AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained Thursday why she had not been named on the House's new select committee on climate change by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stressing it was not a "snub", but rather that she turned down an offer for a position.

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey say the plan will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, setting a high bar for Democrats who plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said.

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

Nearly every major new economic initiative proposed by Democrats - the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, debt-free college - has a common feature: Unlike most current social programs, it would benefit younger Americans at the expense of older Americans.

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

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday. That's because her plan is a document full of farfetched and unreasonable demands.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and the shift away from fossil fuel use, including through guarantees of healthcare, jobs, and jobs training.

Even so, the Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by former President Barack Obama. Pelosi wants this panel to work on educating people on the issue; she has already said it won't write any bills, at least not in this session.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who appeared to brush off the resolution as a "green dream" the day before, welcomed the "enthusiasm" with which Democrats were engaging in pushing the framework. Ed Markey, a Democrat, is broad and light on specifics, and seen more as a roadmap for overhauling the economy than a concrete piece of legislation.

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

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals". Other initial co-sponsors include Democratic Reps.

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin.

One critical factor will be the buy-in of President Donald Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, as is seen by Democrats as the world's most prominent climate-change denier. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the US economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.

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