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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    The Green New Deal Debate Heats Up

    Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce

    Coral Davenport, February 11. 2019 (NY Times)

    “Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found the proposal enmeshed in confusion when her staff published a summary that included provisions not endorsed by the candidates…[Her staff backed away from it but] Republicans pounced on the plan…The plan, written by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from New York, and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, was modeled on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and embraced by several presidential candidates, including Senators Kamala Harris, Democrat of California; Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York; and Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey…

    …[The non-binding goal-setting resolution, also endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, calls for elimination of new greenhouse gas emissions by 2030] was also signed by more than 60 House and Senate Democrats…Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has promoted the plan as a blueprint for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee…[But Republicans have turned the mistake] into a campaign moment, saying it reveals extreme] priorities…” click here for more


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