Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled an unprecedented plan to reverse climate change and eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions within 10 years, by taking drastic steps that would require transformational action across the economy.
Critics seized on parts of the plan, including Democrats" acknowledgement that it would be hard to reach a zero emissions society in a decade because they weren't sure if they could "get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast'.
"Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States".
"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster".
Republicans have already criticised the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed.
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.
The plan also calls for new projects to modernize USA transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.
Framers of the "Green New Deal" released a framework for their attempt to drastically overhaul the US economy and energy system, which included guaranteeing economic security for those "unwilling to work".
Even so, their Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.
"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution released by the politicians on Thursday. Ocasio-Cortez was not among those named to the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the USA economy to combat climate change.
Pelosi welcomed the introduction of the resolution Thursday but told reporters during her weekly press conference that she had not read it yet.
The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.
Proposals and promises include "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work".
The young New York Democrat called Trump's claim he wanted more legal immigration "a lie", pointing to the presidents' policies geared a reducing immigration and targeting immigrants.
She also cites Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and the interstate highway system begun under Dwight D. Eisenhower as examples of American know-how and capability.
And Ocasio-Cortez has suggested the nation's wealthiest may have to pay 70 percent in taxes to fund such an energy overhaul, an unpopular message for many. Nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.
The Republican Party hammered the deal as a "socialist wish list" which could cost upwards of $2 trillion.
The plan is meant to address the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said global temperatures must be kept less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, the authors of the policy said. "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said.