House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., turns her party's attention to the climate crisis as she leads an event to introduce the "Climate Action Now Act," which focuses on reducing carbon pollution, honoring America's Paris Agreement commitments, and lays the groundwork to expand clean energy, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. From left are, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., who will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Rep. David Trone, D-Md., Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., and Science, Space and Technology Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Climate change politics burn hot after Green New Deal vote

March 27, 2019 - 5:27 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly the climate is hot on Capitol Hill.

A day after the Senate blocked consideration of the Green New Deal, lawmakers from both parties were still talking about climate change. House Democrats pushed a plan to keep the U.S. in a global climate agreement, while Senate Democrats formed a special climate committee to match one in the House.

Republicans, meanwhile, continued to mock the Green New Deal as a step toward socialism and pushed for a House vote. The GOP launched a House Energy Action Team to counteract what they called the "radical" and potentially devastating Green New Deal.

The sheer volume of discussion made clear the plan has struck a nerve as both parties seek to use it to their advantage in the 2020 elections.

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