New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez certainly has started her time at Capitol Hill off with a bang, by joining a climate change protest held outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.

The self-described Democratic socialist, who’ll be entering Congress next year, joined environmental activists from the Sunrise Movement to demand legislation to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and a special committee in Congress to address climate change.

They later staged a sit-in, where some were arrested.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t present for the arrests, which were planned as part of the protests, said Corbin Trent, her spokesman.

She also didn’t encounter Pelosi in her office.

“She was a movement candidate and she’ll be a movement representative,” Trent told The Post.

Ocasio-Cortez offered encouragement to the protesters, who do not seem to be big fans of Pelosi

“I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you for putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure that we save our planet, our generation and our future,” she said, before adding the need for renewable energy.

“We don’t have a choice,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez added. “We do not have a choice. We have to get to 100% renewable energy There is no other option.”

Ms Pelosi released a statement on Tuesday expressing her support for Sunrise’s dedication to environmental activism and in “reinstating the select committee to address the crisis.” But the activists said her words are not enough, suggesting she step down from Democratic leadership if she cannot commit to joining the Green New Deal platform.

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez complained that she couldn’t afford an apartment in the expensive Washington, D.C. market.

However, a little investigation turned up a bank account that could accommodate reasonably priced accommodations for the young and highly entertaining politico.

Ocasio-Cortez left her day job as a waitress at a New York bar mid-February and reportedly began living off her savings and her partner’s income in a one-bedroom apartment with an estimated rent of around $1,850 a month, so she could focus on her campaign against Crowley.

She reported having between $15,001 and $50,000 in her checking account as of the end of April 2018, according to a Financial Disclosure Report she submitted to the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The financial disclosure also reveals that she has an investment account valued between $1,001 and $15,000.

…Ocasio-Cortez has since backtracked from the thrust of the issue, tweeting that her apartment situation is being sorted out and she’s “working it out.”

Meanwhile, a new report from the Energy Information Agency shows that the United States has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 28% from 2005 levels.

U.S. electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined 28% since 2005 because of slower electricity demand growth and changes in the mix of fuels used to generate electricity. EIA has calculated that CO2 emissions from the electric power sector totaled 1,744 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2017, the lowest level since 1987.

In the United States, most of the changes in energy-related CO2 emissions have been in the power sector. Since 2005, as power sector CO2 emissions fell by 28%, CO2 emissions from all other energy sectors fell by only 5%. Slower electricity demand growth and changes in the electricity generation mix have played nearly equal roles in reducing U.S. power sector CO2 emissions.

In conclusion, the only real risk of global warming now is from the hot air emissions that have substantially increased from Congress, and it appears the soon-to-be Congresswoman will be a chief contributor.


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