Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave a spirited reading of her entire 14 page “Green New Deal” on the congressional floor.
The progressive lawmaker declared “I have decided that since some of my colleagues across the aisle could not for some reason read the resolution, that perhaps this hour would be spent best reading it to them.”
Per TheHill, the Green New Deal seeks to move the U.S. toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while putting a focus on “good, high-wage jobs.” It offers a wide range of policy proposals, including an entirely renewable energy-driven power grid, investments in high-speed railroads and support for family farming.
Ocasio-Cortez prefaced her reading by pointing to data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations research group that has released catastrophic projections on the unchecked effects of man-made climate change.
She noted that the issue was not brought up once at the presidential primary debate in South Carolina on Tuesday night.
“As I was preparing for this evening, I would be remiss but to say that last night we had a national Democratic debate and not a single question was asked about our climate crisis,” the New York Democrat said.