Pelosi Excludes Ocasio-Cortez From New Climate Change Committee

Pelosi Excludes Ocasio-Cortez From New Climate Change Committee

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. Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ed Markey are promoting the "Green New Deal" as a policy proposal as one that could become a massive vehicle for cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs in the renewable energy sector.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

The proposals, which have come to be known as the Green New Deal, were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us", Ocasio-Cortez told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an interview on Thursday morning.

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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Read the full report at Fox News. She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats" work' on climate issues. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term". "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal". She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations. The Free Beacon has more details on the outline of the Democratic proposal here.

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". President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan, which imposed emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, as a job-killer.

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 USA economy away from fossil fuels.

"Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America", Ocasio-Cortez said. Earlier Thursday, progressive lawmakers published an outline of the proposal which they claim is created to solve "climate change" and "systemic injustice" by reducing "pollution and greenhouse gas emissions" to meet "100 percent of the power demand" through "clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources".

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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