Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Trick-or-dog-treat: Lawmakers hold annual Halloween puppy party Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal MORE is ripping her fellow Democrats for failing to take up her proposed special climate change committee called the Green New Deal because it was deemed "too controversial."
Ocasio-Cortez in a Twitter thread Monday blamed House leadership for rejecting the idea behind the Green New Deal, which aimed to create a plan to get the country on a 100 percent renewable energy electric grid.
"A few weeks ago, I joined youth activists in a specific demand for a Green New Deal Committee. It had 3 simple elements: 1. No fossil fuel money on climate cmte 2. Offer solutions for impacted communities 3. Draft sample
#GreenNewDeal All 3 were rejected as “too controversial," she tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to tweets asking her to name the person who labeled the committee controversial.
Future House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-Calif.) announced Monday that Rep. Kathy CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne CastorHouse climate panel chair: 'We just don't have any more time to waste' Senators gear up for bipartisan grilling of Facebook execs Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Manchin expresses his misgivings MORE (D-Fla.) will chair a different special committee on climate change they are calling the Select Committee on Climate Crisis.
The announcement was met with heavy skepticism from progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, who sought a committee that would be made up of members who promised to reject donations from the fossil fuel industry and would work on legislation to help the economy by transitioning the U.S. electric grid to be run on clean energy.
Castor has previously told reporters that she would not make members on the committee commit to rejecting fossil fuel donations--citing their first amendment rights.
It's also anticipated that the new committee will lack legislative authority and subpoena power.
In DC + even in our own party, it‘s apparently too controversial to ask that we keep oil+gas co’s away from enviro policy.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 31, 2018
It’s too controversial to talk about the socioeconomics of Flint, WV, PR & the Bronx.
It’s too controversial to plan for disasters that are already here.
More than 43 Democratic House members have since announced their support for the Green New Deal committee.
While she did "applaud" the creation of the new select committee that will focus on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez argued that the committee will be weak without subpoena power.
“There is still time to strengthen it,” she said. “For all our sake, I hope that we do.”