The children were with the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy organization, and approached Feinstein in hopes she would support the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that includes an overhaul of US energy that seeks to stall the effects of climate change. "I know what I'm doing", Feinstein said. "I know what I'm doing", Feinstein said.
The Green New Deal is a far-left plan created to implement government control over large portions of the US economy that Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl has estimated could potentially cost up to approximately $100 trillion.
The Sunrise Movement's capable moment on Friday shows the increasingly important tactic of recording direct contact with lawmakers to distribute on social media - executed most effectively by Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who confronted then-Senator Jeff Flake about his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.
That video underscored some of the more fiery remarks Feinstein made and was posted with the caption, "This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution - with smugness + disrespect".
This is a fight for our generation's survival.
"Well, it's not going to get turned around in 10 years", Feinstein said. "You come in here and you say, 'It has to be my way or the highway.' I don't respond to that". "I don't respond to that".
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"Some scientists have said we have 12 years to turn this around", a girl told the senator.
"I've gotten elected. I just ran", she continues.
Tom Nichols tweeted: "I know this is bad retail politics, but man, I love seeing Feinstein telling off a bunch of kids - and I'm not even kidding". In the full version, Feinstein explained why she believes her own climate-change legislation is better than the Green New Deal. As you read this, young people in Europe and the United States are organizing marches, walk-outs, and sit-ins to protest the way their governments are handling (or ignoring) climate change.
"How old are you?"
"Well, you didn't vote for me", the senator says.
Sunrise Movement, a budding environmental organization that urges lawmakers to take action on climate change, tweeted footage of a group of children with some adults at the senator's office in San Francisco urging her to address the issue. Toward the end of the longer video, the senator is seen speaking with one of the students about a potential internship opportunity.
"Well, you didn't vote for me", Feinstein snaps back. "I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation", Feinstein wrote.