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AOC says Biden’s climate plan sounds similar to her ‘Green New Deal’

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pointed out Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s recently announced $2 trillion series of environmental policies—which include phasing out coal, oil, and natural gas as power sources by 2035—looks awfully like her “Green New Deal” plan.

“It’s almost as if we helped shape the platform,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet, followed by a winking face emoji.

The Bronx and Queens congresswoman was responding to a tweet Wednesday from NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett in which he observed similarities between the Biden’s recent executive actions and Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” proposal.

“It’s striking how much of Biden’s climate executive actions reflect major elements of the Green New Deal — tackling climate change while addressing economic/racial injustice — without actually *being the Green New Deal. Some political sleight of hand,” Bennett posted.

It should be noted that, while Ocasio-Cortez has been the one spearheading the Green New Deal proposal, she didn’t coin the term or the general concept. While the Green Party’s 2012 and 2016 presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein heavily promoted a near-identical policy with the exact same name, Stein has attributed the plan’s origins to Howie Hawkins, a co-founder of the party who was its 2020 presidential nominee. His “Green New Deal” was on his 2010 platform while running to be governor of New York.

“Today is climate day at the White House, which means that today is jobs day at the White House,” President Biden said before signing a slate of executive orders Wednesday “to meet the climate crisis for American jobs and American engineering.”

There are fears, however, that his new climate policy efforts will cause job losses in other industries such a coal and oil. He did not provide a direct answer to quell these fears of job losses caused by moving to renewable sources for electricity.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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California bans gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers, opting to be zero emission by 2024

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By 2024, California plans to effectively ban the sale of gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Saturday. Portable gas-powered generators must also be zero emission by 2028 according to the new law.

The Los Angeles Times spoke to the law’s author, assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park). “It’s amazing how people react when they learn how much this equipment pollutes, and how much smog-forming and climate-changing emissions that small off-road engine equipment creates,” Berman told the Times. “This is a pretty modest approach to trying to limit the massive amounts of pollution that this equipment emits, not to mention the health impact on the workers who are using it constantly.”

Then, Berman logged onto Twitter to troll opponents to the law. “This equipment is dangerous to the workers who use it, disruptive to communities, and terribly damaging to our climate,” he tweeted. “MAGA Twitter is losing their ever-loving minds over this. I thought they’d all moved over to Parler?”

Now the state set aside $30 million to towards the transition from gas-powered equipment to zero-emission equipment. However, reporter Phil Wonton points out that it will require 30-40 batteries to get a day’s work done.

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You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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