Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRep. Gosar posts anime video showing him striking Biden, Ocasio-CortezEx-Clinton strategist: Va. results show Democrats ‘have gone too far to the left on key issues for educated suburban voters’Pediatrician unveils challenge to GOP’s Mace in South CarolinaMORE (D-N.Y.), speaking at the COP26 international climate summit Tuesday, praised environmental activists and said their efforts had reframed climate discussions at the policy level.

The New York congresswoman echoed other U.S. officials at the summit, saying that America is back when it comes to international climate policy. However, she clarified, when we say the United States is back, its not just that were back in the way that the U.S. was pursuing climate policy before … were not just back, were different, and we are more just.

Ocasio-Cortez discussed her experiences demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline with members of the Lakota Sioux nation, saying that at that time, I think we see many institutions saying, alright, the folks making policy, were the serious ones in the room, and were going to do the best we can, and everyone whos outside protesting, its good but were the serious ones, they dont have any plans.

However, she said, the influence of grassroots activism throughout the Trump presidency helped to create an alternative path, an alternative framework for how we can pursue climate justice.

That approach, she said, helped to create ambitions beyond the pure market-based solutions of previous years, such as cap-and-trade legislation and carbon taxes. The introduction to the conversation of policies such as the Green New Deal, she said, fed an understanding that we cant actually just pursue decarbonization … it has to center a benefit for the working class, for the vulnerable, for frontline communities, people of color, women, underserved communities.

Ocasio-Cortez also praised President BidenJoe BidenNicaragua’s Ortega set to win election amid international criticismRep. Gosar posts anime video showing him striking Biden, Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy & Environment Presented by ExxonMobil Activists cry foul over COP26 draftMOREs receptiveness to the grassroots on climate issues, saying it had contributed to the translation of that grassroots frame into federal policy. She pointed to the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in the Democratic social spending bill being passed through budget reconciliation.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of six Democrats who on Friday voted against the smaller $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which House progressives had said they would only vote for in combination with the larger reconciliation bill.

Ocasio-Cortez, who attended with a delegation of House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending bill faces Senate scrambleChristie on 2020 election: ‘No matter where you stand, it is over’After a brutal election day, Democrats make a wise turn back to the centerMORE (D-Calif.), spoke to reporters as she arrived in Glasgow, saying were here to push on climate, The New York Times reported.

Its time for us to re-examine our first-world and global governments, to re-examine their priorities about what is possible, and really try to push them on the boundaries of that, she said.