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BY: David Rutz
Soon-to-be congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) joined a protest Tuesday outside the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) as a part of a demand for legislative action on climate change.
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Pelosi appears poised to again become speaker of the House after Democrats won the House of Representatives in last week's midterm election. Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who became a progressive star after stunning Rep. Joe Crowley (D., N.Y.) in June's primary and easily won election in New York's heavily Democratic 14th district, joined climate activists calling for a "Green New Deal."
She was greeted with an ovation and high-fives as she joined the protest.
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"I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you. For putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure we save our planet," Ocasio-Cortez said. "We do not have a choice. We have to get to 100 percent renewable energy in 10 years. There is no other option."
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about accepting their invitation and said she had spoken with Pelosi "about how our commitments to climate change should take shape in the 116th Congress."
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"[Pelosi's] office has responded quickly, and she has recommended the reinstatement of the Select Committee on Climate Change," she tweeted.
Protesters from Justice Democrats and the environmental group Sunrise comprised the protest, which called on Pelosi to take immediate action on climate change when she likely takes the gavel.
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Justice Democrats communications director Waleed Shahid said in a statement that Pelosi and the party's leadership "must...
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