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GREEN NEW DEAL COMES OUT WITH A BANG: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse passes bill to avert shutdown Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced a new climate change resolution with aims to bring the progressive Green New Deal to life legislatively and push the U.S. to take a lead role in reducing carbon emissions through the economy.

The proposal, titled "Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal," has a goal of creating millions of "good, high-wage jobs" by striving for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Democratic senator calls for eliminating filibuster, expanding Supreme Court if GOP fills vacancy MORE (D-Mass.) is introducing a companion proposal in the upper chamber.

The legislation offers a natural transition for Ocasio-Cortez, who before even formally entering office championed the idea of a Green New Deal as the basis for creating a special committee on climate change.

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Engaging in a sit-in at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare House lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill MORE's (D-Calif.) office with members of the youth climate advocacy group the Sunrise Movement, Ocasio-Cortez pushed to make climate change a main focus of the Democratic Party as they took back control of the House.

Her proposed special committee was ultimately rejected by Democratic leaders, who opted instead for a panel on climate crisis that lacks legislative and subpoena power.

Pelosi on Thursday announced the names of eight members of Congress who will sit on that panel. Ocasio-Cortez is not one of them.

The resolution aims to continue the tenants of that committee, priming congressional leaders to accept the dire climate situation as laid out in this November's United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that the world has 12 years to reverse emissions trends in order to thwart irreversible global warming.

"Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation," the resolution reads.

The proposal says that accomplishing the plan would take a 10 year "national mobilization" and would include resilience building, a 100 percent renewable-energy driven power grid, updating "smart" power grids and increasing building energy efficiency. Buried in the resolution is also a commitment that all future infrastructure bills would specifically address climate change.

The text also includes a long wish list for Ocasio-Cortez, seeking environmental changes not directly related to climate change such as supporting family farming, guaranteeing universal access to clean drinking water and investments in high-speed railroads.

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"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us, to our country, to the world," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview on NPR on Thursday.

"This is really about providing justice for communities and just transitions for communities. So, really the heart of the Green New Deal is about social justice."

The proposal has been met in some instances with scorn from people on the right, who criticize it as a radical pipe dream rather than an achievable climate goal.

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PELOSI NAMES DEMS TO NEW CLIMATE PANEL--BUT NOT AOC: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday named eight Democrats to the new special climate change committee, but freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) was not among them.

The panel, which is charged with examining climate change and steps to mitigate it, will include lawmakers with a wide range of tenures. Three of those Democratic members will be freshmen, and Ocasio-Cortez said she turned down an offer from Pelosi to be on the committee.

"This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats' work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis," Pelosi said in a statement. "It will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations."

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The Democratic members are Reps. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciPelosi, Blumenaur condemn 'egregious abuses of power' by Trump against Oregon protestors Federal agents deployed to Portland did not have training in riot control: NYT US attorney calls for investigation into unmarked federal agents arresting protesters in Oregon MORE (Ore.), Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyHouse Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus Assistant House Speaker self-quarantines out of 'abundance of caution' Actor Orlando Bloom to self-quarantine MORE (Calif.), Sean CastenSean CastenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (Ill.), Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' COVID-19 complicates California's record-setting wildfire season  Congress should investigate OAS actions in Bolivia MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), A. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden pledges carbon-free power by 2035 in T environment plan | Trump administration has been underestimating costs of carbon pollution, government watchdog finds | Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE (Va.) and Joseph Neguse (Colo.).

"It has never been more clear that climate change is the existential threat of our time, and one that is particularly pressing for my generation," Neguse, one of the freshmen on the panel, said in a statement Thursday. "We must take bold action on the climate crisis now in order to preserve this world -- not only for my generation, but also for every generation to come, like that of my six-month-old daughter."

Ocasio-Cortez said at a press conference Thursday that Pelosi had invited her to sit on the panel.

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. "So I don't think this is a snub. I don't think it is anything like that."

Even before Democrats won the House majority in the November midterm elections, Pelosi made clear she wanted to resurrect the special climate committee that she established when Democrats previously controlled the chamber, 2007 to 2011. At that time, the panel was called the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, chaired by then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Pelosi disappointed many progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, when she said the new panel would not have the power to advance legislation or issue subpoenas. Instead, it can only make recommendations to other committees.

That decision was made after veteran Democrats on other panels, like Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PallonePharma execs say FDA will not lower standards for coronavirus vaccine Dem chairmen urge CMS to prevent nursing homes from seizing stimulus payments Federal watchdog finds cybersecurity vulnerabilities in FCC systems MORE (N.J.), objected to a powerful select committee.

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Pelosi previously named Rep. Kathy CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne CastorOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium Trump courts Florida voters with moratorium on offshore drilling Lawmakers, public bid farewell to John Lewis MORE (D-Fla.) to be chairwoman of the committee.

Republican members of the panel have not yet been named. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill MORE (R-Calif.) is responsible for picking the five GOP lawmakers.

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And Pelosi tries to tamp down controversy...

 

PELOSI PRAISES GREEN NEW DEAL 'ENTHUSIASM': Pelosi on Thursday welcomed the enthusiasm surrounding the "Green New Deal" climate bill backed by Ocasio-Cortez -- a day after she appeared to brush off the legislation as just another suggestion in an interview with Politico

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Pelosi at her press conference said she had not yet seen the bill but said she welcomed "the enthusiasm that is there."

"Quite frankly I haven't seen it, but I do know that it's enthusiastic, and we welcome all the enthusiams that are out there," she said.

In the Wednesday interview with Politico, however, Pelosi was not nearly as effusive in discussing the green new deal, which Ocasio-Cortez officially introduced Thursday. 

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive," Pelosi said of the green new deal in the interview. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

More on those remarks here.

 

COURT TO RECONSIDER ORDERING EPA TO BAN PESTICIDE: A federal appeals court is reconsidering its ruling last year that ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban a pesticide.

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that it had accepted the arguments the Trump administration made and will rehear the case, and could overturn a August 2018 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court. The rehearing will be in front of all of the court's judges, or en banc.

The decision is a big victory for the Trump administration and a loss for environmental and labor advocates, who point to the EPA's own science showing a link between chlorpyrifos and health problems like neurological disorders, particularly in children.

Then-EPA chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittJuan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House Science protections must be enforceable Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE refused in 2017 to ban the pesticide from use on food crops. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit court said there was "no justification" for declining the petition and accused Pruitt of an "utter failure" to enforce the law.

Reaction: "EPA is pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to rehear its earlier decision in this matter, and we will work closely with the Department of Justice in preparation for the rehearing," EPA spokeswoman Molly Block said of the court's decision.

The EPA appealed the ruling in September 2018, saying the order conflicts with Supreme Court precedent that the issue should have been returned to the agency for reconsideration, without "directing specific action."

It also said the ruling conflicts with the processes outlined in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the law governing EPA oversight of pesticides.

Environmentalists were disappointed at the rehearing order.

"EPA's own scientists have said for more than two years that chlorpyrifos is harmful, particularly to children," Patti Goldman, an Earthjustice attorney involved in the case, said in a statement.

More on the decision here.

 

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY:

Two key pipeline shutdowns cause Canadian oil price to slip, Bloomberg reports.

Anti-OPEC bill allowing U.S. to sue oil cartel moves forward, Bloomberg reports.

Shutdown impacts hit Death Valley National Park, ThinkProgress reports.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out stories from Thursday:

-Court to reconsider ordering EPA to ban pesticide

-Pelosi praises enthusiasm behind 'Green New Deal' after seeming to brush it off

-Pelosi names Dems to new climate panel -- but not AOC

-Ocasio-Cortez unveils Green New Deal climate resolution

-Michigan's GOP state House moves to void Dem governor's decision on environmental panels