Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

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

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

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.

With a whiff of presidential politics and a rock-star freshman in attendance, Democrats drew an unusually large crowd for the Green New Deal unveiling. 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.

"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.

In defending the breadth and scope of the proposal, which also includes 15 "social and economic justice and security" requirements, Ocasio-Cortez has likened it to the mobilization effort that preceded World War II, and conceded that it qualifies as a "moonshot" idea.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps.

Ocasio-Cortez said Pelosi invited her to join the climate panel but she declined, saying she wants to focus on the Green New Deal and other committee assignments. Ed Markey, a Democrat, is broad and light on specifics, and seen more as a roadmap for overhauling the economy than a concrete piece of legislation.


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

"How will you pay for it", reads a frequently-asked-questions document that accompanied the bill."The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit".

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.

"This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in America right now", Ocasio-Cortez said during a rally outside the Capitol building.

"The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?". Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan. While a carbon tax may be a part of the Green New Deal, it misses the point and would be off the table unless we create the clean, affordable options first. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too. She did not "consider that to be a dismissive term".

Answering critics who call the plan unrealistic, Ocasio-Cortez says that when President John F. Kennedy wanted to go to the moon by the end of the 1960s, 'people said it was impossible'. The long and short of it: we have a very limited amount of time to slow global warming, for which the USA has "historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions".

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