Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who represents parts of Queens and The Bronx, is calling for the federal government to launch a World War II-like mobilization on a "Green New Deal" environmental plan that would reduce carbon emissions, remake the economy and reduce income equality.

The resolution, which was posted on NPR, came hours before a Thursday afternoon press conference featuring Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Markey.

The plan also calls for new projects to modernize USA transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.

"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.

"Next week, we plan to release a resolution that outlines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal", according to a letter the New York Democrat sent to colleagues.

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

Among the most ambitious components is a plan to guarantee a job "with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States" - and to provide health care, affordable housing, economic security and access to clean water, air, food and nature to all "people of the United States". Nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

While the Green New Deal would certainly never pass muster with coal-state Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, some of the plan's backers believe it's important to show it has the blessing of the House Democrats in advance of the 2020 presidential elections.

The resolution does not include a price tag, but some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars. Conservative radio host Mark Levin called the plan to "effectively destroy capitalism", while the Sierra Club lauded the resolutions as a "bold plan to tackle the climate crisis and inequality - two of the defining crises of our time - at the speed and scale that science and justice demand".

The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez claimed.