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Dem Leadership, Progressives Clash Over Climate Change Bills

Far-left liberals continue their push for the Green New Deal, a legislative quagmire Nancy Pelosi is doing her best to avoid.

By NTK Staff | 05.01.2019 @3:00pm
Dem Leadership, Progressives Clash Over Climate Change Bills

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the far-left liberals in her caucus are once again butting heads over plans to introduce legislation to address climate change.

To head off progressives who are calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. infrastructure and energy sectors, Pelosi plans to introduce a bill this week that stops the Trump administration from fully withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. joined that accord during the Obama presidency.

But far-left liberals, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), are decidedly not enthused by Pelosi’s middle-of-the-road approach.

“The idea that we can just reintroduce 2009 policies is not reflective of action that is necessary for now in the world of today,” said Ocasio-Cortez. The New York lawmaker said “there is no harm in passing” the Paris bill, but she still backs the bolder action called for in her Green New Deal, which conservatives have derided as a socialist manifesto.

If Pelosi moves forward with her bill, it could receive a vote by the end of the week.

It’s likely that Pelosi is introducing this bill largely for political reasons to protect her party’s newest members, many of whom won seats in Trump-won districts. In theory, those Democrats could vote for Pelosi’s bill to block Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement, a more popular provision, while latervoting against a Green New Deal bill, which is far more extreme and less popular among American voters.

But the party’s far-left liberals have no interest in playing politics on this issue. “Simply put, it’s the junior varsity bill,” one California liberal told Bloomberg News. “It’s nice but extremely insufficient.”

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