Last Thursday, progressive Democrats unveiled a plan to "transform" the US economy to combat climate change with a "10-year national mobilization" to shift away from fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources.
The Green New Deal doesn't entirely halt the use of coal or oil, but seeks to offset that pollution through increasing forests, which absorb carbon dioxide.
Several of the 2020 presidential contenders have come out in support of the measure, but McConnell is eager to see which of them "go on record" with it.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, has also supported the Green New Deal, which calls for reducing auto and plane travel. Elizabeth Warren - all of whom have declared they will run for the Democrat nominee in the 2020 presidential race.
"I don't need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics", he told reporters.
It's a favor that most Senate Democrats probably do not appreciate. The Republican-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also meant to put prominent liberals on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver. Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate USA greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. "The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".
Other Republicans are prepared to watch with glee. "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". "Even when it comes down to something like air travel ... that means the government is going to be telling people where they can fly to and where they can't".
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