She called the "Green New Deal" the "Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation".
Now, as Ocasio-Cortez prepares to release a blueprint, details are emerging.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) speaks about federal government employees working without pay and workers trying to unionize at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 21, 2019.
The measure is now in a form of a non-binding resolution - meaning even if it passes it won't do anything.
While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.
Cost estimates for the sprawling proposal range into the trillions.
Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers remarks in her costume as a bodega cat while she attends the "Halloween with Alexandria" event at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, U.S., October 31, 2018. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.
"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wages and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.
While the resolution does not get into detailed policy proposals, possibly fueling Pelosi's skepticism about what the nuts and bolts of the plan actually are, it does lay out the aims of the plan.
The 14-page resolution envisions a shift to 100% renewable and zero-emission energy sources, and calls for the creation of millions of new high-wage jobs to help wipe out poverty.
On the economic front, the plan bundles together a host of liberal wish-list items. "In it, we call for a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II". Bernie Sanders, who supports her "Green New Deal" resolution.
The proposals may once have been dismissed out of hand, and Pelosi's comments indicate the proposal will face skepticism from not just Republicans, but also a number of Democrats.
Despite a cold reception from top Congressional Democrats, several Democrat presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a "Green New Deal" without saying exactly what it means. Add Democratic Party as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Democratic Party news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
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