February 07, 2019
Pelosi throws shade as Green New Deal unveiled: ‘Green dream or whatever they call it’
AOC's been really flexing her muscles and annoying people. Nancy doesn't take kindly to people usurping her role. Her cutting AOC out of the Climate Crisis committee is gonna make her mad. But any attempt on her part to put a horse's head into Nancy's bed will certainly result in one in her own bed -- or something worse.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is set to release her much-touted "Green New Deal” on Thursday -- a package of far-reaching, big-government proposals like health care for all, federal job guarantees and a push to eliminate U.S. carbon emissions -- but it’s already receiving shade from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi told Politico on Wednesday. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”
Pelosi took a more conciliatory tone on Thursday, saying: "Quite frankly, I haven’t seen it, but Ido know it’s enthusiastic and we welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there.”She also named Democratic members to serve on the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, but Ocasio-Cortez was not one of those members. [emphasis mine]
The ding by Pelosi comes just as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are teasing the ambitious deal and set to unveil it at a Thursday afternoon press conference. The measure is currently in a form of a non-binding resolution -- meaning even if it passes it won’t do anything. But it formally outlines the proposal in Congress for the first time and would mark a start on the path toward what Ocasio-Cortez has called "a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100% renewable energy.” Cost estimates for the sprawling proposal range into the trillions.
The resolution, obtained by NPR, says the U.S. "has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions” and calls for the U.S. to take a "leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation.”
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.”
It goes on to say that "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal” is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and "provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States.”
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