WATCH: Liz Cheney Roils Dems in Climate Change Hearing by Pressing Witnesses on 'Green New Deal'
Rep. Liz Cheney caused an uproar during a House hearing on climate change when she pressed witnesses on whether they support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal."
Cheney (R-Wyo.) said that she hails from the largest coal-producing state and asked witnesses at the House Natural Resources Committee hearing about how the Green New Deal can facilitate moving America off fossil fuel power.
"We're no longer going to have air travel apparently," Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said, asking the witnesses how they each arrived in Washington.
The witnesses said they either drove or flew.
Cheney asked Chandra Farley, of the Partnership for Southern Equity, how she would prioritize the reduction of air travel, which she said was only one facet of the multiple activities that would have to be curbed to abide by the Green New Deal.
Farley said that she would ask the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to "tackle that question," adding that the Green New Deal is a "sweeping collection of recommendations and policy."
Cheney said that, in that case, the FAA would have to tell citizens whether or not the air travel they wanted to take would be "worthy" in the government's eyes.
"Would you say we'd have some sort of 'vacation commissar' in the government?" she asked, which caused Colorado Democrat Jared Huffman to interrupt:
"[Cheney] is badly mischaracterizing the resolution on the Green New Deal. This is fiction," he said.
Cheney called on Chairman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) to restore her lost time and asked the panel of witnesses to indicate whether they support Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.
When no one raised their hand, Farley said that she supports "many of the policies and recommendations... and any climate solution strategy grounded in equity."
Cheney told the panel that when America is forced to "outlaw air travel" under the Green New Deal, as well as "cars [and] potentially all of the U.S. military" that Congress should "explain to this country what this really means."
In that case, she said, "my colleagues from California will be riding their bicycles back home to their constituents."