Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Pablo Tucker
February 11, 2019

Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her long-awaited "Green New Deal", a plan aimed at drastically reducing carbon emissions in the next ten years. Along with the plan, which has some 70 Democrats backing it, AOC's office published an FAQ document outlining some of the plan's ultimate goals - and they are not just radical, they're utterly impossible.

Phillips found that the majority of college students loved her proposal - until they heard what is actually in it.

The joint resolution stakes out an ambitious agenda for any Green New Deal legislation, calling for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every major sector of the economy, providing clean energy jobs to millions of Americans and vastly expanding the social safety net.

"I view it favorably". "Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're gonna get close to meeting the mark".

"It's definitely a great idea". "I like that it's progressive".

When he told students what, exactly, was in the deal, responses changed. "From knowing who's endorsed it and some little things, it sounds great", mused another. Thinking it was real, Epshteyn began debating with the "confused" parody account.

Murphy saidM, "I think it's absolutely realistic and we need to set our sights high".

"If we didn't do that, we'd be killing ourselves basically".

"Anything that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels is really important".

In November, when Ocasio-Cortez championed a resolution to establish a select committee in the House on a Green New Deal, Suozzi supported the effort.

"I don't think that that is something that would be able to be done in such a short amount of time", one student said.

"I have a 10-year-old and a seven-year-old", he continued. Asked if he thinks it sounds "feasible", another student said flatly, "No".

Hockett said Ocasio-Cortez does not want to ban airplanes or pay people "unwilling to work".

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