Heather McGhee Bluntly Calls Out Dianne Feinstein's Wild Reaction To The Green New Deal
The NBC News contributor says climate change is an "emergency” in America.
February 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm
Heather McGhee is the former president of Demos, a non-profit progressive U.S. think tank, and NBC News Contributor. In a recent Meet The Press interview, she made a call to action for the "urgency" of climate change policy, stating it is an "emergency in this country."
“We can’t say ‘it’s too aspirational.’ It's the planet,” McGhee said.
Her statements came following Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) response when questioned about the Green New Deal.
Climate advocacy group the Sunrise Movement, partnered with 15 middle and high school students to question Feinstein last week. Their hope was to sway Feinstein's vote in favor of the proposal.
Her response? "I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing."
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) Green New Deal proposal has reignited the conversation on climate change. The proposal seeks investments in energy-efficient infrastructure and clean jobs, aimed to revamp the economy and tackle environmental injustice.
It calls for government funding in a green industrial revolution, replacing gas-powered cars with electric ones, installing high-speed rail across the nation, and converting the electricity system to renewable energy within 12 years.
Though many are in support of it, some others — including President Trump — remain unphased by its promises.
The Washington Post reported Trump’s administration would assemble a panel of fringe, industry-funded scientists.
“[The scientists] represent the Trump administration’s most forceful effort to date, to challenge the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are helping drive global warming, and the world could face dire consequences unless countries curb their carbon output over the next few decades,” The Post said.
The New Republic reported the earth had risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius in temperature, due to greenhouse gas emissions. According to the publication, there are few scientists that state global warming must remain below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or two degrees Celsius, to avoid a climate catastrophe.
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