Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes for a Green New Deal in Congress


The plan has already received the endorsements of Democrat presidential candidates, like Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris but, for others, it has turned heads for its drastic approach to fighting climate change. 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".

Ocasio-Cortez reacted to widespread ridicule by removing the FAQ from her congressional website by Thursday afternoon.

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.

Since its unveiling, the plan has garnered noticeable support from young Americans on social media.

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform ventured to the University of Miami to discuss Ocasio-Cortez's plan with students and gauge their thoughts on the deal.

One student's initial perception of the deal was that it was "progressive" and would help "push the world forward".

The Green New Deal resolution, outlining the core tenets of what should be included in future legislation, arrived to considerable fanfare, dramatically shifting the terms of the climate policy debate away from carbon pricing schemes toward the kind of aggressive government action scientists say matches the scale of the problem.

"I think if we didn't do that, then we're gonna be killing ourselves basically, so we need to take care of ourselves", a different student said. He said climate change is a "national emergency", but stopped short of calling it a swift end all, be all of manufacturing practices in the United States, as many opposed to it have painted it to be. Another added, "sometimes you need to take extreme measures to save the environment, but I think this is too extreme".

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

"I think that's drastic." the next student conceded. "I'd like to see them actually have to vote on it", he told Politico.