Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change

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Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream".

Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.

Sunrise activists showed up at California Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch last month and dropped a banner urging her to back the Green New Deal.

The measure is now in a form of a non-binding resolution - meaning even if it passes it won't do anything.

Republicans have branded the proposal as a costly fringe policy goal, and many centrist Democrats have not backed the initiative.

Cost estimates for the sprawling proposal range into the trillions. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

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".

While the resolution does not get into detailed policy proposals, possibly fueling Pelosi's skepticism about what the nuts and bolts of the plan actually are, it does lay out the aims of the plan.

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.

On the economic front, the plan bundles together a host of liberal wish-list items.

Labor unions would receive a large slice of the pie: the resolutions would ensure "high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages", strengthen union collective-bargaining rights, and guarantee "a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States".

Ocasio-Cortez told NPR she had "no problem" saying that such an overhaul would be require "massive government intervention". Sunrise activists also showed up with signs and banners at a recent event in NY for former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it.

Several contenders vying for the Democratic nomination have expressed support for the underlying principles of the sweeping resolution to combat climate change, and activist groups energized by the November midterm election wins have been pressuring candidates to sign on as co-sponsors.

Pelosi has long championed stronger environmental rules, and described climate change as her "flagship" political issue. "The goals are ambitious and comprehensive - now the work begins to decide the best ways to achieve them, with specific policy solutions tied to timelines". This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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