Democrats rally for Biden to keep climate promises

New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among a group of progressive Democrats who rallied in front of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday to urge President-elect Joe Biden to "keep his promises" to working families, women, minorities and climate activists as he fills his cabinet.

In July, Biden outlined an ambitious climate plan that would spend $2 trillion over four years investing in clean-energy infrastructure while vowing to cut carbon emissions from electrical power to zero in 15 years.

In a nod to progressives in the Democratic Party, the plan was a more aggressive approach on climate policy than he adopted during the Democratic presidential primary.

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- (SINGING) We are healing what is wrong. We are standing for our futures, and together we are strong.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: We have worked with the Biden administration to secure a commitment on a $2 trillion climate plan-- $2 trillion. But we're not going to stop there. We're not going to stop with a piece of paper. That's not what's going to happen.

We vote. People vote. Young people vote, and it's about time-- long past time that we recognize and understand that we owe our seats, we owe our political power because of young people, because of the movement for Black lives, because of women, because of the working class across this country.

ILHAN OMAR: The urgency we feel is very different than the people who turn a blind eye to the ticking time bomb of this climate crisis.

ED MARKEY: What do you call 100 years of tax breaks for the oil and the gas and the coal industry? And what we're saying is give us the same breaks for wind and solar and all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and battery storage technologies, and we will bury the fossil-fuel industry. That is what this fight is all about.