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Clark Diaz
February 8, 2019

The resolution being introduced Thursday marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language to the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs.

The Republican Study Committee pointed out the dichotomy Thursday, shortly after the New York Democrat launched her sweeping environmental plan aimed at achieving zero-net greenhouse-gas emissions in 10 years.

The California Democrat told reporters she hadn't seen the proposal.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream".

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Progressive activists are "extremely supportive of the Green New Deal and think of it as the gold standard plan on climate, and expect their presidential candidates to be treating it as such", said Chad Bolt, associate policy director of Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the US economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it. 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. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the US economy to combat climate change.

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. Ocasio-Cortez didn't seem to mind Pelosi's remarks on her flagship climate change proposal.

Ocasio-Cortez's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. There are specific flaws, too, including the neglect of nuclear power as a potentially important bridge between fossil fuels and the ideal of all-renewable energy. Ocasio-Cortez was not among those named to the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.

"We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", an earlier version of the resolution's fact sheet read.

The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.

Freshman progressives and other Democrats who have come to support the Green New Deal were frustrated when it was previously revealed the committee would lack much of the power that other congressional committees possess.

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The proposal has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate, let alone being signed into law by President Donald Trump, but has become a rallying cry among some liberals and a lightning rod among conservatives.

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