Democrats - who long have acknowledged the threat of climate change while ranking the issue low on the list of priorities - have also been jolted into action by the Green New Deal. It smells so disingenuous, especially to young voters.
"But honestly, I think you've got to remember if they think the cows smell bad, just wait till they get a whiff of the sea horses", he said.
All 53 Republicans oppose the Green New Deal.
Sen. Lee also displayed images of a repto-mammal space lizard and Aquaman to support his argument against what many conservatives claim is the Green New Deal's plan to eliminate air travel. "It's going to take us a little while to come up with a consensus that works", he said. Democrats thus argue that the vote scheduled for 4 p.m. ET will occur before the plan has been debated in Congress or on the national stage.
In an interview with TIME, Ocasio-Cortez expressed frustration with critics who have picked apart the resolution. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voting "present". John Cornyn, the NRSC said Castro 'votes with AOC 94% of the time'. "Under the Green New Deal, this is probably Hawaii's best bet". "It's no more serious to display Ronald Reagan, holding a machine gun, flying on the back of a velociraptor, holding a tattered American flag, and suggest he fired the closing shot of the culminating battle in the Cold War than it is to say the Green New Deal is somehow going to end the problems associated with using fossil fuels".
It is also an economic plan, which calls for massive federal investment, enhancing the social safety net, and millions of new jobs to overhaul the energy and infrastructure industries in the U.S.
McConnell's decision to hold a vote on the deal suffered a blistering rebuke from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a co-sponsor of the legislation. "To put it mildly the Green New Deal is ambitious".
But it's Lee whose speech really plumbed the depths of civil discourse in the halls of American government today.
Rather than taking a true political risk and voting for the nonsense legislation and at least proving their sincerity, Democrats have made a decision to hedge their bets - praising the Green New Deal in public but refusing to stick their necks out for it.
"This isn't radical; this isn't socialism; this is basic common sense", Hirono said.
"McConnell panned Democrats" "present" strategy on Tuesday. Combating this crisis first requires the Republican majority to stop denying science and finally admit that climate change is real and humans are the dominant cause. They literally have no bill and they have no plan. "The United States should launch a new Manhattan Project for clean energy - a five-year project with 10 grand challenges that will use American research and technology to put our country and our world on the path toward cleaner, cheaper energy".
The attacks have succeeded in putting Democrats on the spot, with some backing the resolution, others downplaying it as aspirational and those in positions of power - such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - calling it one proposal among many to address climate change.
He opens with some garden-variety climate denial: "Unlike some of my colleagues, I'm not immediately afraid of what carbon emissions unaddressed might do to our environment in the near-term future or our civilization or our planet in the next few years". Alexander is not seeking re-election in 2020. A spokesman for the group told NPR the Senate vote was "a sham".
To poke fun at a liberal plan to tackle climate change, Sen.
Top Democrats still insisted they'd won.