- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed a new video Wednesday pushing her Green New Deal proposal and urging supporters to rally behind her vision — although failing to answer mounting questions about the cost of feasibility.

The seven-minute video features the superstar New York Democrat narrating from a future where her Green New Deal has been in place for years, telling a story of how society transitioned to the zero-carbon utopia she envisions.

She also seemed to predict a lengthy public career for herself.

“When I look back at my first term in Congress, riding that old-school Amtrak in 2019, all of this was still ahead of us,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez says in the video. “And the first big step was closing our eyes and imagining it.”

While the video illustrates Ms. Ocasio-Cortez‘ new future-oriented, optimistic sales pitch, it offered no new insight into how she plans to actually achieve the goals in her flagship proposal.



The Green New Deal was initially introduced in February by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat.

The 14-page resolution calls for a complete overhaul of the U.S. infrastructure system to meet a new, environmentally friendly standard — including retrofitting all existing buildings and implementing a high-speed rail. It also calls for sweeping economic and social justice reforms, including “Medicare For All” and a federal jobs guarantee.

Several economists and labor groups have pushed back against the Green New Deal for being unrealistic and ultimately unattainable, citing the lack of specificity as the one of biggest problems surrounding the proposals.

One prominent estimate put the cost to taxpayers and the economy at anywhere from roughly 50 trillion to 90 trillion dollars.

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