Senator tells youth climate change activists "I know what I'm doing"

Senator tells youth climate change activists

Senator tells youth climate change activists "I know what I'm doing"

"I'm trying to do the best I can, which was to write a responsible resolution", Feinstein said.

However, soon after the video was posted by Sunrise Bay Area - a group of youth dedicated to stopping the climate crisis, according to its website - Feinstein was criticized for being too harsh on the kids.

"You know what's interesting about this group?"

She added, "I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century, and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass". I think you're referring to some sort of document - I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is drawing criticism for snapping at a group of schoolchildren who demanded that she vote "yes" on the Green New Deal - but her supporters defend her for engaging with them on the subject.

They instead rallied outside her San Francisco office Friday when Feinstein happened to walk passed them, Cina-Sklar said. The congresswoman joined climate change activists in a protest outside the office of now-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the very first day of her freshman orientation on Capitol Hill back in November.

When the students told her she has to listen to them because they voted for them, Feinstein challenged one student on her age until she admitted she was 16.

She did not say definitively which way she'd vote on the deal, telling one student she could support the measure. The resolution itself, released earlier this month by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey points to a major report on global warming released by the United Nations last October that says catastrophic climate change could cost more than $500 billion annually in lost economic output in the 2100.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) waits to board an elevator after a vote on January 31 on Capitol Hill.

When asked whether the shortened video version, edited by Sunrise Movement, is an accurate depiction of the exchange - Cina-Sklar said "absolutely".

Feinstein told the woman, "Well, you know better than I do".

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Feinstein's liberal challenger in the 2018 election, Kevin de Leόn, did not mention Feinstein directly after the video spread across the Internet, but tweeted "Climate change is real, and we won't survive what's coming unless EVERYONE is part of the conversation".

Feinstein told the young activists Friday that "there is no way to pay" for the Green New Deal, a sweeping resolution being championed by progressive lawmakers that includes provisions such as investing in high-speed rail and upgrading every building.

They say the meeting with the senator was unexpected, but it gave them a bigger stage than they ever imagined. "I've gotten elected, I just ran, I was elected by nearly a million vote plurality". "I think that's what's really important".

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