Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era


She said she wants to hear from a newly established select committee on climate change, which will consider options not named in the Green New Deal.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez's plan. She also cites Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and the interstate highway system begun under Dwight D. Eisenhower as examples of American know-how and capability.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and the shift away from fossil fuel use, including through guarantees of healthcare, jobs, and jobs training. The panel is simply exploratory and will be offering solutions to standing committees with jurisdiction to actually draft any legislation that is needed. 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. "Right now, this legislative scope is the only legislative scope that has been presented in this congress".

"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. To achieve this, the blueprint suggests to "upgrade or replace every building in the USA for state-of-the-art energy efficiency", among other things.

"It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that", Ocasio-Cortez said.

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Pelosi was asked Thursday morning following the proposal's release whether it should act as a "useful baseline" for climate change efforts. "But I do know it's enthusiastic, and we welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there". "Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years".

On Wednesday, Pelosi dismissed the Green New Deal as a "suggestion" to Politico, a position that many progressives were previously wary about.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said.

It goes on to say that "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal" is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and "provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States".

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

At least a half dozen Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls have said they would adopt Green New Deal policies, without offering specifics.