This Democrat Just Proved McConnell's Point About the Green New Deal

Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks at a rally in Brunswick Ohio Jan. 30

The Washington Post's Robert Costa tweeted Tuesday morning: "McConnell is considering taking up the green new deal for a vote in the Senate as a way to rattle Sen Dems, per a McConnell aide here at the [Capitol]".

"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in a statement after McConnell's announcement. "Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim over the weekend that the FAQ, sent to news outlets such as NPR and uploaded on her congressional website, is not really part of the Green New Deal's policy proposals".

But, confident that the calculated ploy will backfire on the GOP, climate groups and progressive lawmakers are telling the Republican leader: "Bring it on".

House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said McConnell's move to vote on the resolution would simply be a messaging tactic for Republicans and an opportunity to rail about "creeping socialism". It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. The Senate will vote on new climate change legislation known as the Green New Deal, McConnell told reporters. -Sunrise Movement " This vote forces every member of the Senate to make a choice: will you vote for a plan to guarantee every American clean air and water, a stable climate, and a good job? Many are also saying the deal would severely hurt the economy.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020.

On top of polls showing the Green New Deal is extremely popular, Nwanevu pointed to another survey showing "that 66 percent of Americans want to see action on climate change, with a 45 percent plurality favoring "immediate" action".

While a number of Senate Democrats have endorsed the Green New Deal, including some who have declared presidential bids for 2020, others have exercised more caution when asked if they will support the measure.

It's no wonder McConnell seemed uncharacteristically gleeful when he said he'd be bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate for a vote. "I see it as a jumpstart".

"Those are the only two things that are out there that actually deal with carbon on what Secretary Moniz called large-scale successes", he told E&E News, referencing testimony by former Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week (E&E Daily, Feb. 8).

Trent, the spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, predicted the Green New Deal gambit would backfire on Republicans. "So, look, the political stunts are not going to get us anywhere".

Noting his own state's mix of fossil fuels and renewables, Cramer said he's anxious to explore some energy deals with Democrats.

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