Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

The proposals, which have come to be known as the Green New Deal, were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't old enough to run for president. Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal".

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. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term".

While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream". She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations. However, many Democrats including a number of 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for a "Green New Deal". 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.

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The platform outlines more-aggressive climate and socioeconomic goals than sweeping climate change legislation introduced by Markey a decade ago, which passed in the House but stopped short in the Senate.

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet".

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

The resolution marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language onto the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs. Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the US carbon footprint by 2030.

It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible". Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

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