Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hails herself as a champion for the environment. Yet her actions speak very differently than her words. Her campaign for Congress had a massive carbon footprint. It’s another case of do as I say, not as I do.
The New York Post reports:
Gas-guzzling car rides expose AOC’s hypocrisy amid Green New Deal pledge
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to save the planet with her Green New Deal, but she keeps tripping over her own giant carbon footprint.
“We’re like, ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’ ” the progressive darling said in January, speaking of herself and her fellow millennials. “And, like, this is the war; this is our World War II.”
Last week, she ratcheted up the rhetoric: “It is basically a scientific consensus that the lives of our children are going to be very difficult” due to climate change. “And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: is it OK to still have children?”…
But the woman who boasts of a “razor-sharp BS detector” seems to have trouble sniffing out her own.
Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office.
She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone.
In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train.
The campaign shelled out only $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions.
This is a good reminder that AOC’s Green New Deal is not a serious policy proposal.
This op-Ed from The Hill says it all:
The Green New Deal is a pipe dream, not a serious policy proposal
The Green New Deal (GND), which is being spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), is a long list of proposed environmental regulations and goals, combined with several social policies that would redistribute income.
The GND is a manifesto that collects a number of otherwise disconnected social, political, environmental and economic ideas of policymakers who mistakenly believe that a command-and-control economy is superior to a free marketplace and who wish to impose their social and political preferences on others at an extremely high economic cost.
Many of the GND’s environmental goals are infeasible. This includes “net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years” and “meet 100 percent of power demand with renewables.”…
Other environmental goals of the GND show that the authors do not understand basic cost-benefit analysis, which should be the foundation of every government program.
The plan is going nowhere fast. Even Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to bring it for a House vote.