Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights offshore drilling rig on congressional website

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches

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 US carbon emissions - but it's already receiving shade from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

The Republican Study Committee pointed out the dichotomy Thursday, shortly after the New York Democrat launched her sweeping environmental plan aimed at achieving zero-net greenhouse-gas emissions in 10 years. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

An outline of the proposal, backed by dozens of congressional lawmakers and the climate change activist group Sunrise Movement, was released early Thursday by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, Democrat from MA. 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 percent renewable energy".

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.

Progressive activists are "extremely supportive of the Green New Deal and think of it as the gold standard plan on climate, and expect their presidential candidates to be treating it as such", said Chad Bolt, associate policy director of Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group. 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. Will all of the expertise that goes into a Green New Deal eventually include proofreaders?

When asked why she turned down an offer to be part of a committee that will tackle an issue so important to the freshman lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez's reasoning was that it's an "investigatory body". 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.

Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a "Soviet five-year plan".

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.

The details left us wondering who wrote this?

While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.

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