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AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub

07 February 2019

Although Pelosi has experience as speaker pushing climate change policies under previous administrations, more progressive members have questioned her eagerness to support an ambitious new climate proposal.

The New York freshman lawmaker was one of the sponsors at Thursday's unveiling of a Green New Deal resolution on controlling climate change.

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us", she told NPR's "Morning Edition" in an interview that aired Thursday. The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the US economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The most visible House Democrat on climate change won't get a seat on Nancy Pelosi's select committee addressing the issue. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".

While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants. "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said.

A "Green New Deal" FAQ page posted on Ocasio-Cortez's congressional website says a "Green New Deal" Would guarantee "e$3 conomic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work".

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change.

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.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

Markey said on Thursday that despite its lofty goals, the Green New Deal has more political momentum than a carbon cap-and-trade legislation he introduced 10 years ago. President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

The broad outline called for meeting 100 percent of US power demand through clean and renewable energy, as well as upgrading "all existing buildings in the United States" to achieve maximum "energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability".

But much of the Green New Deal has been viewed by more moderate lawmakers as radical and unrealistic, who say the goal for America to become 100 percent renewable energy dependent with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years is next to impossible.

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a Green New Deal without saying exactly what it means.

AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub