Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal

Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal

Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change while creating thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

The resolution is not expected to pass Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself has suggested the Green New Deal is more of a suggestion rather than a concrete part of the Democratic Party's legislative agenda.

"The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?" she told reporters.

The image is perplexing given her adamant criticism of the USA oil and gas industry and her promotion of the Green New Deal, a proposal to dramatically transition the country's energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of power. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the USA economy to combat climate change.

Later in the morning, Pelosi said she had not seen the proposal.

The California Democrat did agree to launch a select committee on climate change, similar to the one she created back in 2007, when she first became speaker.

"This is such a watershed moment", Ocasio-Cortez said, expressing excitement about congressional efforts to tackle climate change. To achieve this, the blueprint suggests to "upgrade or replace every building in the USA for state-of-the-art energy efficiency", among other things.

"T$3 he question isn't how we will pay for it", Ocasio-Cortez' FAQ declares, "but what we will do with our new shared prosperity".

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued.

"I will not give one dollar to a secretary who does not care about her life and does not care to investigate a child's death", she said to applause.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the US through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030. 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. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation. Here are 5 bold moves the Green New Deal and its accompanying FAQ calls for.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments on the select committee came Thursday during a press conference she and Massachusetts Sen.

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