Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

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It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution, according to Reuters.

The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.

"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. The resolution includes plans to decarbonize the economy, reduce greenhouse gases, make sure low-income and minority communities benefit, create a federal jobs guarantee, provide universal health care, and make investments in infrastructure. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan. Some proposals have set the goal to converting the entire US economy to renewable energy within 12 years and eliminating the carbon footprint by 2030. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the USA economy to combat climate change.

Pelosi, in an interview with Politico published Thursday, referred to the ultra-left-wing Ocasio-Cortez's environmental deal as a "suggestion". "I do know its enthusiastic and I welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there", she told reporters during her weekly press conference.

Pelosi's reluctance to offer a full-throated endorsement of the Green New Deal makes a certain amount of political sense; for every progressive congressperson like Ocasio-Cortez, there are also more moderate Democrats who need to hold their seats in districts that voted for President Donald Trump or, at the very least, could conceivably flip to Republican in the next election cycle.

But the base of the party sees the proposal as a way for its leaders to capitalize on its new power in Washington.

The freshman congresswoman made the remarks alongside fellow Democratic Reps. The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the US economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Its ultimate goal is "meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources", and a complete transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources.

Harris and other Democratic presidential hopefuls - Senators Corey Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand - as well as Julian Castro and independent Michael Bloomberg, have endorsed the Green New Deal concept, without outlining specific policies.

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