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

Larry Hoffman
February 8, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) highly anticipated Green New Deal is here, and it's packed with some very lofty goals.

Earlier in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez said she considers herself a capitalist, which she argued can be reconciled with her Democratic socialism.

"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". Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

Answering critics who call the plan unrealistic, Ocasio-Cortez says that when President John F. Kennedy wanted to go to the moon by the end of the 1960s, 'people said it was impossible'.

While Democrats did not specify a price tag, some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.

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". "As Democrats take a hard left turn, this radical proposal would take our growing economy off the cliff and our nation into bankruptcy".

Barrasso called the plan "a socialist manifesto that lays out a laundry list of government giveaways, including guaranteed food, housing, college and economic security even for those who refuse to work".

"We are going to be pressuring all the 2020 contenders, especially the senators, to co-sponsor the bill", Stephen O'Hanlon, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, a climate change group that staged a high-profile sit-in in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in November which Ocasio-Cortez attended, told CBS News. "Right now, this legislative scope is the only legislative scope that has been presented in this congress".

In a statement to CBS News on Tuesday, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Democrat of Arizona, confirmed that he will be supporting the resolution, after initially being reluctant to back it.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is on good terms with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and won't let climate change divide Democrats.

The proposals may once have been dismissed out of hand, and Pelosi's comments indicate the proposal will face skepticism from not just Republicans, but also a number of Democrats. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

Pelosi described the Green New Deal as one among many proposals to address climate change, emphasizing the urgency of the issue while highlighting the work that existing committees have also begun. Nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Many of those new federal employees would presumably assist in the 14 major clean-energy-infrastructure projects the plan calls for.

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals".

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