Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

Congressional Republicans don't have a plan to tackle climate change - an issue voters across the political spectrum now agree needs to be addressed - but it only took a weekend for the GOP to come up with a response to the Green New Deal proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey.

The odd provision seemingly requiring men to recycle their urine to be used in preparing coffee or juice was not a genuine section of the Green New Deal.

Hockett replied that this was some sort of "doctored document" and that Ocasio-Cortez has "actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets".

"It's definitely a great idea".

"Just from knowing, like, who's endorsed it and some, like, other little things, it sounds great".

"I think one way that the right does try to mischaracterize what we're doing, as though it's like some kind of massive Government takeover", she told MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview. Global warming is a threat to the planet.

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"I think if we didn't do that, then we're gonna be killing ourselves basically, so we need to take care of ourselves", a different student said.

One of the talking points included language promising economic security for even those "unwilling to work" - something that caught the ears of conservatives who claim entitlement programs stifle work productivity (there's not much evidence to this effect).

"Anything that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels is really important", agreed another.

Calling climate change "a national emergency", Buttigieg said the concept matched "a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent".

But when asked by Phillips about the Green New Deal's ultimate goals of eliminating all use of fossil fuels, including natural gas, in the next decade and other radical elements, the students' enthusiasm about the plan quickly dwindled. The document was later removed by Ocasio-Cortez's office, yet the host still asked why people should pay for those unwilling to work.

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