AOC now blames ‘racial injustice’ for the climate crisis as she relaunches her Green New Deal
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday relaunched the 2019 climate change plan
- She told reporters on Capitol Hill climate change was a result of racial policy
- She urged the crafting of legislation to address climate change and inequality
- The New York congresswoman’s comments were roundly mocked by critics
- Her Green New Deal has for years been a source of ridicule for Republicans
- Critics say it threatens American energy independence and economic might
The New York congresswoman on Tuesday spoke in front of the Capitol to promote her plan, which set a series of ambitious targets such as eliminating U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade and transitioning the economy away from fossil fuels.
Ocasio-Cortez said that climate change must be viewed through the lens of race.
‘The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice, and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost,’ she said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday re-launched her plan to combat climate change
AOC, as she is known, promoted the plan with the slogan ‘jobs, justice, climate action’
‘Which means that we must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change, that the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change.
‘Because we are allowing people, and we are allowing ourselves, to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to health care, the right to housing and education.’
Her comments were immediately seized upon by her conservative critics, after Mike Berg, deputy communications director for the Republican National Convention, tweeted: ‘Wut?’
Commentator Mark Steyn appeared on Fox News on Wednesday night, calling it ‘rubbish’ and laughable.
‘The people who really laugh at this are Xi and the Chinese politburo,’ he told host Tucker Carlson.
‘Because they don’t have to bother talking about all of this. It frees up all of their time to talk about something important and something true.’
Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn laughed at Ocasio-Cortez’s claim on Wednesday night
Carlson agreed, adding: ‘Climate change is racism is indigenous rights is infrastructure – it’s all bad, give me power.’
He said her words eroded ‘any incentive for anyone to engage in reason or measured debate. All they do is scream things that are demonstrably untrue, and it works.’
Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also attacked Ocasio-Cortez’s policy.
She said it would ‘destroy the US’s oil and gas industry’, saying it would remove the country’s ‘negotiating power in the world’.