Ocasio-Cortez: Pelosi Didn’t Snub Me on New Climate Change Committee

CNS News | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that she was not snubbed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who appointed a climate change commission, and did not appoint her to it.

During a Capitol Hill press conference, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced that they have introduced a resolution that recognizes “the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.” It cites an October 2018 Special Report on Global Warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report.

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When asked whether she was offended that Pelosi called it the Green Dream, Ocasio-Cortez said, “No, I think it is a Green Dream, and I think that—all great American programs – everything from the Great Society to the New Deal started with a vision for our future, and ... I don’t consider that to be a dismissive term. I think it’s a great term.”

Markey said that “there is no greater champion on climate change than Nancy Pelosi.”

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“I was the chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. There’s no greater champion, and just at noontime today, she said she welcomes the enthusiasm of the backers of the Green New Deal, and that’s what we have here,’ he said.

“All issues go through three phases: political education, political activation, political implementation. So you are seeing the beginning of the education and activation phase, and ultimately, we’re going to have the legislation, implementation phase of this program as well,” Markey added.

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“You talk about being 100 percent united, but today Speaker Pelosi appointed a climate commission that you are not on, and in her remarks today said she had not even read the resolution. So how sure are you that she’s behind this effort?” a reporter asked.

Ocasio-Cortez said she and Pelosi “have...
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