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Georgia lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will debate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal — but only after she reads “all 14 pages” of it.
Greene tweeted she was “glad” to run into AOC and that they would “schedule time” for the debate after she reads the 14-page Green New Deal document.
AOC has not confirmed this debate, but the two were pictured chatting on the House floor on Wednesday — nor has she publicly responded to Greene.
I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal.After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate.#MTGvsAOC pic.twitter.com/viuH5Uj0oD
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 21, 2021
Insider has reached out to both Green and Ocasio-Cortez for comment.
Greene has been pushing for a debate on pay-per-view TV with the New York congresswoman, during which she plans to duke it out with Ocasio-Cortez over the climate change proposal.
In a series of tweets on April 14, Greene said the debate would be “informative for the American people” and suggested that she and Ocasio-Cortez “negotiate a major news network to host the debate,” with each of them choosing one moderator.
“Since you sponsored the Green New Deal and have a degree in Economics, I’m sure you are more than qualified,” Greene wrote.
She added that she, too, has qualifications of her own, tweeting: “I just have a degree in business admin and have owned a construction company for 20 years.”
As for where monetary earnings from the pay-per-view debate would go, Greene also suggested they could split the money raised.
Democratic legislators — including Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey — re-introduced the Green New Deal resolution on Tuesday.
The non-binding resolution, first introduced in February 2019, offers a ten-year plan to eliminate the US’s greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, and transition America’s economy toward one that does not rely on fossil fuels.
Greene has been a vocal critic of AOC and the Green New Deal. In February, at a Murray County, Georgia, town hall, she argued: “Maybe perhaps we live on a ball that rotates around the sun, that flies through the universe, and maybe our climate just changes.”
There is a 97% consensus among the scientific community that humans are the cause of climate change.
Greene also previously posited that the California wildfires were not caused by climate change but by space lasers funded by Jewish investment firms, a claim that was blasted for being inaccurate and antisemitic.