“Climate delayers are the new climate deniers”
In a bizarre Instagram live, presumably filmed from her kitchen, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez prattled on about climate change, took a couple pot shots at Senator Diane Feinstein, and said climate change is killing thousands of people.
While cooking chili and addressing supporters during an Instagram live stream Sunday evening, Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Feinstein’s viral rebuttal to a group of kids urging her to support the the [sic] freshman congresswoman’s environmental resolution.
“The issue has gotten worse. So I don’t think that working on an issue for 30 years alone is what qualifies as — as what makes someone qualified to solve an issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a clear swipe at Feinstein.
“That said, there are a lot of people that have been doing this work for decades that have proposed ambitious solutions for years and have not been listened to,” she added. “So it’s not just, ‘I’ve been doing this for 30 years,’ so we need to listen to them because frankly people have been failing at the same things for 30 or 40 years. What we need to do is say, ‘What solutions have not been tried yet? And what ambitious scale have we not shot at yet.’ And let’s do it.”
During the live stream, Ocasio-Cortez also questioned whether people should still have children because of climate change and further warned that “we have one shot” as “thousands” of people are dying due to its onslaught. The 29-year-old Democratic Socialist said “climate delayers are the new climate deniers” and politicians who seek to “fix” climate change with a carbon tax alone are “part of the problem,” arguing a real solution has to match the magnitude of the problem.
Progressives envisioning a Green New Deal have turned away from carbon pricing in favor of government mandates to transition the U.S. to entirely renewable energy.
A group of children confronted Feinstein on Friday morning, demanding she vote for the Green New Deal. However, the senator wasn’t having it.
“You know what’s interesting about this group? I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’m doing. You come in here, and you say, ‘It has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that. I’ve gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million-vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing. Maybe people should listen a little bit,” Feinstein said in a video of the encounter outside the Democrat’s San Francisco office shared on social media by the Sunrise Movement, a progressive climate advocacy group.
— Gob Abierto (@GobAbiertoBOL) February 25, 2019
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