Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel

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Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

The Green New Deal is an outline of objectives to transition the U.S.to 100 percent renewable energy in roughly 10 years.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", Pelosi said. Pelosi also named the nine Democratic members of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis - and notably left Ocasio-Cortez off the list.

"One reason that people are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don't like", host Steve Inskeep asked.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said.

Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal". That's because her plan is a document full of farfetched and unreasonable demands.

"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.

Freshman progressives and other Democrats who have come to support the Green New Deal were frustrated when it was previously revealed the committee would lack much of the power that other congressional committees possess. "Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Jared Huffman of California, Mike Levin of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado".

The document, unveiled by rising political star Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey, marks the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define potential legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transition the USA economy away from fossil fuels.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wages and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

"Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America", Ocasio-Cortez said.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030.

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