Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, who counsels Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, during an interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" challenged the host after he was asked about one of the points on the list of frequently asked questions for Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, posted online.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, published the details of the "Green New Deal" proposal and a "frequently asked questions" section on February 5, then pulled them from her website on February 7.

Phillips found that the majority of college students loved her proposal - until they heard what is actually in it. Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff said this was merely a draft and that it was published by accident. Another added, "sometimes you need to take extreme measures to save the environment, but I think this is too extreme". "I like that it's gonna push the world forward to where we need to be", another said.

"It's definitely a great idea". "From knowing who's endorsed it and some little things, it sounds great", mused another.

When he told students what, exactly, was in the deal, responses changed. "Today, I think a word like that is the beginning of a debate, not the end of a debate".

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"Anything that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels is really important", agreed another.

The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to tackle climate change with specific mandates, such as shifting 100 percent of US power demands onto renewable sources within a decade.

"Sounds like a reach, honestly", says another student, laughing.

Some of the strongest responses came to Ocasio-Cortez's team's goal laid out in the since-deleted FAQ of giving every American "economic security" even if they are "unable or unwilling to work".

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