Former Vice President Al Gore voiced his support Tuesday for Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to tackle global warming.
“About to bring our 8th annual #24HoursofReality to a close with my strong support for a #GreenNewDeal, which will create jobs, invest in the right sustainable solutions & protect the health of those most vulnerable,” Gore said in a tweet referencing the incoming New York Democrat’s plan.
About to bring our 8th annual #24HoursofReality to a close with my strong support for a #GreenNewDeal, which will create jobs, invest in the right sustainable solutions & protect the health of those most vulnerable. https://t.co/prXQ6Ii5sx
— Al Gore (@algore) December 5, 2018
Several Democrats have joined Ocasio-Cortez’s demands for a special “Green New Deal” House committee that, if formed, would push a slew of climate change legislation.
Gore’s willingness to support the plan suggests it could be gaining strong influence among her party’s more progressive wing. Environmental groups have also been pressuring lawmakers to jump on board.
There are officially 10 members of Congress who support @Ocasio2018's resolution for a select committee for a #GreenNewDeal. Join 100s of young people around the country on Tuesday who are demanding their representatives support the resolution https://t.co/Wuc91v4FQi pic.twitter.com/OvUJUhX2eW
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) November 18, 2018
Their support does not guarantee the deal will see the light of day.
Many of the 15 Democratic lawmakers who signed a No Fossil Fuel Money pledge earlier this year — refusing donations from energy companies — have their own cash invested in coal and oil.
Ditching personal assets was not a requirement for those who signed the pledge.
Most of the signers kept their promise to reject contributions from fossil fuel executives.
Reps. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee of California, as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Dianne Feinstein of California were among those who signed the deal.
Reports show Lee has stakes in some fossil fuel companies, while Khanna has major financial ties to the oil industry through his wife, Ritu, who has millions of dollars invested in companies such as Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil.
Khanna acknowledged the investments but said it’s still important for the Democratic National Committee to oppose industry cash.
At a “Solving Our Climate Crisis, a National Town Hall” on Monday, Cortez suggested that a commitment to renewable energy would finally bring “racial justice” to America.
“The idea that we’re going to somehow lose economic activity — as a matter of fact, it’s not just possible that we will create jobs and economic activity by transitioning to renewable energy,” she told the audience. “But it’s inevitable that we’re going to create jobs. It’s inevitable that we’re going to create industry. And it’s inevitable that we can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America.”
Cortez did not elaborate on how that justice would be achieved.