Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Cristina Cross
February 24, 2019

Yes, the parents were using their kids as pawns and the group who confronted the California Democrat, the Sunrise Movement, who are pushing lawmakers to back Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) ruinously expensive Green New Deal. It calls for updating ALL U.S. buildings to be energy efficient, knocking down those, which can not be saved, transitioning away from fossil fuels within ten years, and culling farting cows.

When a teen tells Feinstein that she should listen to them, because they are her voters, Feinstein responds by asking the girl how old she is. It's quite hilarious, though. I've been doing this for 30 years. "I know what I'm doing", a defensive Feinstein said to the children.

What makes this encounter more of a PR fumble is that young climate activists - perhaps more so than other issue for those who can not vote yet - have the greatest interest in securing aggressive policy, as they will be around much longer than anyone born in the 20th Century to experience the rough-and-tumble catastrophes of environmental collapse. "I know what I've been doing", Feinstein responds.

'You come in here, and you say it has to be my way or the highway.

"Any plan that doesn't take bold, transformative action is not going to be what we need", one young woman said.

She pointed out that she just won an election by "almost a million vote plurality", adding, "I know what I'm doing". So maybe, you should listen a little bit.

Feinstein's proposed draft plan seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - 20 years later than the Green New Deal - and also explicitly calls for achieving those reductions through a price on carbon, among other ways. She offered to provide copies for each child and asked them to review it and let her know if they see issues.

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When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, "I may do that ... but it's not a good resolution".

In a statement Friday evening, the senator said: "I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear ..."

Unsurprisingly, as things go on, the kids get crabby, with one of them shouting, "It doesn't matter!"

Later in the encounter, Feinstein could be heard telling the group she's "trying to do the best" she can, "which was to write a responsible resolution". "I got elected by an nearly 1 million vote plurality".

Zuckerman said Saturday the group didn't have an appointment with Feinstein.

After one of the children asked that she vote yes on the proposal, Feinstein said, "OK, I'll tell you what".

Feinstein told the students she is opposed to the Green New Deal for several reasons, including "we can't pay for it" and she doesn't agree with what it says.

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