Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel

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While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez's strongest supporters. "The Green New Deal will put the health and well-being of our communities first", Grijalva said. But the freshman congresswoman from NY introduced a Green New Deal resolution on Thursday that is already emerging as a key policy test for 2020 Democratic candidates.

At the same time, Pelosi's attitude toward the Green New Deal also risks putting her out of step with the direction her party is taking on a national level.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments on the select committee came Thursday during a press conference she and Massachusetts Sen. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

"She did in fact invite me to be on the committee", the New York Democrat said.

An overview document released Tuesday by Ocasio-Cortez's office, which contains numerous typos, laid out what the Green New Deal sets out to do.

Sunrise activists showed up at California Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch last month and dropped a banner urging her to back the Green New Deal.

The government can take an equity stake in Green New Deal projects "so the public gets a return on its investment", she added.

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Ocasio-Cortez told NPR she had "no problem" saying that such an overhaul would be require "massive government intervention". But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin.

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet". Ed Markey of MA are teaming up on the plan.

The broad outline called for meeting 100 percent of US power demand through clean and renewable energy, as well as upgrading "all existing buildings in the United States" to achieve maximum "energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability".

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

The young New York Democrat called Trump's claim he wanted more legal immigration "a lie", pointing to the presidents' policies geared a reducing immigration and targeting immigrants.

The Democrats are likely to meet resistance to their proposal in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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