Addressing head-on those claiming that the Green New Deal plan unveiled last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is impractical, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) declared on Sunday that the proposal is “absolutely realistic” and represents the kind of ambitious thinking that will be necessary to avoid climate catastrophe.
After CNN’s Jake Tapper invoked objections raised by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine.) and former Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz—both of whom have suggested the goals outlined in the Green New Deal resolution are unrealistic—Murphy strongly disagreed with their assessment.
“I frankly think we need to set our sights high,” said the Connecticut senator, who co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and dozens of congressional Democrats. “I think there were a lot of people who said it wasn’t realistic for the United States to get a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, when President Kennedy initially outlined that goal. But we did it.”
“I have a 10-year-old and a seven-year-old,” he continued. “Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don’t command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don’t think we’re gonna get close to meeting the mark.”
Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT says the Green New Deal is “absolutely realistic”: “If we don’t command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don’t think we’re going to get close to meeting the mark.” https://t.co/whl2tZGqtn #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/krkHZbDZm1
— CNN (@CNN) February 10, 2019
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