Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein

The children were with the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy organization, and approached Feinstein in hopes she would support the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that includes an overhaul of USA energy that seeks to stall the effects of climate change. Watch her condescending response, share with your friends, and CALL her office at (415) 393-0707 to ask her to support the Green New Deal! Edward J. Markey (Mass.).

The students are members of Sunrise Movement, an activist group that encourages children to combat climate change. When they meet her, however, the reception was not what they likely expected. The girl responded that she's 16 years old.

The senator interrupted, "That resolution will not pass the Senate".

"Any plan that doesn't take bold, transformative action is not going to be what we need", a female in the crowd - likely the mother or guardian of one of the kids present - then retorted. I've been doing this for 30 years.

In the video posted by the Sunrise Movement, the kids hold up a poster-sized letter to present to Feinstein, asking her to support the Green New Deal.

The senator asked her age.

Feinstein goes on to explain that she has drafted her own resolution, which she says will have both a meaningful impact and a chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate. "I don't respond to that". "So you know, maybe people should listen a little bit".

"And then you do it your way", Feinstein went on.

"The 85-year-old lawmaker is seen growing frustrated with the young group discussing so-called man-made contributions to global warming".

"You know what's interesting about this group?" said Feinstein, cutting off a girl before she could interject. "I've been doing this for 30 years".

'You come in here, and you say it has to be my way or the highway.

"Great, I will", the teenager responded.

"Okay, I'll tell you what".

Republicans have mocked the Green New Deal as a progressive pipedream that would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase, calling it evidence of the creep of socialism in the Democratic party. In a tweet earlier this month, President Trump likened the proposal to permanently eliminating "all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil Gas & the Military".

Many on social media seemed surprised with Feinstein's comments and reaction to the young activists, saying she did not handle the back-and-forth appropriately.

The video clip shows part of a Friday morning meeting between Feinstein and young activists from the Sunrise Movement.

The reaction online to the video was split, with those on the political left - many of whom attacked the Covington Catholic kids for smiling at a Native American - declaring that Feinstein was being rude to the children who were being disruptive in her office.



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