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

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Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the US economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy, signaling its likely elevation as a central campaign issue in 2020 despite President Donald Trump's failure to mention climate change in his State of the Union address.

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.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

"The Green New Deal seems a lot more like a Green Leap Forward", quipped journalist Jack Posobiec, referring to China's 1958-62 policy of rapid industrialization and collectivization - and the resulting starvation that claimed between 18 and 55 million lives, depending on estimates.

"I welcome the Green New Deal and any other proposals" to address climate change, Pelosi said, adding that she also wants to hear from a new House committee on climate change.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December. This morning, Ocasio-Cortez released a resolution, developed alongside Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, which outlines not only goals and aspirations of the Green New Deal, but specific policy proposals. Ed Markey of MA.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it.

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A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030. The Democrats' plan envisions shifting away from fossil fuels and other sources of emissions that cause global warming within 10 years.

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Even so, the Green New Deal is more ambitious than the Clean Power Plan proposed by former President Barack Obama to impose emissions limits on coal-fired power plants.

Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to a primetime address President Donald Trump gave last month about the situation at the US southern border, prompting her to castigate the president for requesting funding for ICE. Pelosi said the panel will "spearhead Democrats' work" on climate issues.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) highly anticipated Green New Deal is here, and it's packed with some very lofty goals.

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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

They include "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers"; job creation; infrastructure investment; guarantees of clean water, healthy food and sustainable environment; and a curiously undefined "access to nature".

It goes on to say that "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal" is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and "provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States".

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