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rising democratic firebrand representative Alexandria across your Cortez and democratic senator ed Markey on Thursday laid out a plan for tackling climate change called the green new deal the goal shifting the U. S. to one hundred percent clean renewable and zero emission energy sources within ten years setting a high bar for Democrats who plan to make climate change a central issue in the twenty twenty presidential race according to an outline released by lawmakers the resolution calls for new projects to modernize U. S. transportation infrastructure D. carbonized the manufacturing and agricultural sectors make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation the green new deal also aims to create an economic safety net for quote frontline communities that will be affected by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use while some Democrats have already said they will support the initiative Republicans have strongly criticized it waving off any kind of proposal as heavy handed , and with the trump administration does not believe action on climate change is necessary and is focused on increasing production of oil gas and coal on federal and private land in June two thousand seventeen the president both the U. S. from the global Paris climate accord seeing it would help US businesses adding quote I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris