Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Green New Deal Is About Social Justice’

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

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

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wages and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

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

While the resolution does not get into detailed policy proposals, possibly fueling Pelosi's skepticism about what the nuts and bolts of the plan actually are, it does lay out the aims of the plan.

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.

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

A memo from Ocasio-Cortez's office to her colleagues, according to Axios, calls for support of legislation that will set into motion "national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II".

"While the resolutions contain bold and important proposals, they remain incomplete in addressing the climate crisis comprehensively due to their failure to address fossil fuel production", David Turnbull, a spokesman for the environmental group Oil Change International, said by email.

"It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail". Bernie Sanders, who supports her "Green New Deal" resolution.

The goals outlined in the Green New Deal respond to 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, its authors said.

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. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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