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

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Recently sworn-in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally lifted the curtain on her "Green New Deal" Thursday; calling for sweeping environmental and energy changes as House Speaker Pelosi dismissed the policy as a "Green Dream".

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

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

Nearly every major new economic initiative proposed by Democrats - the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, debt-free college - has a common feature: Unlike most current social programs, it would benefit younger Americans at the expense of older Americans.

The proposals, which have come to be known as the Green New Deal, were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

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The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. "I'm so excited by that", Ocasio-Cortez said. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term". "That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis".

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

But the "Green New Deal" has many detractors.

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor will chair the panel, as Pelosi previously announced, and eight other Democrats will serve on it: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and Reps.

Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a "Soviet five-year plan".

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Yet, other Democrats aren't so sure what Ocasio-Cortez is thinking either.

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin. 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. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

The name, Green New Deal, references the New Deal of the 1930s that President Franklin Roosevelt implemented to aid Americans suffering in the Great Depression by embarking on huge government-led infrastructure projects.

"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.

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