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Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts AOC on the House floor and demands a debate on the Green New Deal after she claimed climate change is caused by 'racism'

 Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the House floor Wednesday and posted a picture of the interaction to push again for a debate with the progressive congresswoman on her Green New Deal.

'I'm glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal,' Rep. Greene posted on Twitter Wednesday evening.

'After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I'll schedule time for our debate,' the Georgia congresswoman continued, indicating she has not yet read the Green New Deal.


Greene used the hashtag 'MTGvAOC' and included a picture of her speaking with Ocasio-Cortez on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Critics immediately pounced on Greene for admitting to not reading the proposal she has so harshly spoken out against.

This isn't the first time Greene has challenged AOC to a debate.

Last Wednesday she tweeted: '@AOC I'd like to challenge you to a debate on the Green New Deal economic policy.'

Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Green posted an image of her confronting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the House floor Wednesday in again challenging the New York Democrat to a debate on the Green New Deal

Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Green posted an image of her confronting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the House floor Wednesday in again challenging the New York Democrat to a debate on the Green New Deal

Along with the image, Greene tweeted that she had not yet read the full proposal and would reach out to schedule a debate once she did so

Along with the image, Greene tweeted that she had not yet read the full proposal and would reach out to schedule a debate once she did so

'Since you sponsored the Green New Deal and have a degree in Economics, I'm sure you are more than qualified,' she continued.

'I just have a degree in Business Admin and have owned a construction company for 20 years,' Green touted. 'A debate between AOC and I on the Green New Deal economic policy would be informative for the American People.'

'They deserve to hear the two sides with pro's [sic] and cons.'

'@AOC you can choose one moderator and I choose a moderator,' she said in setting the groundwork for a debate. 'Then we can negotiate a major news network to host the debate. Let's do this for The People.'

'What do you say?'

Ocasio-Cortez said it is a 'false notion' that the country has to choose between the planet and economy.

'We decided to come together in sweeping legislation that not only rejects that notion, but creates a plan for 20 million union jobs in the United States of America to rebuild our infrastructure, to restore public housing, to make sure that we expand our access not only to EV [electric vehicles] and EV infrastructure, but mass transit,' the New York Democrat said during a press conference pushing the Green New Deal on Tuesday.

AOC was mocked for claiming during the relaunch of her controversial Green New Deal that climate change is a product of racial injustice.

She spoke Tuesday in front of the Capitol to promote her plan, which set a series of ambitious targets such as eliminating U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade and transitioning the economy away from fossil fuels.

Ocasio-Cortez insisted climate change must be viewed through the lens of race.

'The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice, and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost,' she said. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday re-launched her plan to combat climate change outside the Capitol where she claimed climate change  is another result of 'racist' policies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday re-launched her plan to combat climate change outside the Capitol where she claimed climate change  is another result of 'racist' policies


'Which means that we must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change, that the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change.

 

'Because we are allowing people, and we are allowing ourselves, to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to health care, the right to housing and education.'

Her comments on Tuesday were immediately seized upon by her conservative critics, after Mike Berg, deputy communications director for the Republican National Convention, tweeted: 'Wut?'

Commentator Mark Steyn appeared on Fox News on Wednesday night, calling it 'rubbish' and laughable.

'The people who really laugh at this are Xi and the Chinese politburo,' he told host Tucker Carlson.

'Because they don't have to bother talking about all of this. It frees up all of their time to talk about something important and something true.'

Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn laughed at Ocasio-Cortez's claim on Wednesday night

Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn laughed at Ocasio-Cortez's claim on Wednesday night

Carlson agreed, adding: 'Climate change is racism is indigenous rights is infrastructure - it's all bad, give me power.'

He said her words eroded 'any incentive for anyone to engage in reason or measured debate. All they do is scream things that are demonstrably untrue, and it works.'

Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also attacked Ocasio-Cortez's policy.

She said it would 'destroy the US's oil and gas industry', saying it would remove the country's 'negotiating power in the world'.  

Initially introduced in 2019, the Green New Deal was relaunched ahead of Joe Biden's climate summit, to be held virtually on Thursday and Friday. 

The White House said 40 heads of state would attend, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping of China and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.

Ocasio-Cortez's relaunch of her plan was timed to coincide with Biden's summit.

'For so long, our movement toward a sustainable future has been divided with really just this false notion that we have to choose between our planet and our economy,' she said. 

'And we decided to come together in sweeping legislation that not only rejects that notion, but creates a plan for 20 million union jobs in the United States of America.'

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are seen together filming a social media post on Tuesday

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are seen together filming a social media post on Tuesday

Last Wednesday, Greene proposed a debate with AOC on the Green New Deal

Last Wednesday, Greene proposed a debate with AOC on the Green New Deal

She touted her business background as a way to debate the economic side of the proposal

She touted her business background as a way to debate the economic side of the proposal

Greene's April 14 tweet began to lay the groundwork for the debate, like each representative getting to choose a moderator

Greene's April 14 tweet began to lay the groundwork for the debate, like each representative getting to choose a moderator

It was not immediately clear whether the plan would receive a significantly warmer reception from Biden's administration than it did from the administration of former President Donald Trump.

Biden announced in January that the United States would rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate change, and has promised to put the country on track to net-zero emissions by 2050 - a much later deadline than the Green New Deal's.

Asked if the lawmakers wanted to go beyond what Biden has proposed, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who is co-sponsoring the Green New Deal, said: 'Yes. We believe that this is the moment that requires us to act big, think big, have a program that matches the magnitude of the problem that we're confronted with.'

Markey and Ocasio-Cortez highlighted successes achieved since the release of the resolution, including General Motors' announcement that it would sell all of its new cars, SUVs and light pick-up trucks with zero tailpipe emissions by 2035 and the House of Representatives' vote to allow the construction of more public housing.

'It's possible to find middle ground in many areas of politics. I know because I've done it. But we cannot compromise now,' Markey said. 

'We cannot compromise on the fate of our planet and on human civilization.' 

The plan has received backing from 103 House lawmakers, Ocasio-Cortez said, including first-term congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, a vocal supporter.

She tweeted on Monday: 'We can build a future where our walls aren't poisoning us with lead, we aren't forced to breathe polluted air, and our neighborhoods are free of police violence.' 

Republicans and Trump slammed the Green New Deal when it was first introduced, claiming adopting its goals would force Americans to cease traveling and not be able to eat meat.

'The green new disaster is back,' Republican Senator John Barrasso said in a statement on Monday, ahead of the relaunch. 

'Free market innovation is the best way to protect our air, water and communities – not heavy-handed government regulation or taxation.'

The plan calls for 100 per cent of power demand to be met from zero-emission energy sources like wind and solar, modernizing transportation infrastructure, cutting carbon emissions from the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, making buildings and homes more energy efficient and increasing land preservation.

It also aims to create an economic safety net for communities affected by climate change and the shift away from fossil fuel use, including through guarantees of healthcare, jobs and job training.

The plan's name references President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s, which sought to help Americans ailing from the Great Depression with huge government-led infrastructure projects.

Separately, Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, on Monday introduced their Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.

The bill would modernize the country's 950,000 housing units to make buildings more energy efficient. 

It would also require jobs created under the initiative to meet certain labor standards and allow for the creation of more public housing units.

It was not immediately clear how likely the bill is to pass in either congressional chamber.

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