Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, published the details of the "Green New Deal" proposal and a "frequently asked questions" section on February 5, then pulled them from her website on February 7.
Ocasio-Cortez said the plan addresses the growing frustration among young people who feel that more needs to be done to fight global warming.
Although the removed fact sheet may have led to some confusion about what exactly was in the Green New Deal, neither the deleted page nor the official bill contained any mention of "recycled urine". Co-sponsors in the Senate include 2020 contenders such as California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Justice Democrats executive director Alex Rojas agreed, declaring that "Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster".
"I view it favorably", another said, while one more added, "it's definitely a great idea".
Calling climate change "a national emergency", Buttigieg said the concept matched "a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent". The proponents of the deal aim to phase the country off fossil fuels and nuclear energy in 10 years.
But at least one of the chief policy architects of the resolution isn't looking to make other proposals look good; he's trying to make other Democrats look bad.