NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Vice President Mike Pence slammed a recently unveiled proposal to combat the effects of climate change, known as the Green New Deal.
“The only thing green about the so-called Green New Deal is how much green it is going to cost taxpayers,” Pence said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced non-binding resolutions that call for the U.S. to abandon fossil fuels and complete the transition to renewable energy within 12 years.
Other tenets of the plan call for universal health care and universal basic income.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has suggested she believes the proposal is unrealistic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has agreed to bring the resolution up for a floor vote in hopes of forcing Democrats to state their position on the record.
A recent study by center-right American Action Forum said the proposal would cost taxpayers about $93 trillion over the next decade. Funding the plan would cost about $600,000 per household, according to the study.
Nevertheless, a poll released last month showed that 48 percent of registered voters support the proposal.