Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights offshore drilling rig on congressional website

08 February, 2019, 02:57 | Author: Donnie King
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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.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd questioned the freshman congresswoman about whether her brand of Democratic socialism can appeal outside of her deep blue NY district, before probing about whether the two-party system reflects the diverse viewpoints of the country.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

The announcement of the Green New Deal came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change.

The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released a Green New Deal blueprint on Thursday that offered a number of policy specifics. Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't quite as eager about the plan as the freshman representative.

Pelosi said Thursday she hadn't seen the Green New Deal proposal but welcomes "the enthusiasm" of its backers.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the US through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.




Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation. Will all of the expertise that goes into a Green New Deal eventually include proofreaders?

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate. Pelosi said she invited Ocasio-Cortez to join the panel but she declined.

Ocasio-Cortez, who wept as she lamented the impact of restrictionist immigration policy, stressed the importance of adherence to law to justify her opposition to migrant-detention facilities.

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change while creating thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

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

The last four years were the warmest on record, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization said this week, linking the trend to greenhouse-gas emissions.

It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole objective of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.

Ocasio-Cortez also expressed such hope during her Green New Deal press conference Thursday.

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