Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) Green New Deal is getting mocked left and right. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?". She said she wants to hear from a newly established select committee on climate change, which will consider options not named in the Green New Deal. Pelosi said she invited Ocasio-Cortez to join the panel but she declined.
Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.
Pelosi has long championed stronger environmental rules, and described climate change as her "flagship" political issue.
"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us, our country, our world", Ocasio-Cortez said on NPR's Morning Edition.
Conservatives were also critical of a part of the plan that called for every building in the U.S.to be upgraded or replaced to make them more energy efficient.
Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either.
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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. The United Sates must "respect for the right of human mobility", she said before adding, "because it is a right".
"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.
The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "frontline" communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use.
It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to "eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible". There are specific flaws, too, including the neglect of nuclear power as a potentially important bridge between fossil fuels and the ideal of all-renewable energy.
An analysis by Fox News last month showed at least eight potential and current Democratic 2020 candidates have voiced support for or touted aspects of the proposal - including Sens.
Even so, the Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by former President Barack Obama.
The proposal has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate, let alone being signed into law by President Donald Trump, but has become a rallying cry among some liberals and a lightning rod among conservatives. It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole goal of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.