The Green New Deal proposal is named after President Franklin Roosevelt's sweeping "New Deal" economic and labor reforms during the Great Depression. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.
The California Democrat told reporters she hadn't seen the proposal.
However, Ocasio-Cortez's staff seemed to have taken the FAQ off their website as of Thursday afternoon. The panel is simply exploratory and will be offering solutions to standing committees with jurisdiction to actually draft any legislation that is needed.
The plan has already gathered 60 co-sponsors in the House and has prompted strong opposition from Republicans and industry leaders who say it's technologically impossible and will costs tens of trillions of dollars. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there".
The ding by Pelosi comes just as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.
"The Green New Deal fully tackles the existential threat posed by climate change by presenting a comprehensive, 10-year plan that is as big as the problem it hopes to solve while creating a new era of shared prosperity", according to a summary of the resolution, according to Reuters.
Greg Carlock, a climate researcher with Data for Progress who helped author the Green New Deal, said lawmakers who seek middle ground policies on global warming risk losing youth support in future elections.
The plan is meant to address the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said global temperatures must be kept less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, the authors of the policy said. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" resolution calls on the federal government to provide economic security for those "unwilling to work".
Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet".
It also reportedly outlines the resolution's goals, including the creation of "millions of good, high-wage jobs" and the promotion of "justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities".
The House resolution has nine co-sponsors and climate champion Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA will introduce companion legislation in the Senate, according to the letter.
The resolution paints a grim view of present-day America, saying it is "experiencing several related crises" including declining life expectancy, economic stagnation, erosion of worker bargaining power, increasing income inequality and the exacerbation of "systemic racial, regional, social, environmental and economic injustices".
The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama. Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it.