O’Rourke signals support for ‘concept’ of Green New Deal

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) signaled his support for the “concept” of the Green New Deal, making him the latest high-profile Democrat to get behind the progressive idea.

Chris Evans, spokesman for O’Rourke’s unsuccessful Senate campaign, told HuffPost that O’Rourke is “supportive of the concept” of a Green New Deal.

“[He] is looking forward to engaging more on the issue as it continues to develop,” Evans said in an email to HuffPost. “As he mentioned while traveling to every county across Texas during his senate campaign, he’s proud to come from a renewable energy producing state that is number one in wind power production, number one in wind power jobs and number one in solar energy potential.”

The Green New Deal was popularized by progressive Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Bronx restaurants thank Ocasio-Cortez for her endorsements MORE (N.Y.) in recent months and has been supported by 2020 presidential candidates, with Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAbigail Disney: 'We're creating a super-class' of rich people Is Big Tech biased? The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE telling Axios that she supports the idea.

O’Rourke is seen as a possible 2020 presidential candidate who could do well in a challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE.

The former El Paso congressman lost a close Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R), creating national buzz in the process.

The Green New Deal is seen as a litmus test for Democrat candidates hoping to win the progressive base.

The Green New Deal is viewed as a plan to confront the impact of global climate change, calling for massive investments in renewable energy jobs and a shift in energy dependence away from fossil fuels.

The name harkens back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” hoping to emulate a government-driven stimulus of jobs in the clean-energy industry.