Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights offshore drilling rig on congressional website

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the champion of both a Green New Deal and raising taxes on the richest Americans

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the champion of both a Green New Deal and raising taxes on the richest Americans

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.

The Green New Deal is an outline of objectives to transition the U.S.to 100 percent renewable energy in roughly 10 years.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Speaker Pelosi told Politico on Wednesday.

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

Pelosi's announcement coincides with Ocasio-Cortez's Thursday release of "a "Green New Deal" resolution.that calls on the United States to mobilize against climate change just the way the nation mobilized to fight World War II".

The closest it comes is a provision for existing and new laws to take into account the negative impacts of climate change - an approach that the Obama administration had taken through incorporating the "social cost of carbon" into rulemaking, which the Trump administration has pulled back on.

At the same time, Pelosi's attitude toward the Green New Deal also risks putting her out of step with the direction her party is taking on a national level. She did not "consider that to be a dismissive term".

Framers of the "Green New Deal" released a framework for their attempt to drastically overhaul the USA economy and energy system, which included guaranteeing economic security for those "unwilling to work". She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats" work' on climate issues.

"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said. 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. Earlier Thursday, progressive lawmakers published an outline of the proposal which they claim is created to solve "climate change" and "systemic injustice" by reducing "pollution and greenhouse gas emissions" to meet "100 percent of the power demand" through "clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources".

"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".

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

The details left us wondering who wrote this?

Well, Ocasio-Cortez will need an income after she gets primaried out of Congress, I suppose ...

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