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John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push

John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans The purposeful is political: Gen Z bowls over their doubters MORE (D-Ga.) is among a new group of lawmakers pledging support for incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed plan to address climate change.

Lewis is the most high-profile lawmaker to back Ocasio-Cortez's call for a "Green New Deal," which calls for Democrats to craft a climate action plan that pushes for a 100 percent renewable energy economy.

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In addition to Lewis, Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter MORE (Ore.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyGSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition Biden aide: First Cabinet picks will be announced Tuesday, GSA holdup preventing background checks Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump MORE (N.Y.), José Serrano (N.Y.), as well as Reps.-elect Joe Neguse (Colo.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) also just signed onto the proposal, according to Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group.

Varshini Prakash, the founder of Sunrise Movement, said in a statement that the group is "honored" to have Lewis's support for the plan.

“Few can better understand the relentless work to push our nation to achieve it’s highest ideals than John Lewis," Prakash said. "He knows that disrupting the status quo is how change happens. His activism and integrity inspire us to believe we can win."

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Calif.) and incoming Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have also backed the plan, according to Politico.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez joined members of the youth-led groups Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats for a sit-in outside of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's (D-Calif.) office on Capitol Hill, where the protesters called for action on climate change.

Activists have called Pelosi's plan to revive the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming a "toothless" proposal. They say restarting the committee doesn't go far enough and are calling for the committee to push for an ambitious agenda to address climate change.

In addition to transitioning to a 100 percent renewable energy economy, the "Green New Deal" would also include building a national "smart" grid, making "green" technology a major export for the U.S. and decarbonizing the manufacturing and agricultural industries.