Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Senate votes down Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

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Sandy Nunez | 28 March, 2019, 09:59

"People are dying. They are dying", Ocasio-Cortez exclaimed in response. They criticized Republican leaders for a calling a procedural vote on the bill when they knew it had no chance of passing.

"I need no other evidence of the fact that this proposal ... we had 57 people vote against it including four Democrats and everyone else voted not for it but present".

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a Democrat from New York) on Tuesday delivered an impassioned defense of the Green New Deal, the ambitious Democratic proposal aimed at fighting climate change, after a Republican member of Congress attacked the resolution as an elitist plan he claimed had been created by out-of-touch "rich liberals from NY or California".

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"The solution to climate change won't be found in political posturing or virtue signaling", he said.

Along with President Donald Trump, John Delaney and John Hickenlooper are the only Democratic candidates who don't support a Green New Deal, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-Hawaii) position is not known by 350 Action.

The ambitious climate change proposal-named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's series of job initiatives during the Great Depression known as the New Deal-calls for an overhaul in American energy consumption.

"I'm not immediately afraid of what carbon emissions unaddressed might do to our environment in the near future, or our civilization or our planet in the next few years", Lee said during a Senate debate.

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Republicans have mocked the Green New Deal as a progressive pipedream that would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase. "No one is getting an A+ on this climate test just for admitting that the climate crisis is happening". The plan aims to ensure that all Americans have "a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security". Chris Murphy, D-Conn., ahead of the vote. This is the same strategy they employed in dealing with healthcare. In a recent tweet attacking Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who is considering a run against Republican Sen.

Some Democrats and environmental groups want to see proposals that are more concrete that non-binding resolutions like the Green New Deal.

All 53 Republicans oppose the Green New Deal.

"I'm really disappointed to hear that", said an activist in the video, as Hickenlooper crossed his signature off the pledge.

Conservatives have rallied around an analysis by the right-leaning American Action Forum that estimates the Green New Deal would cost between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over a 10-year period.

The Senate turned away from the Green New Deal on Tuesday as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats.

"The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution, but the serious business of human flourishing - the solution to so many of our problems, at all times and in all places: fall in love, get married, and have some kids", Lee said, arguing that more children would boost the country's eventual capacity to address climate change.