Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, who recently won her Democratic primary to represent New York\u0026#039;s deep blue 14th Congressional District—defeating a longtime representative who was a powerful player in the party—is running on a climate platform that is exciting scientists and constituents alike.\r\n\r\n\u0022A plan of the magnitude and pace proposed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez would be a critically important step in the right direction, albeit long overdue.\u0022\r\n—Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University\r\n\r\nOcasio-Cortez \u0022strongly supports transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100 percent renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035,\u0022 which, according to her platform, she hopes to achieve by \u0022encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation, and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal—a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment,\u0022 the platform declares. \u0022The Green New Deal believes that radically addressing climate change is a potential path towards a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile reports over the past week have heralded the 28-year-old progressive candidate as the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s next champion of climate policy, in a New Republic article published Tuesday, journalist Emily Atkins asked experts to weigh in on a plan that, as Ocasio-Cortez described it, would be \u0022similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that aggressive action is needed to stave off the violent storms, rising seas, and debilitating droughts projected to worsen as the climate warms,\u0022 Atkins wrote. \u0022That means rapidly decarbonizing the U.S. economy—much like Ocasio-Cortez has proposed.\u0026nbsp;But for most of the climate scientists I spoke to, their alignment with Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s plan stops there.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Climate scientists tell me Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s plan to fight climate change is \u0026#039;audacious and bold,\u0026#039; but also half-baked. But half-baked is further along than most Democrats, who haven\u0026#039;t even entered the oven.\u0022\r\n—Emily Atkins, The New Republic\r\n\r\nSimply put, experts told Atkins \u0022the Green New Deal lacks some important details.\u0022 Penn State climate scientist David Titley, who was previously a leader at NOAA, asked: \u0022How will energy be stored as an economical cost if only using wind and solar? What is the role for nuclear power in such a plan? Who will fund this transition?\u0022\r\n\r\nJennifer Francis of Rutgers University\u0026#039;s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences explained that a quick transition isn\u0026#039;t enough, because \u0022the\u0026nbsp;heat-trapping greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere will remain there for at least a century and cause additional impacts.\u0022\r\n\r\nThus, she continued, \u0022the plan to convert to renewable energy sources must be accompanied by efforts and resources to develop technology that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, along with a carbon fee to discourage further extraction and burning of fossil fuels.\u0022\r\n\r\nEven so, Francis added, \u0022a plan of the magnitude and pace proposed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez would be a critically important step in the right direction, albeit long overdue.\u0022 Michael Mann,\u0026nbsp;director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State, said, \u0022This is just the sort of audacious and bold thinking we will need if we are going to avert a climate crisis.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Atkins summarized on Twitter:\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nClimate scientists tell me Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s plan to fight climate change is \u0022audacious and bold,\u0022 but also half-baked.\r\n\r\nBut half-baked is further along than most Democrats, who haven\u0026#039;t even entered the oven. https://t.co/nCZuhhGY59\r\n— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) July 3, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\nAlthough experts believe Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s plan needs some work, as Alexander Kaufman\u0026nbsp;noted for The Huffington Post, \u0022her detailed proposals to deal with\u0026nbsp;climate change could prove among the most influential at a time when the\u0026nbsp;Democrats have failed to rally around any policy that could feasibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically enough to make a difference.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf @Ocasio2018 wins, it\u0026#039;ll be a historic victory for the climate movement.\r\n\r\nHer proposal -- outlined here in an email to me -- to deal with global warming is among the only equitable and scientifically realistic policies put forward by any Democrat running this year. pic.twitter.com/UDJKBNcifZ\r\n— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) June 26, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile some members of Congress have vowed to take action on the climate, the most promising measure—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard\u0026#039;s (D-Hawaii) OFF Act—has been stalled in committee for months. With heat waves breaking records worldwide and wildfires tearing through the Western United States, dozens of candidates are campaigning on the promise to do more to address the climate crisis.\r\n\u0022We need more environmental hardliners in Congress,\u0022 Ocasio-Cortez told In These Times just before her primary victory, pointing out that climate action could even rally Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election but are frustrated by their experiences with the warming planet.\r\n\r\nAs she put it:\r\n\r\n\r\nThere is an electorate here that is listening. It\u0026#039;s kind of ironic, because the areas of the district that are experiencing the worst of climate volatility right now are actually pockets of Democrats who voted for Trump. In that case, environmentalism and addressing climate change is becoming a bipartisan issue in frontline communities. They may have voted for Trump, but they are screaming at the top of their lungs that their elected officials aren\u0026#039;t rebuilding the crumbling seawall.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRead Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s full climate platform, \u0022Mobilizing Against Climate Change,\u0022 on her website.