Green New Deal would cost up to $94 trillion


Sen. Dianne Feinstein disagreed with a group of schoolchildren over climate change Friday and saw a video of the tense exchange hit the Internet, CNN reports.

"You know what? I don't care anymore. You come in here, and you say, 'It has to be my way or the highway'".

In the two-minute edited video, which had almost 10 million views a few days after it was posted, the California senator told children and young adults telling her to support the Green New Deal that "I know what I'm doing".

After the group shared information they said originated from scientists talking about climate change, Feinstein replied: "You know what's interesting about this group?"

Feinstein, along with her other more moderate colleagues in the Senate, find themselves increasingly at odds with the Democratic Party's progressive base as represented by New York Rep.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) left a few people scratching their heads after she declared herself the "boss" of the Green New Deal, despite criticisms that the deal is unrealistic and extremely expensive.

A full version of the 15-minute interaction was also posted on the Sunrise Movement's Facebook page.

Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her solution to climate change, the Green New Deal, which would mobilize the entire USA economy to ensure that 100 percent renewable energy would be produced and Carbon dioxide emissions would be greatly reduced. She's actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets. Others argued that she was firm yet polite in trying to explain the political realities of Washington to the children, and that the video was edited to make her look as bad as possible.

The children tell Feinstein that they are the ones who will be impacted by climate change and she says she understands that and she has seven grandchildren.

"I'm trying to do the best I can, which was to write a responsible resolution", Feinstein said.

The enormous price tag, which amounts to over $650,000 per US household, covers a low-carbon electricity grid, net zero emissions transportation system, guaranteed jobs, universal health care, guaranteed green housing, and food security.

"She shut them down, she did not hear them", said Cina-Sklar. "But in the meantime, I just won a big election", the senator adds.

"(She) will do an internship here", Feinstein tells a staff member, after asking for the woman's name.

"The Green New Deal is our best and only solution right now", Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, told reporters outside McConnell's office Monday. However, the intensity with which the most fundamental version of the Green New Deal is meant to transform the US economy has raised concerns by many Democrats who feel such radical ideas may shift Democrats away from more centrist policies.