Socialist congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw a fit on the House floor Tuesday after Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy rebuked the “Green New Deal” as an elitist pet project that would needlessly rob working class Americans of their hard-earned money.
To prove his point, Duffy introduced a last-minute amendment to a homelessness bill that would impose GND-equivalent standards on homes built to house the homeless, according to Fox News. Had the amendment been approved, it would have skyrocketed the costs of building these homes.
“The Green New Deal is one that, if you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California, it sounds great because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe,” he said in a floor speech.
He also slammed the hypocrisy of those like Ocasio-Cortez who bark loudly about the need for everybody to dramatically alter their lifestyle to prevent impending global doom by climate change but then turn around and refuse to change their own carbon-spewing lifestyle.
Listen to part of his speech below:
In response, AOC threw a fit.
“This is not an elitist issue, this is a quality of life issue,” she howled in rage. “You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the south Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country.”
“Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids have their blood ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist.”
Except, one, the Environmental Protection Agency already handles such concerns, and two, the GND’s radical proposals seem to have very little to do with clean air and clean water.
The proposal calls for essentially redesigning America from top to bottom and creating a utopia where everybody is guaranteed a job (assuming they want one), in addition to free education, free healthcare, free housing, etc. The deal also calls for eliminating combustion-engine vehicles (i.e., cars), airplanes, fossil fuel energy, nuclear energy, meat and even farting cows.
“This is about American lives, and it should not be partisan,” she continued bloviating. “Science should not be partisan. We talk about cost. We’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we are going to pay. And we’re either going to decide if we’re going to pay to react, or if we’re going to pay to be proactive.”
“A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000,” the Associated Press reported in 1989.
Thirty years have passed, and not a single nation had been “wiped off the face of the Earth.”
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— Top Blog Sites (@TopInfoBlogs) March 4, 2019
Interestingly, AOC referenced the reports from 30 years ago.
“I’m very sad to say that the government knew that climate change was real starting as far back as 1989 when NASA was reporting this. And the private sector knew way back in the 1970s. So, we had until around the time I was born to address this issue,” she said.
“I wish it didn’t have to cost so much, but I’m going to turn 30 this year and for the entire 30 years of my lifetime we did not make substantial investments to prepare our entire country for what we knew was coming.”
It still remains unclear what’s “coming.”
Even former President Barack Hussein Obama recognizes that costs matter. Fox notes that on Monday he met with freshmen Democrats like AOC to remind them of how the real world works.
“He said we [as Democrats] shouldn’t be afraid of big, bold ideas — but also need to think in the nitty-gritty about how those big, bold ideas will work and how you pay for them,” a source familiar with the discussions reportedly told The Washington Post.
Yet less than 24 hours later AOC rushed to the House floor to lecture her Republican colleagues about how the GND’s estimated price tag — $600,000 per household — is irrelevant.
Either she has poor listening/comprehension skills, or she’s just that arrogant.
No matter, though, because when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the GND up for a vote Tuesday afternoon, zero senators — including Democrats — voted for it.
Today I challenged Democrats to practice what they preach and abide by the Green New Deal regulations that they want to place on all of America.
It’s no wonder that not a single Senate Democrat voted for the Green New Deal, even though they claim to support it. pic.twitter.com/2zof7Nw74q
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) March 26, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez may not care for reality, but it’s clear everybody else does.
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