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White House blasts Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal: ‘Central planning disaster’

Stefani Reynolds

The White House lambasted the Green New Deal climate resolution spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) this week slamming it as a “central planning disaster” and “a roadmap to destroy the American Economy.”

White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement to The Hill that President Trump “has vowed that America would never be socialist, and this administration will fight this central planning disaster,” adding that the plan was a “roadmap to destroy the American Economy.” 

{mosads}Politico first reported Deere’s comments regarding the resolution.

Ocasio-Cortez introduced a resolution on Thursday that would push the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions through the economy. 

The proposal has a goal of creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs” by working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. 

“Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation,” the resolution reads. 

The proposal says that the plan would include resilience building, a completely renewable-energy driven power grid, updating “smart” power grids and increasing building energy efficiency. The proposal also includes a commitment that all future infrastructure bills would specifically address climate change.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a companion proposal in the Senate.

The proposal has faced backlash from some on the right, who criticize it as a radical pipe dream rather than an achievable climate goal. 

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