Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) is pressing for a debate on the substance of her "Green New Deal" resolution after her staff distributed an erroneous fact sheet on the proposal, leading to confusion over a plan backed by many of the leading candidates of the Democratic Party president.
Ocasio-Cortez staff posted online and sent reporters a list of "frequently asked questions" about the Green New Deal. Those pages included language and policies that were not included in the resolution, such as providing economic security to those who "are not willing to work" and discarding nuclear energy as part of the solution to the climate crisis.
More than 70 Democrats in the House of Representatives and 12 Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Ocasio-Cortez in the revelation of the Green New Deal resolution that calls for a massive employment program to prevent climate change, with the goal of a huge investment in "sources of clean, renewable energy and without emissions" "In the next 10 years.
The declared presidential candidates, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (DN.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) have pledged their support for the text of the Green New Deal resolution, as expected by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). None of the legislators or candidates signed the Frequently Asked Questions section, which was prepared by the Ocasio-Cortez staff to explain the resolution of the Green New Deal separately, but which was released prematurely accidentally with an unfinished language.
"A first draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that does not represent the resolution of GND was posted on the website by mistake," wrote Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff at Ocasio-Cortez, on Twitter on Saturday, two days after the publication of the document. launching. "Errors happen when time releases like this are made, coordinating multiple groups and collaborators."
The confusion over the document complicated the implementation of the Green New Deal plan, as more than a dozen media outlets, particularly in the conservative media, reported on policies on the Frequently Asked Questions page that the signatories of the resolution have not agreed to support. . A Democrat from the House of Representatives, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk about internal discussions, said he and other liberal members have expressed their frustration in private over the publication of the FAQ page.
CNBC He reported that the Green New Deal would offer "economic security" to the "not willing to work" in its headline, while Bloomberg and The Washington Post columnists criticized the plan based on the policies described in the FAQ sheet.
Climate activists have tried to lure Democrats to the concept of a Green New Deal to decarbonise the US economy and at the same time greatly expand the role of government to improve the economy and strengthen the social safety net. The plan calls for a 10-year "national mobilization" that requires new electrical and electrical networks, reconditioning of "all existing buildings" in the United States, and high-speed rail and public transportation.
The Green New Deal resolution requires the federal government to achieve net greenhouse gas emissions with a "just and equitable transition" for all communities and workers, including by creating millions of high-paying jobs, health care and housing for all, a sustainable environment, and huge investments in infrastructure.
The FAQ sheet went beyond the resolution in some places, making choices that the resolution avoids. The frequently asked questions sheet, for example, says that the Green New Deal "would not include the creation of new nuclear plants," while the resolution does not address that question.
In a press conference that revealed the plan, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senate Cosponsors of the resolution, told E & E News: "The resolution does not say anything about any individual technology that could lead us to a solution of this. " problem . . That is not part of the resolution. "
The FAQ page also indicated that the United States should guarantee "economic security for all who can not or do not want to work." The official resolution demands economic security for all Americans.
In the fall, the main scientific body studying climate change discovered that the world had to take "unprecedented" measures to reduce carbon levels, and that the globe was about to warm up by 1.5 degrees centigrade (2, 7 degrees Fahrenheit) on pre-industrial levels. The scientists called the report a "deafening and piercing smoke alarm that is activated in the kitchen."
Stronger natural disasters, including wildfires, have devastated US communities. UU From the west, while the hurricanes have destroyed the cities of the Atlantic Coast and the territory of the USA. UU From Puerto Rico. Internationally, the melting of Himalayan glaciers due to climate change threatens hundreds of millions of people in Asia, as coral reefs that support some of the most productive fisheries in the United States are at risk of being destroyed .
The Trump administration has not proposed a comprehensive agenda to address climate change. It has dismantled some initiatives supported by the previous administration to control the growth of greenhouse gases, and President Trump has repeatedly questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is happening, driven by human activity and represents a threat to health human and welfare.
Trump tweeted the criticism of the Green New Deal over the weekend, while also wrongly suggesting the possibility of snowing in Minnesota in February during the announcement of the presidential candidacy of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). The case was reduced to combat climate change.
On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez said that people should stop paying attention to the Frequently Asked Questions document, which was then removed from the congresswoman's website. "The point is that the true one is our resolution sent," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, with a link to the resolution itself. He added: "When I talk about the GND, this is what I mean, nothing more."
All but one Democratic senator running for president approved the Green New Deal resolution, although none had seen the frequently asked questions circulating on the day of the launch. Some were asked about the frequent questions this weekend.
After a stop in Iowa, he was asked what he could say to a farmer who was seeing reports that the resolution would prevent him from raising cows or using gasoline, Booker said the "narrative" was not something he would get tangled with.
"I have supported the framework and the resolution, but I do not support doing things that are going to hurt independent family farmers," Booker said. "In any case, I want people to know that we can have a green future." that is in no way contrary to a strong economy, but actually creates a stronger economy. "
The confusion was compounded by Robert Hockett, a Cornell professor who acted as external Advisor to Ocasio-Cortez in the Green New Deal. Hockett told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that the document asking for help from those who were not willing to work had been "manipulated" and produced by someone who was not Ocasio-Cortez.
That was not true, since Hockett thought that Carlson was referring to a parody of the Green New Deal circulated by right-wing activists on Twitter.
Republicans have begun to confuse support with the New Green Agreement, either the resolution or the concept, as support for the more extreme elements in the Frequently Asked Questions. In a news explosion that attacked Klobuchar, the RNC said that "Milk producers in the Midwest will not love the" war against the cows "in the Green New Deal, a plan she endorsed."
Chakrabarti, the congresswoman's chief of staff, wrote on Twitter about the "unwillingness to work" provision in the FAQ section: "We were thinking essentially about pensions and retirement security, eg" economic security for a coal miner who has spent 40 years of his life building the energy infrastructure of this country, but who may not be willing to change this at the end of his career. "
In an interview, Chakrabarti also stressed that the key was to focus on the broader plan to prevent climate change that poses an existential threat to millions of people around the world.
"The most important thing here is that we now have more than 70 Democrats from the House of Representatives and each of the leading presidential candidates on board calling for a gigantic transformation of our economy," Chakrabarti said in an interview. "People are trying to divert attention from the big picture to these little typographical errors."