February 7, 2019

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Nancy Pelosi on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “Green New Deal” mantra:

Pelosi’s efforts have paid off with Ocasio-Cortez, especially. The freshmen superstar told NPR on Wednesday that Pelosi has “done a really good job so far,” even as Pelosi has sidestepped one of the left’s top priorities — a “Green New Deal.”

Progressives had demanded a special climate panel tasked specifically with drafting legislation to end the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels in just over a decade and transform the economy.

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. Pelosi said Wednesday, however, the panel would not be tasked with writing a specific bill, and brushed off the idea of the Green New Deal as a “suggestion.”

“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi said. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”

I think what Pelosi means that we’ll have to pass the “Green New Deal” in order to find out what’s in it. But don’t worry — I’m sure that if you like your car and air conditioning, you can keep your car and air conditioning.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): I might support the “Green New Deal” if it includes my plan to ban air conditioning in Washington, DC.

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