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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied support for the Green New Deal on Monday night, Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, called for an end to all tax breaks and subsidies for the oil and gas industry as the first step of the Green New Deal,
“How do we take on an industry with unlimited power, money and resources? We need a political revolution,” Sanders said at the “Road to the Green New Deal Tour” rally at Howard University.
Ocasio-Cortez, the chief House author of the Green New Deal, drew applause when she criticized “conservatives from both sides of the aisle” who have cautioned her to go slow or who have urged more fracking for oil and natural gas.
“We do need to finish this green revolution in a way that is rational, that we can do it, afford it and get it done now,” he said Monday in Hampton, New Hampshire. “There’s so much we can do.”
Biden said he would be making a “major speech” to detail his environmental policy by the end of the month.
The Green New Deal calls for virtual elimination by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming and meeting 100 percent of U.S.
Power demand through renewable and zero-emission energy sources, including nuclear power. The proposal has broad support among Democratic activists and 2020 presidential contenders,
Senators including Markey and Sanders unanimously shunned a chance to take up the Green New Deal in March. Democrats called the vote scheduled by GOP leaders a political stunt,
Since Republicans widely oppose the plan, and declined to support a procedural motion to consider the nonbinding resolution.