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Nancy Pelosi Is Not On Board With Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not sold on New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” that’s become a rallying point for Democratic presidential hopefuls and progressive lawmakers.

In an interview, Pelosi brushed off the “Green New Deal” as a suggestion, not a serious part of House Democrats’ agenda. However, the California Democrat called global warming her “flagship” issue. (RELATED: What’s Really Motivating The ‘Green New Deal’? Ocasio-Cortez Straight Up Told Us)

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

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, introduced the House version of the “Green New Deal” Thursday, and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Several Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls backed Markey’s resolution.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Jan. 3, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The “Green New Deal” bill calls for “10-year national mobilizations” aimed at fighting global warming, according to a copy of the bill obtained by NPR, including for the U.S. to get all its energy from renewables — though the bill itself doesn’t make that distinction.

However, the resolution has zero chance of passing, and it’s unclear it would even get enough support from Democratic lawmakers.

Pelosi oversaw the failure of cap-and-trade legislation in 2010, so she wants any future comprehensive global warming bill to have broader support in both chambers of Congress.

“This time it has to be Congress-wide,” Pelosi told Politico.

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