Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said a lot of head-scratching things since arriving in Congress, and many of her dumbest remarks have come in reference to climate change. In January, the Green New Deal-author told an audience at the MLK Now Event in New York that her supporters were freaking out because we have only a limited amount of time to save the climate before it’s too late.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Apparently if a leftist urge is great enough, the money just magically appears out of the sky.
But this week, perhaps sensing that he has lost almost all of his forward momentum since entering the presidential race, Beto O’Rourke decided to go full Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, he decided he would do her one better. In introducing his own form of a “green new deal,” the former Texas congressman told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that we’re down to 10 years and counting. He’s proposing an initiative that would reduce U.S. carbon emissions to zero by 2050 – a plan that would cost, by his own estimate, $5 trillion over the next 10 years.
“Do you see the oil and gas industry as an opponent in that?” Hayes asked, showing a gift for understatement.
“We know that certain oil and gas corporations have been fighting public policy on this issue, have been hiding their own science and research at the expense of our climate and human life,” O’Rourke said. “So whenever those two things come in contrast or in opposition, I’m always going to choose the people of this country.
“Having said that,” he continued, “I want to make sure those who work in the oil and gas industry, those who work in the fossil fuel industry are brought along as partners to make sure that we make this transition in the ten years we have left to us as the science and scientists tell us to make the kind of bold change that we need.”
The ten years we have left to us.
Man, if we put people like Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke in charge of our collective future, we may have less time than that.