Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office to ask the California Democrat to support the Green New Deal. "You come in here and say it has to be my way or the highway".

"Well, you didn't vote for me", Feinstein says.

In the video posted by the Sunrise Movement, the kids hold up a poster-sized letter to present to Feinstein, asking her to support the Green New Deal. "So maybe people should listen a little bit". I was elected by nearly a million vote plurality.

Feinstein later released a statement that said climate change remained one of her top priorities and that she planned to introduce her resolution soon. And I know what I'm doing. "I know what I'm doing", Feinstein said. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress. "Is I've been doing this for 30 years".

During the meeting, Feinstein expressed skepticism about the Green New Deal, a landmark resolution that aims to dramatically cut global carbon emissions and human-caused greenhouse gasses.

The Sunrise Movement, an environmental activism group focused on young people, spent this week lobbying Senate and House offices to support the Green New Deal, leading up to a coordinated "day of action" Tuesday in congressional districts nationwide.

After the group shared information they said originated from scientists talking about climate change, Feinstein replied: "You know what's interesting about this group?"

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"I'm 16 I can't vote", the girl replied.

In any case, Feinstein completely stiff-arms the kids, telling them that nothing is "going to get turned around in 10 years", which prompts one of the chaperones to speak up and chide the senator for her lack of urgency. Zuckerman said the group had earlier sought a meeting with Feinstein, but the senator's staff said she was unavailable.

What makes this encounter more of a PR fumble is that young climate activists - perhaps more so than other issue for those who can not vote yet - have the greatest interest in securing aggressive policy, as they will be around much longer than anyone born in the 20th Century to experience the rough-and-tumble catastrophes of environmental collapse.

"Until then, we're in charge - and you're just shouting from the cheap seats", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. At the end, she offers one of the students an internship.

"That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here", she says, citing that the deal doesn't have a single Republican in favor of the proposal and "the key to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead".

"I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear". American Action Forum, a center-right public policy group, and others found that such a plan could cost $5.7 trillion just to invest in renewable energy and storage alone.