The battle between two members of Congress on opposite sides of the political aisle to address the topic of climate change is reportedly heating up.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) “Green New Deal” — which could cost $93 trillion over 10 years — has been criticized by Republican lawmakers, and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is looking to push it out.
In an effort to counter the Green New Deal, which was introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Gaetz is drafting a resolution called the “Green Real Deal,” according to Politico.
From a draft copy Politico obtained, it “acknowledges climate change as a threat to national security and says the government should promote innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it does not set any targets for future carbon cuts and calls for keeping the door open to all types of energy production,” Politico reported.
Part of the resolution’s “DELIBERATIVE DRAFT” states:
“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.”
“It is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green Real Deal,” the resolution’s draft states.
“Climate change is real,” Gaetz previously wrote on Twitter. “Humans contribute.”
Climate change is real. Humans contribute.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 12, 2019
The Senate is expected to vote on the Green New Deal next week — part of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) efforts in making everyone “go on record” on the resolution.
The GOP’s whole game of wasting votes in Congress to target others “on the record”, for leg they have no intent to pass, is a disgrace.
Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for. https://t.co/ELzpQhlezo
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 23, 2019
As for where President Donald Trump stands on the Green New Deal resolution, in a Fox News exclusive interview aired on Friday he called it the “most preposterous thing.” He also thought it would be an “easy” idea to “beat” on the campaign trail, as IJR Red reported.