Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Science | By Cecil Little

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi butchered the name of the New York Democrat's Green New Deal. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the politicians on Thursday.

Just in case the message didn't get through, Pelosi offered her thoughts on the Green New Deal, "or whatever they call it", to Politico.

The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.

The panel, which is charged with examining climate change and steps to mitigate it, will include lawmakers with a wide range of tenures, including three freshmen.

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"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.

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change.

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

The document, unveiled by rising political star Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey, marks the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define potential legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transition the US economy away from fossil fuels.

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The Green New Deal resolution unveiled Thursday would provide guidance on the drafting of legislation.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's resolution also took heat from environmentalists upset that the means and goals outlined in the document did not go far enough. "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".

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".

From left, Democratic Representatives Kathy Castor of Florida, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Donna Shalala of Florida listen as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 30.

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