The freshman congresswoman went on to suggest ICE has not given due respect to those who enter the country illegally.
It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S". "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. The Green New Deal (GND) wants to transition the USA to "100% clean and renewable energy" while guaranteeing jobs with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security and free higher education, healthy food, healthcare, "adequate housing", and economic security "for all who are unable or unwilling to work", among other things.
Citing the October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report and the Fourth National Climate Assessment report from November 2018, the resolution states, in no uncertain terms, that the world has approximately 12 years to limit the human-caused warming of the earth to 2 degrees Celsius (if not 1.5 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial temperatures, or the results will be catastrophic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it. Pelosi also named the nine Democratic members of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis - and notably left Ocasio-Cortez off the list.
A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the US through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.
While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez's strongest supporters. It's aimed a transforming the American economy by ending its dependence on fossil fuels, investing heavily in renewable energy like solar and wind and sparking large-scale job-creation.
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Trump did not back down from his determination to withdraw, saying, "We look forward to giving our fearless warriors in Syria a warm welcome home".
"We're here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she added. While a carbon tax may be a part of the Green New Deal, it misses the point and would be off the table unless we create the clean, affordable options first.
The proposal has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate, let alone being signed into law by President Donald Trump, but has become a rallying cry among some liberals and a lightning rod among conservatives.
While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.
"The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said.
Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals".
Ocasio-Cortez also expressed such hope during her Green New Deal press conference Thursday.