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House Speaker Pelosi comments on AOC's 'Green New Deal'

House Speaker Pelosi comments on AOC's 'Green New Deal'

"Nancy Pelosi is a leader on climate, has been a leader on climate", Ocasio-Cortez said, noting she will not allow the Democratic Caucus to be divided over this issue.

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

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "front-line" communities that will be affected by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use.

Hours earlier, Pelosi said she had not yet read the Green New Deal. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the US economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.

The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez said.




MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to a primetime address President Donald Trump gave last month about the situation at the USA southern border, prompting her to castigate the president for requesting funding for ICE. She appealed to some of the more progressive members with her speech after retaking the speaker's gavel, saying "we must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis".

She continued, "It is a right".

During Nielsen's heated exchange with Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Texas), which Ocasio-Cortez referenced, the secretary distinguished between a comprehensive family-separation policy that would apply to all migrants and the zero-tolerance enforcement policy, which applied only to migrants who were being prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.

But the freshman congresswoman from NY introduced a Green New Deal resolution on Thursday that is already emerging as a key policy test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Ocasio-Cortez was not among those named to the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States to meet in 10 years, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emissions energy sources. 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? President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

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