The freshman lawmaker and Sen.
The plan also calls for new projects to modernize USA transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.
A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the USA through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030. Ed Markey (D-MA) are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate all carbon emissions in USA energy production by 2030.
The proposals may once have been dismissed out of hand, and Pelosi's comments indicate the proposal will face skepticism from not just Republicans, but also a number of Democrats.
It also picked up the support Thursday of former Vice President Al Gore, who released a statement saying it marked "the beginning of a crucial dialogue on climate legislation in the U.S".
It goes on to say that "a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal" is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and "provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States".
Nearly as an afterthought, the resolution called for providing "all people of the United States" with "high-quality health care", as well as affordable housing, economic security, and access to clean air, water, "healthy and affordable food, and nature".
While focusing on renewable energy, Ocasio-Cortez said the plan would include existing nuclear power plants but block new nuclear plants.
"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us", she told NPR's "Morning Edition" in an interview that aired Thursday.
Others compared the sprawling resolution to a Soviet-style five-year plan, with cost estimates as high as $7 trillion.
"So really the heart of the Green New Deal is about social justice and it's about allowing and fighting for things like fully funded pensions for coal miners in West Virginia, fighting for clean water in Flint, and fighting for the ability of indigenous peoples to take a leadership role in, in where we're moving as a country", she added.
The Green New Deal would be paid for "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress", Ocasio-Cortez claimed.