The chief of staff of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently admitted that the Green New Deal was not designed as an effort to combat climate change, but rather as a "how to change the entire economy" – a remark likely to fuel Republican claims that this deal is nothing more than a barely veiled socialist takeover of the US economy.
"What's interesting about the Green New Deal, is that it's not at all a climate affair," Saikat Chakrabarti said in May, according to the Washington Post.
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He reportedly made the remarks to Sam Ricketts, climate director for 2020, and Washington governor Jay Inslee, who, according to the Post, praised the statement with "an attentive poker face."
"Do you think climate is a climate issue?" Chakrabarti asked. "Because we really think of it as a way to change the whole economy."
The Green New Deal, which was once an idea on the far left of the Democratic Party, has garnered significant support from the general public this year. Several Top 2020 contenders then signed their candidacy for a non-binding resolution proposed by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
Ocasio-Cortez described the agreement as a "war-only economic mobilization plan aimed at achieving 100% renewable energy." This plan, which would cost billions of dollars, sees the United States playing "a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation."
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He goes on to say that "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization of unprecedented magnitude since the Second World War and the New Deal" is an opportunity to tackle the systemic injustices of the world. minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and "ensure unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security to all US residents."
Its objectives include net emissions of greenhouse gases, job creation, massive investment in infrastructure, a guarantee of clean water and food, and "access to nature". He calls on the government to modernize its energy buildings and energy sources.
But, perhaps alluding to what Chakrabarti said, it also includes a job guarantee plan guaranteeing "all persons" in the United States a salary to support the family, a family leave and medical, paid vacation and retirement security.
Republicans reacted enthusiastically to the Green New Deal, viewing it as an example of the distance traveled by the Democratic Party, citing a FAQ from the AOC office saying that this deal would make air travel obsolete and give economic security to those who do work. "He also talked about getting rid of" farting the cows ". Her office then distanced herself from this FAQ, claiming that she had been published by mistake and that she was "unfinished".
The agreement failed in the Senate after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Put it to a test vote, with dozens of Democrats voting "present."
"I could not be happier that the American people have the opportunity to learn exactly where each of their senators is on the" Green New Deal ": a radical, downward, socialist change in the world. the entire US economy, "McConnell said. said before the vote.
In the conversation reported by the Post, Ricketts was uncertain about Chakrabarti's statement.
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"Yes," Ricketts said, before saying "no".
"I think … it's double. Both are part of the climate-related existential challenge and are building a more prosperous economy. More sustainability in this prosperity – and more broadly shared prosperity, fairness and justice in all. "
Chakrabarti would have congratulated Ricketts for the work of his team in developing a "comprehensive plan", but then added, "I'll be honest, I still think you're not big enough."