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By Alex Seitz-Wald
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, is the largest star of the Democratic Party at the moment, and her Green New Deal, which requires massive public investment and regulations to combat climate change, is her signature problem.
It's popular. A whopping 91 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers say they favor candidates who support it, according to a Des Moines Register study. And all six Senate Democrats run for the president's co-responsible Ocasio-Cortez bill. Former Rep. Beto O & # 39; Rourke said, "I haven't seen anything better" to fight climate change.
But much of that support can be soft, as many presidential candidates qualify their support by saying they say you are open to many possible ways to combat climate change.
Enter Hickenlooper, who resisted his plan in a Washington Post entitled "The Green New Deal sets us up for failure." His campaign then made sure that journalists looked up-ed and made him available for interviews.
"I wasn't out there trying to tear apart," Hickenlooper told NBC News in a telephone interview. "I totally agree with the sense of urgency – we are within a decade or so of suffering irreparable damage to the planet."
He likes the idea of a Green New Deal, just not this. He pointed to its inclusion of issues as a federal job guarantee. His op-ed cited a fact sheet published by the Ocasio-Cortez office that does not reflect the content of her bill and which she later disowned and criticized the plan not to recognize the role of the private sector or the economic distortion that would
"Promotions It's about different voices and different positions, and I felt there was an advantage at the beginning of the discussion on what a more focused Green New Deal would look like, "he said.
Politically helping drag Hickenlooper with the ideological space he hopes to occupy in the overcrowded primary, as his advisers look as open to great ideas, but pragmatic. It is a position that in some cases seemed confused as when Hickenlooper struggled to answer whether he is a capitalist. The only other candidate for opposes the green New Deal, the former Rep. John Delaney.
For Hickenlooper, who once worked as a geologist in the oil and gas industry and recently drank non-alcoholic beverage to show it was non-toxic, a better solution involves bringing together associations and environmentalists together and encouraging them to cooperate.
It's a belief in compromise – critics would say a blind – informed by his experience in Colorado, where he facilitated a process that led to fracking regulations embraced by both extractors and environmentalists.
Of course, upscaling up to national level and to many more industries will be another matter entirely. And much of the environmental movement has now gone beyond mere regulation and will keep carbon in the ground and prevent it from being mined at all.
But Hickenlooper believes that there is always a way to compromise.
"Trust me, people told me when I said I would get the industry and environmentalists to sit together …" You are ignorant and naive, and it will never happen, "he remembers." in the end it has worked. It takes time, but it is not impossible. "
He will put this belief in the test next week when he is making a campaign turn south in some of the most conservative states in the country: Alabama, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina.