The Green New Deal resolution, backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is nonbinding, meaning it would not have the force of law even it passed and were signed by the president.
Republicans from President Donald Trump on down have denounced the plan since its release, although much of the criticism has focused on a separate fact sheet that was posted and subsequently retracted by Ocasio-Cortez’s office and that the rest of the resolution’s sponsors did not sign onto.
That document contained language not in the resolution, such as a call for a basic income for those “unable or unwilling to work,” a plan for “high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary,” opposition to nuclear energy, and a joke about the difficulty of regulating cow flatulence (which is a real environmental concern).
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