"I've never been middle of the road on the environment", Biden said when asked by a reporter if he thought Ocasio-Cortez was talking about him. The former vice president is reportedly planning to deliver a speech outlining his climate policy agenda by the end of May.
"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then come back today and say we need a "middle of the road" approach to save our lives!"
The rally began with a video in which Varshini Prakash, a founder of the Sunrise movement that hosted the rally, speaks to protesters on Capitol Hill.
Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, called for an end to all tax breaks and subsidies for the oil and gas industry as the first step of the Green New Deal, which seeks to shift the US away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable energy sources.
"Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters who elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach that will likely face heavy resistance from green activists", Reuters reported Friday.
On Tuesday, Biden appeared to respond, saying he's never used such centrist language and pointed out that bad in 1987 he called for "a green revolution".
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McDowell expressed her fear that Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Green New Deal would put "millions" of energy industry employees out of work and raise gas prices by $5 before offering the NY "socialist" a veiled piece of beauty "advice". "Most of the support he's received is coming because he just announced his campaign, and because he has such close ties to Barack Obama".
Markey, who also spoke at the rally, said Republicans who denounce the plan as socialism ignore more than a century of tax breaks for the oil industry.
"What is too much for me is the fact that in 1989, the year that I was born, that politicians were first informed by NASA that climate change was going to threaten my life and everyone's life here, and they did nothing". But he criticized candidates with only a tepid commitment to fighting climate change. "Beauty fades, stupid is forever", she said before turning toward the camera. "If we don't commit to fully transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels, we will doom future generations". There is no "middle ground" w/ climate denial & delay. "We need a large-scale national mobilization to defeat climate change and grow millions of jobs in a clean energy economy".
Organizers promise a nationwide campaign to make the 2020 election a referendum on the Green New Deal, with a "major demonstration" planned at a Democratic presidential debate in Detroit in July.
Ocasio-Cortez slammed disinformation spread about the GND, something she's done in the past when she took aim at claims that the deal and being concerned about the environment is "elitist."