House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she welcomes the “enthusiasm” of the “Green New Deal” unveiled by New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after calling it by a different name in a published interview.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey say the plan they released is intended to transform the American economy to fight climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. But Pelosi made clear in an interview with Politico it’s just one of several “or maybe many suggestions” Democrats on a climate panel will consider.
Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Markey are aiming to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030.
Speaking to NPR on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez zeroed in on the issue of climate change and what she’s trying to accomplish.
“Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” said the freshman lawmaker.
Pelosi named members to the climate panel on Thursday but left Ocasio-Cortez off. Here’s how she put its goals: “This new select committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis.”
She added, “it will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”
Speaking to reporters, Pelosi said she hadn’t seen the Green New Deal. But, she said, “I do know it’s enthusiastic and I welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there.”
Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference with Markey she didn’t mind Pelosi’s characterization.
“I think it is a green dream,” she said. “I don’t consider that to be a dismissive term.”