Fireworks in the Senate over Green New Deal

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Republicans and Democrats sparred on the Senate floor this afternoon over the Green New Deal and climate policy in general.

Numerous Republican senators, as expected, lined up to speak against the progressive resolution to tackle climate change and social inequality.

Democrats, as part of their counterattack, repeatedly interrupted their GOP colleagues to ask whether they believed in man-made climate change.

When Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) was speaking, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked, “What would he do about climate change?” Schumer added, “We know what he’s against. What is he for?”

Cornyn replied, “I know what their talking points are now.” He continued attacking the Green New Deal as a “travesty.”

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis pointed at the divide within the Democratic caucus over the resolution. He asked, “Do you actually support the Green New Deal?”

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), responding to GOP claims that the resolution would cost $94 trillion, shouted: “That is a made-up number by the Koch brothers.”

An analysis from the conservative group American Action Forum said the Green New Deal would cost between $52 trillion and $94 trillion during the course of the next decade.