Dianne Feinstein rebuffs young climate activists' calls for Green New Deal

Pablo Tucker
February 23, 2019

"I know what I'm doing", the California Democrat told a young girl at one point while debating with the group.

The senator asked her age. "Is I've been doing this for 30 years".

Feinstein later released a statement that said climate change remained one of her top priorities and that she planned to introduce her resolution soon. "I got elected by an nearly 1 million vote plurality".

"Well, you didn't vote for me", Feinstein fired back.

O'Hanlon told HuffPost in an email that the children were "upset and disappointed" by Feinstein's attitude toward them. I've been doing this for 30 years.

Feinstein replied, saying, "You know what's interesting about this group?"

"Some scientists have said that we have 12 years to turn this around", one young student tells Feinstein, echoing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who claimed during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. last month that the "world will end in 12 years" if the issue is not addressed.

I am disgusted and disappointed in Senator Feinstein's response to these children who are rightfully and genuinely concerned about their future under climate change.

"We're the people who voted for you, you're supposed to listen to us", a teen activist said.

The Sunrise Movement's capable moment on Friday shows the increasingly important tactic of recording direct contact with lawmakers to distribute on social media - executed most effectively by Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who confronted then-Senator Jeff Flake about his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. "And you can take that back to whoever sent you here".

This is a fight for our generation's survival.

She did not say definitively which way she'd vote on the deal, telling one student she could support the measure.

In the video, Feinstein also asks a girl how old she is as the girl says politicians should listen to the people they represent.

Feinstein goes on to explain that she has drafted her own resolution, which she says will have both a meaningful impact and a chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.

"Well then you didn't vote for me".

"Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear", she said.

When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says the children "have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so beautifully, beautifully possible", the senator replies, "That doesn't work with me, thank you".

The Green New Deal is a far-left plan created to implement government control over large portions of the US economy that Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl has estimated could potentially cost up to approximately $100 trillion. What makes this encounter more of a PR fumble is that young climate activists - perhaps more so than other issue for those who can not vote yet - have the greatest interest in securing aggressive policy, as they will be around much longer than anyone born in the 20th Century to experience the rough-and-tumble catastrophes of environmental collapse.

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