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AOC at the MSNBC town hall. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/MSNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

At a MSNBC town hall on Friday evening, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Republican criticisms of the Green New Deal and shared her policy details on the resolution, pointing out that a primary focus of plan is to simply make climate change a "national priority."

Why it matters: Highlights of the town hall resulted in viral moments on Twitter — like AOC admonishing an audience member who called former Rep. Bob Inglis a "moron" — but actual policy discussion took place, too. A key point of focus: "transitioning" fossil fuel workers into new energy jobs.

Details:

  • AOC proposed to fully fund "the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia" at the town hall, while referencing GOP criticisms of how much it would cost to carry out the GND. She emphasized that they have to start somewhere, which could also include "rebuilding Flint."
  • She also argued that fossil fuel jobs cannot be "better, more dignified and [with a] higher wage with a stronger labor movement behind it than new energy jobs," going forward.
  • "What I'm tired of is us worrying more about the future of fossil fuels than worrying about the future of fossil fuel workers," she added.

Buzz: Ocasio-Cortez also responded to ongoing GOP criticisms on the Green New Deal, as they call it a socialist resolution and equate it to getting rid of cows and airplanes. "It is next level. I didn't expect them to make total fools of themselves."

Okay, where did the "cow" thing come from? AOC's office released a more informal FAQ alongside the Green New Deal resolution that goes beyond the finalized proposal, and one version throws a tongue-in-cheek mention to "farting cows" — as in, they'll still be around in 10 years, and that's why the GND goal is net-zero rather than zero emissions. AOC's spokesman Corbin Trent described the FAQ cow statement as "literally — clearly — irony,” per the Washington Post.

The bottom line: Some key proposals in the Green New Deal, or H.Res. 109, are achieving net-zero U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonizing all the major segments of the economy, including power, manufacturing, buildings and transportation.

Go deeper: A GND policy refresher

Go deeper

Mike Allen, author of AM
11 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.