Rolling Stone, February 23, 2019
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) met with a group of child climate activists from the Sunrise Movement in her regional senate office on Friday. The children were there to hand Feinstein a letter they had written urging her to support the Green New Deal, an aggressive climate change bill spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
But instead of engaging respectfully with the kids, Feinstein took a defensive and condescending attitude, telling them that it is there is “no way to pay for” the proposed actions in the Green New Deal.
“There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” Feinstein said. “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”
Feinstein also told the kids that the Green New Deal won’t pass because no Republicans have signed on to co-sponsor it.
“That resolution will not pass the [Republican-controlled] Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here,” she said, adding, “The key to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead.”
“We’re asking you to be brave and do this for us and your grandchildren,” one activist pleaded.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’ve been doing,” Feinstein said. “You come in here and say it has to be my way or the highway. I’ve gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality and I know what I’m doing. Maybe people should listen a little bit.”
“I hear what you’re saying,” a teenage activist responded. “But we’re the people who voted you, you’re supposed to listen to us.”
“How old are you?” Feinstein asked. ...
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