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Ocasio-Cortez, Markey propose Green New Deal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/08/19, 12:59 pm

WASHINGTON—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the Green New Deal, a sweeping resolution to overhaul America’s energy sources in an attempt to improve the climate. The non-binding resolution includes a 10-year goal to derive 100 percent of America’s power from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission” sources and cut out fossil fuels. Meeting that goal, according to the plan, would involve upgrading or replacing every building in the United States and create a high-speed rail system to eliminate air travel. The plan also aims to provide all Americans with affordable food, healthcare, housing, and a guaranteed federal job or economic security to those unwilling or unable to work. The blueprint does not include cost specifics but vaguely says it will be funded “with public money appropriated by Congress.”

While a number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have already lined up behind the resolution, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both sides of the aisle have voiced concerns. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., initially dismissed the deal, telling reporters, “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive.” Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, noted the proposal to replace planes with high-speed trains “would be pretty hard for Hawaii.” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the Green New Deal “would be a raw deal for American families as the cost of energy skyrockets under their leftist plan.”

While it is unclear how the proposal will fare under the Democrat-controlled House, it is highly unlikely to make it onto the floor of the Senate.

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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • KC
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 01:22 pm

    Only a bartender would say we'll replace all our buildings within 10 years. That's not even physically possible even if it were financially.

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 01:48 pm

    Call the bluff.  Bring it to the Senate floor for a debate.  Make everyone play their cards now.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 01:53 pm

    "economic security to those unwilling or unable to work" (emphasis mine)

    So New York has just elected someone who is OK with workers being forced to support those who are not willing to work.

    Still, it was an honest election.  She said she was a socialist.  

    She just doesn't know she is ignorant, as well.

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 02:35 pm

    We can scoff at it now, but as Limbaugh said on his program today, who thought gay marriage would be legal?  Who thought infanticide would be put forth?  Who thought gender neutral bathrooms would be a thing?  Who thought teaching kindergarten kids the abc's of sex, including oral and homosexual sex, would be a thing?  And we are.  

    Here's an eye-opener, read "Truth Bombs" by Steve Deace.  If you don't already realize this, the Republicans are no more on the side of conservatism than the Dems.  They both just take different roads to their common agenda.  True conservatism is being shadowed by our two party political system.  It's time that we rock the boat.  How about the Constitution Party?  There are alternatives.

    Here's an excerpt from a grammer school history book, wonder if they still teach from it......

    "The leaders of the American Revolution did not like the idea of parties and political battles between parties. Upon his retirement from public life in 1796, George Washington warned Americans against "faction" (parties). James Madison thought parties were probably necessary, although he did not entirely approve of them. Alexander Hamilton thought that faction was a vice to be guarded against at all times. Thomas Jefferson declared in 1789, "If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." Nevertheless, the men who held these views founded the first two great American political parties."

    Why we simply don't learn from history is a mystery to me!!!  Raise up your children in the way they should go.  Wisdom.  Stop relying on others to teach our future generation.  If this country matters to anyone, then stand tall, be firm, and carry a big stick.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 04:59 pm

    I completely agree with your assessment.

  • Eual D. Blanset...
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 03:23 pm

    My first question when I saw this article was this: why is The Sift featuring an article by a woman who is obviously so far off the political spectrum that the poltical spectrum had to be stretched to include her?  All you are doing is giving a politically-demented person the attention she craves so badly.  You need to hire some writers who will put the emphasis on where it belongs: President Donald Trump and the good that he has done for America since taking office.  I am beginning to wonder what kind of writers the World Journalism is producing.

    Yours, Eual D. Blansett, Jr.


  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 06:22 pm

    One could have asked a similar question about why they were giving any attention to Donald Trump a few years back, when he looked more like a side show than an actual possibility. I just hope youre right that Ocasio-Cortez's antics now are not newsworthy.

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 04:16 pm

    This Congresswoman was elected and is in the news daily. She has 60+ Democrats signing on to her Limited Resolution. Her ideas are quite popular to many. For these, and other, reasons this is something that the Sift should cover and shows how well trained and selected World's writers are. This piece is short and sweet. It is balanced and tells World's readers what we need to know. It doesn't call her names and is respectful. These are all important in political discourse. Kudos to World. Again.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 05:00 pm

    They forgot a cure for cancer. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 07:22 pm

    I'm glad we are able to read from a trusted source like World just how far from reality some of our politicians are.  We NEED this kind of information to make sound voting decisions. 

    And I agree with Mr. Bossard: Congress, bring this to debate so everyone has the opportunity to see the huge gaps that exist between proposals like this and what is actually possible.

  • VISTA48
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 08:04 pm

    A quick scan of this supposed "deal" reveals more of a communist manifesto than anything to do with the environment. I'm not sure if I should be alarmed by the prospect, or appalled by the stupidity. Either way, things are looking good for DJT in 2020.

  •  Chrisi56's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/09/2019 10:16 pm

    How can World Magazine give this foolish woman such a generic headline and positive first line:  a sweeping resolution to improve the climate.  I understand that you want to report the news in an unbiased fashion but unfortunately, people only read the headline and first line or so.  This is why we make no progress in persuading people of the insanity of the new Democrat agenda.  The mainstream media are propping this woman up and we need to show her absolute insanity to all.  I'm sorry that these days we have to do some thinking for the electorate because they can't seem to do it themselves.  Has she ever ridden in an airplane?  Has she looked at the lines headed to every hub?  There is no way trains are going to cover all that.  Can you imagine the environmental impact of so many train tracks?  These ideas are all unworkable but Democrats jump on because they sound so noble and they don't think it through.  What they actually like is it will achieve complete control over the lives of every citizen in this country.  This is tommyrot!  This is communism!


  • VISTA48
    Posted: Sun, 02/10/2019 04:54 pm


    I wouldn't sell the World readers short. They must be reading more than the first line, since I find the comments to be by and large thoughtful and reasoned. I actually find their insight and perspective (different than mine) interesting and helpful. Sometimes it's good to read a short blurb on these types of stories that are not already filled with hysteria. I prefer not to be told what to think about what I'm reading.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Sun, 02/10/2019 10:47 pm

    The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.  Isaiah 32:5

    Trump's presidency has forced the extremists out into the open and that is a good thing.  Progressives can no longer pretend to be reasonable.  They now openly oppose science on issues of race and gender.  Their morality police is now ruining careers of people who merely had a bad thought decades ago.  The Green New Deal is just what one would expect if climate collapse were a mere 12 years away.  Insanity begets insanity.  Give them a megaphone and watch as they moralize themselves into a self destructive frenzy.

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 01:12 am

    The sad thing about all of this is that there are thousands, at least, who are so far left that they believe this proposal does not go far enough.  Then there are hundreds, at least, in leadership positions who will say publicly they do not endorse this yet privately they are on board.  Progressives are in interesting lot.  Progresssive leadership must not appear to be as far left as they really are.  This is partly why, I think, that things can go suddenly left with no explaination for the shift.  We mock them now but the country moves left.  Pack the courts, control the media, persecute the opposition, create protected classes, purge the universities, pretend to be moderate.  I will say though, that there hasn't been anything yet that so clearly exposes the agenda of this global warming thing.  

  • ChetB
    Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 08:33 am

    As I read this, I pictured the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. God in his love and omniscience saw the seeds of good beneath the passionate hatred and skewed religious fervor, and through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, God transformed Saul, not by eradicating those seeds of passions and desires, but by humbling him so he submitted them to Him.

    Imagine if Christians were to pray fervently for Ocasio-Cortez, that she would humble herself before God and then repent and live for Him through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Imagine if she would take her passions and humbly let God mold them to fit His kingdom of Heaven instead of her kingdom of humanism. The harvest could be plenteous.

    Of course, that's true for everyone. God isn't just looking for the prominently passionate. Everyone has a seed that could help replant Eden, if only they knew that God can tear away the weeds of pride. Let us commit to pray and seek God.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 11:55 am

    Here is a video showing students supporting the "Green New Deal" until they hear what is in it. 

    Socialism advances mainly through deception (or by force), because if people understood it they would reject it.