Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a Green New Deal to transform the USA economy to combat climate change while creating thousands of jobs in renewable energy. "Its aspirational goals will help our country combat climate change through clean and renewable energy, create millions of new jobs in the process, and safeguard our environment for generations to come".

Pelosi told Politico in wide-ranging interview, however, that it's just a "suggestion" and one of "many" the caucus is likely to receive on green energy. Pelosi also named her Democratic members who will be on the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, with Ocasio-Cortez's name noticeably absent. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the USA economy to combat climate change.

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.

"It's no exaggeration to say that if implemented, the Green New Deal would upend our way of life and destroy the liberty and prosperity that Americans, of all backgrounds, now enjoy", Jarrett Stepman writes at The Daily Signal.

But the "Green New Deal" has many detractors. She appealed to some of the more progressive members with her speech after retaking the speaker's gavel, saying "we must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis". Pelosi wants this panel to work on educating people on the issue; she has already said it won't write any bills, at least not in this session.

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

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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.

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. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

"We leave no one behind".

When asked why she turned down an offer to be part of a committee that will tackle an issue so important to the freshman lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez's reasoning was that it's an "investigatory body".

Ocasio-Cortez's resolution also took heat from environmentalists upset that the means and goals outlined in the document did not go far enough.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States to meet in 10 years, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emissions energy sources.

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