Freshman progressives and other Democrats who have come to support the Green New Deal were frustrated when it was previously revealed the committee would lack much of the power that other congressional committees possess. Ocasio-Cortez didn't seem to mind Pelosi's remarks on her flagship climate change proposal.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Thursday criticized U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and argued in support of undocumented Latinos in the United States, saying the latter can not be "criminalized" on "Native" U.S. land because they are "descendants of Native people".
The resolution is the first formal attempt by politicians to define the scale of legislation to create large government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transform the USA economy. As Executive Director Alexandra Rojas explained, "The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation's biggest crises - climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality".
While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez's strongest supporters. Some proposals have set the goal to converting the entire USA economy to renewable energy within 12 years and eliminating the carbon footprint by 2030.
Meanwhile, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein endorsed the proposal's goals but noted that it was lifted wholesale from their 2012 platform. The debate over Medicare-for-All has already shown the kinds of risks and rewards candidates face.
Republicans were also quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed. Pelosi referred to it Thursday morning as a "suggestion" and the "green dream".
Pelosi told Politico in wide-ranging interview, however, that it's just a "suggestion" and one of "many" the caucus is likely to receive on green energy.
The New York Representative tied her open borders claim to her denunciation of funding for the Department of Homeland Security. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".
Pelosi's reluctance to offer a full-throated endorsement of the Green New Deal makes a certain amount of political sense; for every progressive congressperson like Ocasio-Cortez, there are also more moderate Democrats who need to hold their seats in districts that voted for President Donald Trump or, at the very least, could conceivably flip to Republican in the next election cycle.
A coalition of labor, economic justice, racial justice, indigenous, environmental and community organizations announced support Thursday for the Green New Deal.