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10 February 2019, 17:21 GMT

From Allan Smith

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a presidential candidate from 2020, said Sunday that a "Green New Deal" resolution is being put under pressure by lawmakers of his party, "the right start" is for a broad plan to to combat climate change.

"This is a national state of emergency," Buttigieg said on CNN & # 39; s "State of the Union. "" I think the elegance of a policy perspective of the Green New Deal concept is that it corresponds to a sense of urgency about that climate change issue with a sense of opportunity as to what the solutions might represent. "

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts has filed a resolution on the Green New Deal calling for a full transition to renewable energy by 2030, aiming for zero-zero emissions of greenhouse gases through a fair and simple transition for all communities and workers. "

The measure requires an extensive 10-year infrastructure plan and a major increase in spending, but has criticized some of its proposals and did not discuss how the plan would be paid.

The plan got a setback on the right, especially about the concept language that was sent to news broadcasts with provisions such as reducing air travel and providing economic security to people who "are unable or unwilling to work".

Ocasio-Cortez, a first-year legislator, tweeted on Sunday that the resolution, which would not be adopted by law if adopted, was only intended to determine the scope of the proposal.

Finally, the reason why we adopt a resolution is bc I am not here to say that only one Congressman will solve a global crisis.

See the GND Res as a "Request for proposals".

We have defined the scope and where we want to go. Now let's review + collab on projects.

– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 10, 2019

She said in a Thursday conference about the news that the resolution is being announced, supported by prominent presidential candidates in 2020 and by countless senators and members of the House, that legislators "must be equally ambitious and innovative in our solution" [to climate change] if possible."

Buttigieg told CNN on Sunday that conservative bashing of "socialism" will not work the same as in the past.

"If you grew up in that period of the Cold War, you would see a time in politics where the word socialism could be used to end a quarrel," he said, adding: "You can no longer simply to skip a discussion about a policy by saying that it is socialistic. "

Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on 30 January 2019.Andrew Harnik / Good Politic file

The Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said in the same program that the proposal is "absolutely realistic" and that legislators "have to focus our attention on business" to combat climate change. He compared the situation with the mission of former President John F. Kennedy to put a man on the moon by the end of the sixties, which at that time was considered an unrealistic goal.

"If we do not tell this country to think big about saving our nation and our world against destruction, I do not think we're coming close to reach the goal," he said.