EPA chief knocks Green New Deal: 'Not really ready for prime time'

Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler knocked the Green New Deal and its rollout as "not really ready for prime time."

"I've read the resolution that they put out. I've also read the fact sheet that they later disavowed. I'd say probably the rollout was not really ready for prime time," Wheeler said in an interview with ABC that aired Wednesday.

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"But, I am concerned that they really don't seem to value a stable electricity source, grid reliability and for human health and the environment here at the agency, I have to be very concerned about that because it's the electricity system that supplies our drinking water system that runs it."

Wheeler was referring to a Green New Deal FAQ sheet that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just 'Cortez' because it 'takes too much time' to say full name MORE (D-N.Y.)'s office sent out to multiple outlets, including The Hill.

It included provisions about eliminating air travel, acknowledged it couldn't stop cow flatulence and guaranteed economic security for those who are “unable or unwilling to work.” 

Ocasio-Cortez later clarified that the official stances of the Green New Deal are in the resolution that she introduced with Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei Senators press FTC over 'woefully inadequate' Facebook settlement Head of miners union calls Green New Deal's main goal 'almost impossible' MORE (D-Mass.) earlier this month and the FAQ sheet was sent out in error.

The proposal is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within the next 10 years while also creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs.”

It specifically outlines plans to build or upgrade to "energy-efficient, distributed, and 'smart’ power grids" as well as "ensuring affordable access to electricity." 

The Green New Deal resolution also highlights the importance of improving energy infrastructure and "guaranteeing universal access to clean water."