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

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Alma Adams react at House Democrats news conferenceon Capitol Hill in Washington

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"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there with the Green New Deal", Pelosi said Thursday at a news conference.

Sunrise activists showed up at California Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch last month and dropped a banner urging her to back the Green New Deal. In the first year of the Trump administration carbon emissions decreased by 2.7 percent, and the United States is leading the world in emissions reduction. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the US economy to combat climate change. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

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.

"High-quality health care" for all Americans.

Ocasio-Cortez envisions the masses deployed in a "Federal Government-led mobilization" not seen since Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s.

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". They denounced the plan at House hearings on climate change on Wednesday.

Nearly as an afterthought, the resolution called for providing "all people of the United States" with "high-quality health care", as well as affordable housing, economic security, and access to clean air, water, "healthy and affordable food, and nature".

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The plan includes reparations by calling to "promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as "frontline and vulnerable communities")".

The resolution will also call for clean air and water, climate resiliency, healthy food, access to nature and "a sustainable environment for all for generations to come", according to the letter.

The Green New Deal "must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultations".

At the same time, the resolution stopped short of demanding the elimination of fossil fuels, as some proponents of a Green New Deal had previously suggested, calling instead for eliminating greenhouse-gas emissions in infrastructure "as much as technologically feasible". The plan outlines 14 different proposed "infrastructure and industrial" projects to meet its objective to "totally overhaul" transportation in the U.S.

Electric vehicles represent just 1 percent of the country's vehicle fleet, and those are still powered by coal and natural gas. The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the US economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposal also calls for moving away from nuclear power, according to a fact sheet on the plan distributed by Ocasio-Cortez's office, which some climate activists favor as a carbon-free energy source.

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