Ocasio-Cortez touts 'Green New Deal' for clean energy

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Published on February 7, 2019 - Duration: 02:03s

Ocasio-Cortez touts 'Green New Deal' for clean energy

Rising Democratic star Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a "Green New Deal" to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, setting a high bar for Democrats, who plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

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Ocasio-Cortez touts 'Green New Deal' for clean energy

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Rising Democratic star Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a "Green New Deal" to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, setting a high bar for Democrats, who plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.

The resolution is the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define the scale of legislation to create large-scale government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transform the U.S. economy.

The platform outlines more-aggressive climate and socioeconomic goals than sweeping climate change legislation introduced by Markey a decade ago, which passed in the House but stopped short in the Senate.

"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity," according to a summary of the resolution released by the lawmakers on Thursday.

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