Valerie Plame Praises Lack of Details in Green New Deal

December 5, 2019

New Mexico Democratic congressional candidate Valerie Plame on Wednesday praised the Green New Deal for its lack of details.

"What I love about the Green New Deal is that it is an aspirational document. It doesn't lay out all the details, and how we get there of course will be contentious, but what I love is the idea it's an inspiration and that's what leadership is about," Plame told liberal podcast host Ana Kasparian during an appearance on "The Young Turks" podcast.

"That's what President John Kennedy did when he said, 'You know we're going to go to the moon. There's going to be a man on the moon in a decade.' You set that out there and you move toward that," she added.

Kasparian later asked Plame about Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) turning the Green New Deal into actual legislation.

"Have you read that legislation? Is it something you are supportive of?" Kasparian asked.

"I'm not that familiar to be able to say what parts of it I agree with, but in general the Green New Deal is something that I think makes absolute sense not only for New Mexico, but for the nation as a whole. We have to get off our reliance on fossil fuels," Plame said.

Sanders rolled out his $16.3 trillion version of the Green New Deal in August. His plan, which would cost 20 times as much as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, calls for the United States to have 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and entirely decarbonize by 2050.

Plame is not the only Democrat who has compared the Green New Deal to a major historical event. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), who first introduced the Green New Deal resolution in early 2019, compared the fight against climate change to winning World War II. She also compared people who oppose the Green New Deal to white opponents of the civil rights movement.