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"I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo.

"We set a goal to get to net zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", a version of the document hosted by NPR reads.

Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so.

Ocasio-Cortez-who has led the congressional push to force the Green New Deal into political mainstream-accused McConnell of attempting to "bully" the Democratic Party by plowing ahead with a vote, and argued that Democrats should embrace the opportunity to go on the record in support of bold climate action.

But, confident that the calculated ploy will backfire on the GOP, climate groups and progressive lawmakers are telling the Republican leader: "Bring it on".

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But Ocasio-Cortez is not deterred. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver.

Markey quickly hit back at McConnell on Tuesday, releasing a statement blasting Republicans for failing to have a climate plan of their own. "McConnell is trying to intimidate Democrats and end debate on the Green New Deal to stop this freight train of momentum because he knows he's losing, but all he'll do is show just how out of touch Republican elected officials are from their voters". Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). "You don't have to endorse everything the House author stands for economically by voting for the 'Green New Deal'". She has opted to frame it as one of potentially many anti-climate-change proposals. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions.

The deal is gaining popularity in the House, where more than 15 percent of representatives have signed on as sponsors. "I don't think the proposal is very realistic, but we'll wait and see if it comes up for a vote".

"Those are the only two things that are out there that actually deal with carbon on what Secretary Moniz called large-scale successes", he told E&E News, referencing testimony by former Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week (E&E Daily, Feb. 8).

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also dismissed McConnell's plans for a vote.


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