The Green New Deal died in the Senate, but could live on in 2020 presidential elections

Green New Deal remains in the spotlight for the 2020 elections

For decades, climate change has been a political hot potato. Its very existence has become a red line between some factions. But because of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's polarizing Green New Deal, climate change could become a big issue in the 2020 presidential elections.

It's dividing Democrats, and it's become a punchline among conservatives.

Senate Republicans just forced a procedural vote on the long-shot Green New Deal resolution.

The measure failed.

The vast majority of Democrats voted "present" to avoid going on record on something that couldn't pass in a GOP-controlled Senate. That would have left them open to attacks on the 2020 campaign trail.

But the Green New Deal has already affected the political landscape in a big way. Here's how.