"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
Framers of the "Green New Deal" released a framework for their attempt to drastically overhaul the USA economy and energy system, which included guaranteeing economic security for those "unwilling to work".
The measure is now in a form of a non-binding resolution - meaning even if it passes it won't do anything.
"Today is the day that we choose to assert ourselves as a global leader in transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and charting that path", Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
Cost estimates for the sprawling proposal range into the trillions. Without addressing how effective are Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's solutions, they're most likely to reveal themselves not through force, but thanks to prosperity that provides people with the means to alter their driving habits, use of electricity versus solar, along with how they eat, travel, dispose of trash, and seemingly everything else.
"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Axios also reports the legislation has been endorsed by a number of advocacy groups, although their support is "pending final resolution language".
The ambitious goal, according to the measure, is to achieve "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions", in part by meeting 100 percent of the power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.
On the economic front, the plan bundles together a host of liberal wish-list items.
The non-binding resolution is effectively a blueprint of dramatic action - it proposes "upgrading all existing buildings" in the country, for example - that could be taken to address climate change. She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats" work' on climate issues. Although it is unclear how many of Ocasio-Cortez's fellow Democrats will embrace these specific policy ideas, a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have endorsed the concept of a Green New Deal, including Sens.
Republicans were also quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed.
"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there with the Green New Deal", Pelosi said Thursday at a news conference. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA.
"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan. They want to use fiscal policy to help fix the damage wrought by monetary policy.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering US and European politics for Fox News.