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Senate vote puts Green New Deal resolution to bed

29 March 2019, 12:06 | Tara Lloyd

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Three Democrats and Sen. Three Democrats and independent senator Angus King of ME ultimately joined all 53 Republicans in opposing the plan.

"This is about jobs", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Democratic members of the Select Committee on Climate Crisis and others. Democrats accused the GOP of quashing debate by blocking public hearings and expert testimony about the consequences of inaction on climate change. The proposed stimulus program calls for virtual elimination by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) mocked Ocasio-Cortez's plan, which Democratic presidential candidates are now saying sets the USA up for "failure", during a speech on the Senate floor which drew condemnation from Ocasio-Cortez.

Republicans have rejected the proposal saying it would devastate the economy and trigger massive tax increases. It's been panned as "socialism" on the right and tacitly disavowed by more moderate Democrats in Republican-leaning states. Some Democrats called the move to bring the proposal to the floor a "political stunt" and decried it as a "sham vote", urging their Republican colleagues to have legitimate discussions on the threats of climate change.

Most other Senate Democrats similarly declined to vote on the Green New Deal. The GND not only calls for 100 percent renewable energy and government retrofitting of every building, but also government-provided health care, college, housing, jobs and "affordable" food. Fifty-three Republicans, three Democrats, and an Independent from ME voted not to advance the resolution, and 43 Democrats voted "present", essentially taking no official side in the vote.

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"We are not going to be successful at reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and lowering our carbon emissions through virtue signaling", said Sen Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. When she responded that she had her own plan to deal with climate change and her office released a draft, progressive groups called on her to withhold the legislation, anxious it would derail the Green New Deal. John Barasso, R-Wyo.

"I believe climate change is real", he said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday accepted an invitation to tour a coal mine and meet with voters in Kentucky-taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with some of the Americans who could benefit most from a Green New Deal. 'With nuclear power available, it's strategy for fighting climate change with windmills makes as much sense as going to war in sail boats'. In a Senate resolution vote this week, not one senator- not even the Senate bill's chief sponsor Ed Markey, D-Mass. - voted in favor of it. "Mocking it is shameful".

Ocasio-Cortez shot back, noting that a year ago, she'd been bartending in Manhattan.

"McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing", she wrote.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters the Green New Deal was discussed with Trump at a party lunch on Tuesday.

Slowing climate change "should be our nation's moonshot" in the 21st century, Gillibrand argued.

The theatrics preceded a Senate vote on a multibillion dollar legislation to provide disaster relief to areas hit hard by hurricanes, wildfires and flooding - disasters that scientists say are increasing in frequency and ferocity because of climate change.

"People are dying. They are dying", she said.

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