Ocasio-Cortez Lays Out Ambitious Ideas To Cut Emissions

(Washington) - Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proposed the 'Green New Deal', which is legislation she says will drastically curb green house emissions while creating jobs and improving infrastructure throughout the country.

Ocasio-Cortez proposal calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers, as well as job creation and investment in infrastructure.

Ocasio-Cortez says climate change won't happen unless other problems of inequality across communities are addressed too.

The Republican National Committee called the plan a socialist wish list and said it would kill at least one million jobs and disrupt global trade. Key points of Ocasio-Cortez's plan include:

*The expansion of electric car manufacturing with charging stations easily accessible to Americans to remove combustible engines from U.S. roads

*Working with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as is technologically feasible while supporting family farms while promoting universal access to healthy food

*Upgrading all existing buildings in the country for energy efficiency

*Guaranteeing every American a job with sustaining wage with family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security

*Overhauling transportation systems to curb greenhouse gas emissions, expanding high speed rail service to a scale where air travel becomes unnecessary

*High quality health care for all Americans

Ocasio-Cortez's plan targets a net-zero carbon economy by the year 2050. The key here, the plan does not lay out guidance on 'how' to implement her wishes.

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