AOC Unveils 'Green New Deal,' and Pelosi Isn't Wowed - Page 2

Resolution aims to make the US run fully on renewable energy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2019 12:14 PM CST

  • GOP reaction: GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado likened the Green New Deal to a "Soviet five-year plan," per Reuters. Republicans deride the plan as unrealistic and way too heavy-handed.
  • Answering critics: "Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us," AOC tells NPR. "It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal."
  • The cost: The resolution is "long on ambition, but lacking in details," writes Ben Geman at Axios. Notably, it does not include a projected cost for all this or take a position on whether a carbon tax is needed.
  • Litmus test: It's not clear whether the resolution will even pass in the House. "But there’s something larger at work here," writes Ella Nilsen at Vox. "The Green New Deal is fundamentally about making climate change a central Democratic priority in 2020—without shoving aside health care and the economy. After years of this globally important issue languishing on the national agenda, it has come roaring back."
  • A monetary theory: To pay for her proposals on the environment and other matters, AOC backs something called "modern monetary theory," which makes the case that deficits aren't bad things. She talks about it in an interview with Business Insider.
(Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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