FILE - In this May 13, 2019, file photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at the final event for the Road to the Green New Deal Tour at Howard University in Washington. Ocasio-Cortez says any plan to adequately address climate change would cost at least $10 trillion. The Democrat is the lead author in the House of the Green New Deal, a plan to dramatically cut the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

AOC: Serious climate plan to cost at least $10T

June 05, 2019 - 4:31 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York says any plan to adequately address climate change would cost at least $10 trillion.

The Democrat is the lead author in the House of the Green New Deal, a plan to dramatically cut the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. While acknowledging the figure "is a ton" of money, she said Wednesday, "I think we really need to get to $10 trillion to have a shot" at slowing climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez said she's encouraged by climate plans from Democratic presidential candidates and most supports proposals from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Inslee calls for $3 trillion in federal spending over a decade, while Warren would spend $2 trillion for green manufacturing. Former Vice President Joe Biden urges $1.7 trillion in climate spending.