Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches

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".

"How will you pay for it", reads a frequently-asked-questions document that accompanied the bill."The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit".

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

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. "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.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Congress to defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at an emotional press conference on Thursday.

"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".

Greg Carlock, a climate researcher with Data for Progress who helped author the Green New Deal, said lawmakers who seek middle ground policies on global warming risk losing youth support in future elections.

Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal".

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While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

The Green New Deal was put into the media spotlight by a youth coalition called the Sunrise Movement and Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman to serve in Congress. 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.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.

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.

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".

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