A sweeping package of climate-change measures unveiled Thursday by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew a tepid response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who didn't explicitly throw her support behind the measure.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
Ocasio-Cortez's comments on the select committee came Thursday during a press conference she and Massachusetts Sen.
Advocacy of stronger environmental laws has been an important part of the agenda of Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and other progressives in the new Congress. Hundreds of young activists stormed Pelosi's office after Democrats won the House in November and were briefly joined by Ocasio-Cortez in a live-streamed protest to demand passage of a radical plan to fight climate change. "That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis". She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term". She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.
Framers of the "Green New Deal" released a framework for their attempt to drastically overhaul the US economy and energy system, which included guaranteeing economic security for those "unwilling to work".
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appeared to brush off the resolution as a "green dream" the day before, welcomed the "enthusiasm" with which Democrats were engaging in pushing the framework.
"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said.
"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster". Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado. Without addressing how effective are Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's solutions, they're most likely to reveal themselves not through force, but thanks to prosperity that provides people with the means to alter their driving habits, use of electricity versus solar, along with how they eat, travel, dispose of trash, and seemingly everything else.
The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.
"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wages 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.