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Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Pointing to exploding inequality and increasingly terrifying warnings from the global scientific community about the human-caused climate crisis, George Goehl of People's Action also welcomed it as a chance to "ensure that these same communities are first in line to reap the benefits of the economic opportunities harnessed by a game-changing commitment to ending all extraction and dirty energy". Among the proposals initially listed in the plan were moving away completely from oil, coal, and natural gas within ten years, creating a high-speed rail system to help eliminate air travel, and renovating every home in America. They also mocked the botched roll-out of the half-baked initiative, where the draft document published by "mistake" featured some mind-boggling passages like the one offering economic security for all who are "unwilling to work".

And from a list of eight popular Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez attracted the second highest overall traffic, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, between when she was sworn in on January 3 and February 10 on the websites within Parse.ly's network.

However, Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, admitted that the FAQ shared with NPR and posted on Ocasio-Cortez's website was incomplete.

As the FAQ debacle was unfolding, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips journeyed to the campus of the University of Miami to ask students how they felt about AOC's plan to combat climate change and, in the process, restructure the entire economy.

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Thanks to the tireless work of young people who have fought to shift political conversations about climate and the economy, Sunrise Movement co-founder and executive director Varshini Prakash pointed out in a statement, the Green New Deal is now "on the national agenda" and endorsed by many Democrats running for president in 2020. "I think that we need to cut our reliance on fossil fuels", said one student. "And so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're going to get close to meeting the mark".

"It doesn't sound like something I would be behind".

"I think 10 years is a little extreme".