McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector.

It's hard to say whether McConnell will be successful in his bid to rattle Democrats on the fence about a resolution that promises so much so quickly. "Why would we be against creating a whole bunch of jobs and saving the planet from destruction?"

So far, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, who are all running for president, have co-sponsored the legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously told Politico the Green New Deal was a "suggestion", saying it will "be one of severalm or maybe many suggestions that we receive".

Republicans have used the Green New Deal to try to sow discord within the Democratic party, painting their political rivals as shifting to the left and embracing extreme policies. She has opted to frame it as one of potentially many anti-climate-change proposals.

"In the coming weeks", the group concluded, "Sunrise Movement's army of young people will be taking action to expose the moral bankruptcy of GOP elites and invite all Senate Democrats to join Senator Markey in championing the first-ever resolution to rise to the scale and urgency of the climate crisis".

In December, a poll from Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters supported the goals of a Green New Deal, including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans.

Barrasso said he welcomed debate by Democrats on climate change, noting his bipartisan efforts on carbon capture and sequestration and advanced nuclear technology - two issues addressed by bills that have been signed into law by President Trump.

"Everything else doesn't move the dial".

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) criticized Republicans on Tuesday for pledging to hold what is essentially a show vote on the Green New Deal, given that they have not advanced any serious efforts to address climate change. "We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal". "I see it as a jumpstart. I mean, it's just an opening salvo, frankly", Sen. "But I also want to maintain some opportunity to make deals".

"I want some of the tax credits to work better for coal, I want infrastructure permitting for oil and gas, particularly the gas", he said.

Reporters Niina Heikkinen, Kellie Lunney and George Cahlink contributed.

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