House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the members of her new climate change panel Thursday, and one name was startlingly absent: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman lawmaker who has made climate change her cause celebre. Pelosi, however, says AOC was not excluded but rather rejected a spot. The announcement ironically was made on the same day that AOC announced her “Green New Deal,” which would end fossil fuel use in America in an entire rehaul of the free market system to redistribute wealth, income, and jobs in good socialist fashion and all under the banner of combating climate change.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the appointments on the day Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her “Green New Deal” initiative aimed at ending the use of fossil fuels in America in the coming decades. The “Green New Deal” would transform the U.S. economy through a massive mobilization of resources by the government in order not just to reduce carbon emissions but also to alleviate income and wealth inequality.

Pelosi named Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., to chair the panel as well as eight other Democrats.

“This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“It will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”