“The biggest win is it’s on the radar,” Greg Carlock, one of the directors of the think tank Data for Progress, which has put out its own proposal for a Green New Deal, told the Washington Post on Thursday.
“The next win is we have a committee on which we can discuss it,” Carlock added, referring to the U.S. House Committee on the Climate Crisis, which some progressives have criticized as Pelosi’s “weak” replacement for the version envisioned in Ocasio-Cortez’s draft.
However, as Carlock noted, it still provides an opportunity to push the idea forward. “We now have a space we didn’t have three months ago. It is on the agenda,” he said. “Presidential candidates are going to be asked if it is on their agenda. That is good.”
Although the details of Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s plan aren’t yet public, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)—another vocal supporter of the Green New Deal backed by climate campaigners—told MPR News this week that the broad proposal has enough support to pass the Democratically-controlled U.S. House.
“I’m one who is urging my colleagues to really take this opportunity to not just issue resolutions and talking points, but for us to actually put a real bill on the table and to allow us to have a real conversation on this issue,” Omar said. Opposition to the proposal, she added, often comes from Republicans and those worried about changes in their daily lives.
“We will hear from folks who say, ‘I can’t drive my big truck,’ or, you know, ‘My family has been in this line of work for many generations,'” she said. “And for us it’s about making sure that we’re having a conversation with them about what it means to sustain a future for their children and their grandchildren.”
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