|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 24, 2021 at 9:00 PM|
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaking on “Earth Day,” slammed Republicans for using “statistics and studies” to oppose her Green New Deal proposals, which included widespread abandonment of fossil fuels in favor of “green” energy.
“Happy Earth Day!” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet. “Here’s a friendly reminder from this morning’s committee hearing that investing in sustainable energy sources now makes more financial sense than spending billions to repair fossil fuel infrastructure after each climate disaster.”
“We've heard a lot of, frankly, fantastic stories about what we would do if we actually commit to saving our planet,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says in a video she tweeted.
“We have heard that it is a socialist conspiracy takeover to bring down climate emissions below the IPCC report of 1.5 degrees Celsius,” the congresswoman continued. “We have heard that it will cause electricity bills to skyrocket and prompt families to pay hundreds of dollars a month in their normal electricity bills.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez then continued to reject conservative criticism of her proposals based on "statistics" and "studies."
“But that doesn’t actually compare, you know, while we see these statistics and these studies by Republican and conservative and pro-lobbyist think tanks develop these theoretical ideas of what nightmares could potentially await us if we actually stewarded our future, they fail to acknowledge what’s happening right now.”
The failure of general power-related infrastructure in Texas during the winter storms in February, according to Ocasio-Cortez, is proof that her proposals are correct.
“Let’s take, for example, electricity bills. While there’s all this fear-mongering about if we switch to solar if we commit to wind, that our costs will go up a lot. That fails to acknowledge what we just saw in February when Texas had a freeze and their fossil fuel infrastructure was so inadequate and unprepared thanks to both climate-denying politicians who refuse to invest in infrastructure to adapt to our future and acknowledge that we will be experiencing climate events in regions that have never experienced such events before, and also from industry, who doesn’t want to invest and actually take the cost of preparing for our future.”
“So what does that yield?” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It yielded $16,000 electricity bills, oil, and gas electricity bills, electricity bills from an oil and gas infrastructure on everyday people in the state of Texas. $16,000. That is just what we see on a daily basis for ordinary people.”
Ocasio-Cortez made no mention of how her Green New Deal proposals, such as the use of wind and solar power, would have prevented what happened in Texas, or how high power costs outside of rare weather events would not become the norm under her proposed system. She also portrayed the Texas storm as if it were a “everyday” occurrence, which it is not.
Her condemnation of the use of “statistics” is eerily similar to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s 2019 claim that “there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had said Anderson Cooper.