Nancy Pelosi Slights Green New Deal: 'Green Dream or Whatever'

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Alma Adams react at House Democrats news conferenceon Capitol Hill in Washington

The measure is now in a form of a non-binding resolution - meaning even if it passes it won't do anything.

The plan also calls for new projects to modernize US transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.

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".

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

The resolution will also call for clean air and water, climate resiliency, healthy food, access to nature and "a sustainable environment for all for generations to come", according to the letter.

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

On the economic front, the plan bundles together a host of liberal wish-list items.

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Nearly as an afterthought, the resolution called for providing "all people of the United States" with "high-quality health care", as well as affordable housing, economic security, and access to clean air, water, "healthy and affordable food, and nature".

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".

"It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail".

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "frontline" communities that will be affected by the impacts of climate change and by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use.

The legislation has been the subject of speculation and interest for weeks even as it has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate let alone being signed into law by Trump.

So far the Green New Deal has drawn the support of more than 40 progressive lawmakers as well as Democratic 2020 presidential candidates, but has yet to elicit full-throat support from Democratic moderates including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). The Trump administration does not believe action on climate change is necessary and is focused on increasing production of oil, gas and coal on federal and private land. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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