During a hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, former Secretary of State John Kerry was called to discuss the challenges posed by climate change. And Rep. Jim Comer (R-KY) chose to use his time to bash the Green New Deal proposal put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
“The authors of the Green New Deal plan to pay for the bill, and I quote, ‘the same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout, all our current wars,'” said Comer. “Secretary Kerry, my question to you is, is printing a lot of new money and opening a bunch of new public banks a real way to pay for this Green New Deal project proposal?”
“There are a lot of different proposals on how to proceed. I don’t know that any of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle,” replied Kerry. “Do you have a plan to deal with climate change? I think you said you’re not sure of the science, but my focus is on how we’re going to move forward.”
“In proposing what she has proposed together with Sen. Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject,” Kerry said.