The Energy 202: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doubling down on Green New Deal

The unconventional congresswoman found an unconventional way of sharing her message: On Wednesday, the online news publication The Intercept published a seven-minute video narrated by the New York Democrat in which she describes her pitch to drastically curb climate-warming emissions all while providing healthcare and jobs to Americans.

The film, called “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” illustrated with hand-painted watercolor art several proposals that fall broadly under the Green New Deal umbrella.

The film is the latest indication that Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives will continue to push their climate plan despite its failure in the Senate and continuing headwinds from Republicans who have derided the Green New Deal as a socialist government takeover, sometimes describing parts of it inaccurately while doing so.

The Senate voted 57 to 0 in March to defeat the non-binding resolution, with all Republicans and four Democrats blocking it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had forced a vote on the plan, which he called a “far-left wish list.” Most Senate Democrats dodged directly weighing in on the measuure by voting “present.”

In the video, Ocasio-Cortez imagines herself a decade in the future as an ex-congresswomen, and describes a future in which Democrats retake both the Senate and White House in 2020 and pass a version of the Green New Deal.

“When I think back to my first term in Congress, riding that old-school Amtrak in 2019, all of this was still ahead of us,” she said in the video.

Read more at The Washington Post