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

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday named eight Democrats to the new special climate change committee, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) was not among them.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said.

Pelosi announced the plan to form the select committee last November on the same day that the newly elected Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives protested outside of the leader's personal office in Cannon - an early effort in their push for the Green New Deal.

A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources", including dramatic increases in wind and solar power.

The New York freshman lawmaker was one of the sponsors at Thursday's unveiling of a Green New Deal resolution on controlling climate change.

Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet. Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal". She did not "consider that to be a dismissive term".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi before a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2019.

The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern.

The Green New Deal would be paid for 'the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress, ' Ocasio-Cortez said. "Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Jared Huffman of California, Mike Levin of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado".

The name, Green New Deal, references the New Deal of the 1930s that President Franklin Roosevelt implemented to aid Americans suffering in the Great Depression by embarking on huge government-led infrastructure projects.

Well, Ocasio-Cortez will need an income after she gets primaried out of Congress, I suppose ...

Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either.

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".

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.

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