Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) spoke out strongly in support of the Green New Deal from the Senate floor on Wednesday, as Democratic supporters of the legislation look to convince more members to back the proposal.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Markey are co-sponsors of the bill, introduced earlier this month, and have been active advocates for the passage of the Green New Deal and its long term benefits on the environment.
On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez urged that climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed now, tweeting, “Climate delayers aren’t much better than climate deniers. With either one if they get their way, we’re toast.”
Climate delayers aren’t much better than climate deniers.
With either one if they get their way, we’re toast. https://t.co/Do0WJRfG56
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2019
Markey followed suit and spoke out on the dangers of climate change on the Senate floor on Wednesday, stating his confidence that the current body of Congress must act on climate change or it will become a top campaign issue for the 2020 presidential elections.
“I think ultimately something’s rising up across this country,” he said in his speech. “Young people especially, they know it’s time for the revolution.”
“They know it’s time to close the door on this era, where all we do is indiscriminately use the atmosphere as a sewer for all of this carbon, all of these greenhouse gases.”
Watch the video below:
.@SenMarkey makes the case for the Green New Deal on the Senate floor.
"But I think ultimately, something's rising up across this country. Young people especially, they know it's time for the revolution." pic.twitter.com/QKST91yK9L
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) February 28, 2019
Markey painted a picture of a planet in crisis:
“This generation knows that this planet is running a fever. There are no emergency rooms for planets and it’s going to take action in this body in order to put the policies in place, in order to preserve this planet and hand it on better than we found it.”
The debate was met with expected criticism from Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), who claimed, “Actually, implementing this ‘so-called’ Green New Deal would involve taking money, not just from the well-off, but from working families in this country.”
Thune attempted to brand the Green New Deal as a “Democrat’s socialist fantasies,” and suggested that the bill would make America more of a socialist country stating, socialism “comes with less freedom, fewer choices, less control of your own destiny.”