Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is quickly earning a reputation as someone who is either loved or loathed both in Washington and across the country. Her latest environmental resolution, a Green New Deal, is supported among all of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates but has received wide criticism from Republicans.
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to set one critic straight. Rep. Cortez had tweeted “our actual proposals are popular, grounded, + difficult to refute…”
One ill-informed user tweeted back:
‘Grounded? In what, cow farts and economic security for the unwilling to work?’
Ocasio-Cortez promptly responded to his ignorance, writing:
‘I’m just gonna put you down as: “haven’t even read the proposal I (apparently) have an opinion on.” Here’s a link to the actual resolution text if you ever decide that you’d like to inform yourself on it: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text…’
Not only are many people uninformed regarding the bill, but they ultimately lack important knowledge about climate change in general. The rest of the Twitter world had plenty to say too:
Former Vice President Al Gore made a statement saying that when Americans understood what climate change would mean for their children and grandchildren, “they will demand that whoever is running for office, whoever is elected to serve, will have to respond.”
For twelve years though politicians have not truly responded, and when Gore made that statement, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teeenager. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has now quickly become a very influential member of Congress who is responding to climate change in a huge way.
At a press conference, Ocasio-Cortez said:
‘Climate change and our environmental challenges are one of the biggest existential threats to our way of life, not just as a nation, but as a world. In order for us to combat that threat, we must be as ambitious and innovative as possible.’
This is just what her plan aims to do.
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