"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi told Politico on Wednesday.
The image is perplexing given her adamant criticism of the USA oil and gas industry and her promotion of the Green New Deal, a proposal to dramatically transition the country's energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of power. With media-savvy champions like rookie lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alongside Senator Ed Markey, who proposed legislation with similar goals a decade ago, it could force politicians to grapple with the details, just as Senator Bernie Sanders did with his proposal for universal healthcare.
Although Pelosi has experience as speaker pushing climate change policies under previous administrations, more progressive members have questioned her eagerness to support an ambitious new climate proposal.
"Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States".
"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster".
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"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations. There are specific flaws, too, including the neglect of nuclear power as a potentially important bridge between fossil fuels and the ideal of all-renewable energy.
"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said.
The resolution being introduced Thursday marks the first time Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers have attached legislative language to the Green New Deal, a concept that until now has been largely undefined other than as a call for urgent action to head off catastrophic climate change and create jobs. "So, I don't think that this is a snub", the NY congresswoman said outside the Capitol building while advocating for the Green New Deal. Will all of the expertise that goes into a Green New Deal eventually include proofreaders?
Freshman progressives and other Democrats who have come to support the Green New Deal were frustrated when it was previously revealed the committee would lack much of the power that other congressional committees possess.
The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole objective of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal.