In what appears to be one of the most epic rebukes in recent political history, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the names of Democrats who will be on the party’s new House climate change committee and one name was glaringly omitted.
Hint: her initials are AOC.
Yes, that would be socialist sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who is expected to soon announce the details of her “New Green Deal” which is being heralded as a cure to all of the woes of the environment, the oppressed victim class and would put the United States on a track to eliminate fossil fuels in a decade and replace them with totally renewable energy sources.
Oh, and it will eliminate racism too.
The news came out on Thursday morning that the panel would be comprised of adults led by Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor who has already clashed with a woman who was not that long ago slinging beers as a bartender at a Mexican restaurant where she honed her revolutionary rhetoric by testing it out on inebriated patrons.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 7, 2019
Via The Hill, “Pelosi names Dems to new climate panel — but not AOC”:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday named eight Democrats to the new special climate change committee, but freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) was not among them.
The panel, which is charged with examining climate change and steps to mitigate it, will include lawmakers with a wide range of tenures. Three of those Democratic members will be freshmen.
“This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi said in a statement. “It will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”
The Democratic members are Reps. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.), Julia Brownley (Calif.), Sean Casten (Ill.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), A. Donald McEachin (Va.) and Joseph Neguse (Colo.).
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to a request for comment Thursday on the new committee’s roster or whether she sought a seat on the panel. Pelosi’s office did not respond to an inquiry about whether Ocasio-Cortez had requested or was offered a seat.
Pelosi previously named Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to be chairwoman of the committee.
AOC, who was last seen acting like a temperamental spoiled brat who scowled through the State Of The Union address, must be steaming although the official line is that her omission was that she declined a seat on a panel that will garner lots of friendly media attention in the run-up to 2020.
Meanwhile, Americans For Tax Reform is out with some of the details from Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist scheme and they are right out of Fantasyland.
How will the Green New Deal be paid for? Don’t worry about that! Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t provide any deals either: https://t.co/kgOFLa49dz
— ATR (@taxreformer) February 7, 2019
According to ATR, “Green New Deal: “Air Travel Stops Becoming Necessary””:
This morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released an overview of her “Green New Deal” which threatens “a massive transformation of our society.”
Below are the details of the proposal.
Rebuild every single building in the U.S.
“Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.”
Will end all traditional forms of energy in the next ten years.
The Green New Deal is “a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.”
Plans to ban nuclear energy within 10 years if possible.
“It’s unclear if we will be able to decommission every nuclear plant within 10 years, but the plan is to transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible.”
Build trains across oceans and end all air travel!
“Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary”.
Don’t invest in new technology of Carbon Capture and Storage, just plant trees instead!
“We believe the right way to capture carbon is to plant trees and restore our natural ecosystems. CCUS technology to date has not proven effective.”
Mandates all new jobs be unionized.
“Ensure that all GND jobs are union jobs that pay prevailing wages and hire local.”
How much will it cost?
No estimate of the total cost of implementing the Green New deal is offered by Ocasio-Cortez.
Perhaps Pelosi is just distancing herself from the coming ridicule over the Green New Deal although it’s more likely that many of the House Dems who have had their feet stepped on by the outlandish interloper are reluctant to work with her.
Either way, the omission of AOC from the committee could be a sign that the Dems are getting close to Peak AOC and could be looking to shove her into the background before she severely hamstrings their plans to regain the presidency next year.