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Does Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Outlaw Every Building In The Country?

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal could outlaw every building in the country, according to a document Democrats posted online Thursday explaining the nuts and bolts of the deal.

Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” toward a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, NPR reported.. A separate fact sheet claims the plan would “mobilize every aspect of American society on a scale not seen since World War 2.”

Buried deep within the FAQ sheet is one suggestion likely to give every homeowner severe heartburn.

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Removing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from every sector of our economy, the sheet notes, requires among other things: “Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.”

Ocasio-Cortez’ original concept received support from four of the Democrats currently mulling a presidential run in 2020. But the updated version, which was rolled out Thursday morning, got tepid support from the likes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who called the idea a “green dream” Wednesday.

The final version removed a call to eradicate fossil fuels, a move that roiled some environmentalists. “[T]he failure to mention and explicitly state that we have to end the era of fossil fuels is just a huge missed opportunity to be real about where we are and where we need to go,” Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica said in a statement after the plan was released.

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