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-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz MORE (N.Y.) in recent months and has been supported by 2020 presidential candidates, with Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE.

The former El Paso congressman lost a close Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame 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.