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Democrats on Thursday laid out a "Green New Deal" that would eliminate US greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, an effort to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

Which is to say: the Green New Deal framework combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch almost every American and overhaul the economy. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?" She did not "consider that to be a dismissive term".

The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez said.

"We hope that all of the committees of jurisdiction will be very involved", she said.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us", she told NPR's "Morning Edition" in an interview that aired Thursday.

"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there". It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole goal of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal. Pelosi also named her Democratic members who will be on the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, with Ocasio-Cortez's name noticeably absent.

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The California Democrat did agree to launch a select committee on climate change, similar to the one she created back in 2007, when she first became speaker.

In drafting the proposal, Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow progressive lawmakers appear to have envisioned that the trillions of dollars in new government spending it would require would be financed entirely on credit.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

The freshman congresswoman, along with Sen.

The House resolution has nine co-sponsors and climate champion Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA will introduce companion legislation in the Senate, according to the letter.

It also reportedly outlines the resolution's goals, including the creation of "millions of good, high-wage jobs" and the promotion of "justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities".

The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices". Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it.

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