Yes, she really did say that.
At an event commemorating Martin Luther King Day, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that the issue of climate change is ‘generational’ and is a huge concern for younger people.
Although the issue of climate change has been studied widely by scientists all over the world, and many reports have been issued about the need to make some changes to keep the planet from warming, they have not made any predictions about the end of the world. Last fall, a widely publicized study stated that something ‘must be done’ in the next 10 years or it will be ‘too late’ but still doesn’t mention predict the end of life as we know it. And of course, as much as the Media(D) tries to hide them, there are scientists that are skeptical of how the data gathered is being used, like Dr. Michael Patricks, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute.
Ocasio-Cortez is a big fan of the Green New Deal, an integrated strategy that will:
- combat climate change
- radically alter our farming and food industries
- introduce a $15/hr minimum wage
- provide universal healthcare
- provide free college tuition
- social justice
How will this magical plan work exactly? Well, the details aren’t clear, but it does involve taxation. Very, very high taxation. But don’t worry — they only tax ‘the rich’ which is an undefined term that means ‘people with more money than me’.
Leftists are gushing over the prospect of a Green New Deal (GND).
In the U.S., an insurgent slate of newly elected members of Congress, inspired by the Sunrise Movement and led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have generated headlines and popular support by calling for a Green New Deal (GND), a 21st Century upgrade of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal carried out during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Given the severity of the climate crisis, and the deterioration of the U.S. and global status quo (economic, political, health and environment), it’s no exaggeration to state that the GND is perhaps the most significant blueprint for system change in 100 years.
The GND’s call for a mass conversion to renewable energy and zero emissions of greenhouse gases in the U.S. by 2030, is in line with what most scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.
But what’s new, and long overdue in this evolving manifesto is that the GND also calls for the greening, “just transition” and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from our multi-trillion-dollar food and farming system as well. That call is long overdue, especially given that our degenerative food system generates 44-57 percent of all global greenhouse gases.
Beyond offering comprehensive energy and agricultural solutions for our climate emergency, what is truly game-changing and revolutionary about the GND is that it calls for system-wide economic regeneration as well: full employment, $15/hr. minimum wage, universal health care, free public education, and economic justice for all—policies extremely popular with the overwhelming majority of the body politic, including students, working class communities and low-income groups.
By bringing together the concerns of youth, food, farmer, environmental and climate activists, with the bread-and-butter concerns of workers and frontline communities, the GND offers nothing less than a contemporary roadmap for survival and regeneration.
Source: Regeneration International
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report last year on how vital it is that the planet not warm more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. (For those of you that don’t know what that means, it’s basically making your fridge one setting warmer. Not so much of a problem, but your milk might spoil faster.) One of the tools to achieve this goal is a carbon tax, which they have labeled a ‘price on carbon’. The IPCC says that the only effective price would be a really, really high price on carbon. That would make things like driving, heating your home, and purchasing anything that used fuel in transit unbelievably expensive.
“Economists have long been enthusiastic about carbon pricing because of the policy’s efficiency,” Plumer wrote in The Times. “Give companies a financial incentive to reduce their fossil-fuel use, and they will find creative and cost-effective ways to do so without the need for heavy-handed government regulations.”
That’s essentially our view at the Carbon Tax Center, except that we don’t necessarily view direct regulations like car-mileage standards as heavy-handed — just less productive than advertised, due to their scattershot, reactive nature; overrated, you might say.
How steep must a carbon tax (or carbon price “delivered” under a cap-and-trade permit system) be to enable the climate catastrophe of 1.5°C or greater temperature rises? As Plumer notes, the IPCC report estimated that the global-average price to emit a ton of CO2 pollution must be at least $135 by 2030, and perhaps as great as — are you ready? — $5,500.
The bottom end of the range, at least, is right in line with what CTC has been advocating since roughly 2010, with a carbon tax starting at $12.50 per ton of CO2 and rising by $10/ton each year. As we never fail to point out, within a decade the tax, passing $100/ton and still rising, would cut U.S. emissions by roughly one-third from today’s levels. While stronger medicine is almost certainly needed, we’ve tended to stick to that trajectory to stay within the lines of political feasibility — a convention we would gladly bend if the carbon tax, once implemented, proved more acceptable to the public and elected officials.
The only price on CO2 that I know about is what it costs to buy a new soda stream canister. Funny how the Leftists don’t demand that Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. stop carbonating beverages. Doesn’t that contain the evil, CO2 that they want to regulate? Weird.
AOC is very concerned about climate change, and seemingly giddy to redistribute wealth.
Yes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has taken the mantle of Climate Alarmist Using Unverified Claims™ from Al Gore.
But she’s gotta ramp up the urgency.
In a bizarre, rambling conversation that compared climate change to World War II, she claimed that the world will end in 12 years if we don’t combat this now — to hell with the cost. Oh, and we’ve got to deal with other ‘social justice’ and ‘economic inequalities’ at the same time.
OCASIO-CORTEZ: And I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people in, you know, Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, ‘the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’ and your biggest issue is — your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? And, like, this is the war, this is our World War II. And, I think for younger people we’re looking at this and we’re like, how are we saying ‘let’s take it easy’ when 3,000 Americans died last year? How are we saying, ‘let’s take it easy’ when the ‘n’th person has just died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system? How are we saying, ‘take it easy’ when the America that we’re living in today is dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare and we’re told to settle down. It’s a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of ‘now’, the ‘why we can’t wait’ that King spoke of. At some point, these chronic realities do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it’s reached that. I wished I didn’t have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. And until we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let them have it.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
That is quite the prediction.
If you could let me know how ‘the unjust criminal justice system’ fits into climate change, I’d be eternally grateful… or at least the next 12 years.
Otherwise, it just seems like she’s ticking off all the leftist talking points and mushing them all into one gross, leftist smoothie.
Good luck getting us to drink that crap.
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