Schumer: A Forced Vote on the Green New Deal Is a 'Sham'

U.S. Representative Ocasio Cortez speaks during a news conference for a proposed

AOC has done significant work in making the Green New Deal a household term while promoting the bill she co-sponsored with Sen.

Green New Deal opponents and supporters were invited by the Congressional Western Caucus, a group of Republican lawmakers from western states, to examine the costs and feasibility of the sweeping plan that's backed by many Democratic 2020 hopefuls.

Those are the words of youth climate activists who confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal.

Destine Grigsby, a 17-year-old from Louisville Kentucky and a member of the Sunrise Movement, says she thinks Feinstein's insistence on alternative legislation is simply not good enough. These young activists are radicalizing quickly, and they will gain a clearer understanding of the limitations of appealing to the Democrats for change. "Because they are just handmaidens of the fossil-fuel industry, period-when they're not handmaidens of the gun industry".

"The complicating factor is there are members who would have a hard time voting for a budget that didn't in some way anticipate a 'Green New Deal, '" he said.

But the Left sure doesn't seem like they earnestly believe their own words given how they act. "This is an issue on which the Green New Deal is silent". Ed Markey, D-Mass. The package is focused on income inequality and climate change, calling for a complete transition to clean, renewable energy - but also including a host of far-reaching economic programs including guaranteed jobs.

The recent teachers' strikes are an instructive example for thinking through what is "possible" and "impossible" - and how change actually gets made.

But the unionwon these demandsafter two weeks of striking - including political demands that were originally deemed "outside the scope" of the negotiations.

Green New Deal supporters, including the Sierra Club and New Consensus, told CNBC they would not attend the forum.

Lily, a member of the nonpartisan youth environmental advocacy group Sunrise Movement, traveled to Washington, order to make climate change a priority in the US and stop fossil fuel companies from making political donations. The global FridaysForFuture student strikes arethe kind of powerful toolwe need to build upon to win. "In the Senate, I'm in the trenches building momentum for an actual bill - one that would dramatically reduce emissions and could become law in time to prevent the worst effects of climate change". "And three, do you believe that Congress should take immediate action to deal with the problem?" "And we're not going to be around in 10 years, '" he continued.



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