Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal

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Although it is unclear how many of Ocasio-Cortez's fellow Democrats will embrace these specific policy ideas, a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have endorsed the concept of a Green New Deal, including Sens.

Screenshot of Ocasio's House website.

The announcement of the Green New Deal came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. It would seem a picture of a wind turbine or solar panel would be more fitting for her internet page.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed "Green New Deal" to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019.

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change. The main goal of the Green New Deal is to remodel the US economy and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.

Any Democrat running for President who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy needs to back Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution.

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"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi told Politico in an interview.

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.

Follow Jason on Twitter. 'The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?' she said, mocking the democratic socialist's effort. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the USA economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.

"The Green New Deal seems a lot more like a Green Leap Forward", quipped journalist Jack Posobiec, referring to China's 1958-62 policy of rapid industrialization and collectivization - and the resulting starvation that claimed between 18 and 55 million lives, depending on estimates. Will all of the expertise that goes into a Green New Deal eventually include proofreaders?

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering USA and European politics for Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez said that the plan will create "unprecedented levels of prosperity and wealth for all while ensuring economic and environmental justice and security.' She calls for a 'World War II-scale mobilization" that includes high-quality education and health care, clean air and water and safe, affordable housing.

"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it.

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