|The "Green New Deal" is
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Saikat Chakrabarti, the brains of the operation, who chose her from a field of candidates to run in her district on behalf of the Justice Democrats. The Green New Deal was originally Chakrabarti's idea.
The "Green New Deal" consists of:
Most supporters of the GND (Green New Deal) are under the mistaken impression that it's all about climate change, when nothing could be further from the truth. It didn't even start out as an environmental measure! It started out as a Justice Democrats wish list, and then they re-dubbed it a "climate measure" as an excuse to justify it. Saikat Chakrabarti, the initiative's original author, told the Washington Post "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all ... we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
An ridiculously inaccurate poll was done by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication which basically asked people "Would you like to solve climate change and create jobs in the process?" with no mention of who was behind it or the many environmentally irrelevant far-left items in the plan. They told the world that 65% of Republicans at least "somewhat support" the GND (a figure which is stark, raving, mad) and posted their results on a web page with the title "The Green New Deal has Strong Bipartisan Support".
Most of the environmental movement is so far left that they see all the irrelevant Democratic Socialism and identity politics as pluses, rather than drawbacks, so they've embraced it. Among environmentalists, support for the GND has become a litmus test for climate action, the whole movement has snowballed, and thus both the environmental movement and the Democratic Party have thrust the fate of the planet into the hands of a 30-year-old, photogenic, overnight social media celebrity with no legislative track record, no college STEM education, little loyalty to her own political party, who speaks to moderates in her own party mostly when she's threatening to primary them out, and who delights in enraging conservatives.
On STEM qualifications, AOC's adoring fans cite the fact that she won a prize in a high school science fair for a biology project, which qualifies her to be an authority on climate science and energy engineering about as much as Sarah Palin had "foreign policy experience" because "You can see Russia from Alaska.".
Climate change is a very real problem, and the potential harm it may do if we fail to act outweighs the benefits of ignoring it. But solving it does not require giving the lunatic wing of the far left everything they could wish for on economic and social justice issues. There is also this rebuttal to Climate Hustle, a movie that claims that climate change is not real.
AOC said in an interview " The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?”. The IPCC reports do not predict "the end of the world" ever, the fact that she would say that shows how profoundly scientifically uninformed she is, but if she believed that, isn't it hideously irresponsible for her to have hogged the media with a proposal that is saddled with a gigantic burden of completely unnecessary and horribly difficult to pass socialism, rather than keeping her proposal precisely focused on solving this important and pressing problem or at least getting the hell out of the way?
There is a basic problem with social media and outrage culture nowadays, that the lunatics at the extremes are able to hog all the attention, while the centrists and moderates who listen to both sides, cross the aisle, work out compromises, and actually solve problems, can't get noticed.