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.