's office, however, has since removed "farting" from their fact sheet.

The freshman congresswoman made the remarks alongside fellow Democratic Reps. That includes the ability to subpoena witnesses and advance legislation.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

The proposals launched on Thursday encompass investments to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions in 10 years, shift industries away from fossil fuels, help those affected by the changes, and provide universal healthcare and other welfare.

"T$3 he question isn't how we will pay for it", Ocasio-Cortez' FAQ declares, "but what we will do with our new shared prosperity".

Pelosi was asked Thursday morning following the proposal's release whether it should act as a "useful baseline" for climate change efforts. She said she's spoken with Pelosi about the climate crisis on several occasions and sees her as an ally in the fight. "But I do know it's enthusiastic, and we welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there".

On Wednesday, Pelosi dismissed the Green New Deal as a "suggestion" to Politico, a position that many progressives were previously wary about.

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

"We're here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she added.