29 March, 2019
The draft released by Feinstein's office calls for net-zero global warming gas emissions by 2050, which is a slower timeline than the so-called Green New Deal pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY.
"While I appreciate the renewed conversation around climate change that the Green New Deal and its supporters have sparked, I think we need to focus on real solutions that recognize the role fossil fuels will continue to play".
Marilyn Humphries/NewscomThe Green New Deal (GND) vote yesterday cooked up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) aimed to embarrass the Democrats who had co-sponsored the GND resolution calling on us energy consumption to be carbon-free by 2030.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the measure up for a vote to force Democrats to make a public stand on it - and they punted. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee took to the Senate floor to call for a different solution to the risks of rising global temperatures. "Merely bringing their own plan up for a vote - a plan they'd characterized as "an unbelievable step forward" - was now declared to be "a diversion" and 'a sham'".
McConnell had called the proposal "a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire US economy".
Ocasio-Cortez's remarks, which went viral Tuesday night, came the same day as the Senate struck down the proposal 57-0. Her office said it was an old, working draft that was not intended for circulation, but it was a self-inflicted political hit that gave critics an easy line of attack.
"They've made attempts to block action on climate change by repealing the Clean Power Plan, opposing the Paris Climate Agreement and opposing the EPA's endangerment finding", New York Democratic Sen.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has spoken multiple times on the Senate floor in opposition to the Green New Deal.
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Lee's remarks enraged Democrats, who called climate change deadly serious, citing floods in the Midwest, wildfires in the West and hurricanes in the South.
"The Green New Deal would cost up to $93 trillion, or about $600,000 for every family in Arkansas". Ed Markey, D-Mass., which Republicans contend would move the country toward socialism and destroy the economy. We also want to thank Rhiana Gunn-Wright, one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, policy director for the nonprofit New Consensus.
"I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the "Green New Deal": a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire USA economy", McConnell tweeted Monday.
To spur innovations needed to curb climate change, "government must not shun the private sector", Hickenlooper said in the piece.
And Ocasio-Cortez slammed the majority leader for holding a 'bluff vote'.
Though Lee acknowledged that he would likely be met with criticism for "not taking climate change seriously", the rest of his argument against the Green New Deal continued in a similar vein - full of sarcasm and accompanying posters. However, the democrat argued that if the United States doesn't spend money on implementing these public work projects now, then in the coming 10 years they will have to spend much more for environmental devastation than what is required now.