Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is teaming up with media sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to call for a massive mobilization of federal resources to deal with climate change.
Recently, Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or “AOC” as she’s known to her fans online, took to social media to decry what she said was “Unprecedented flooding,” which she believes “is quickly becoming the new normal.”
Unprecedented flooding is quickly becoming a new normal.
Despite that, Republicans are tripling down on fossil fuels w/no plan to transition off them, or make the critical infra investments we need to prep for the climate crisis.
Each day of inaction puts more of us in danger. https://t.co/J8yqzguN5O
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019
Interestingly, the popular but controversial Congresswoman seemingly implied Republicans are to blame for it by supporting the fossil fuel industry.
“The GOP will mock [and] sow confusion until it’s their home swept away,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a follow up comment.
Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Earl Blumenauer will introduce a joint resolution to Congress Tuesday calling for a national emergency to be declared around climate change. The act is largely symbolic, but will draw attention to the cause.
On a press call Tuesday, Blumenauer said he was inspired by President Donald Trump’s national emergency on the border. “The national emergency is not at the border, it’s the climate. It’s time for Congress to formally acknowledge the scale and depth of climate change, and time for Congress to make an impact,” he explained.
Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that declaring a national emergency is a good first step that would make way for large policy packages like her Green New Deal to be enacted. “This is a political crisis of inaction, and it’s going to take political will and courage to treat this with the urgency that the next generation needs in order to preserve our way of life,” she said. “We have less than 12 years to enact a global solution. This is a first step, and declaring a climate emergency is a good idea, this is what we need to do to start pursuing the plan we need.”
Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Sanders used the resolution to discuss the significance of coming together around a solution to climate change, and compared the efforts to those made as the U.S. entered World War II. In the 1940s, he explained, the U.S. was fighting in Asia and Europe and still managed to create an “armaments program to win the war within three years.” The country can address this problem, he said, “the problem is the lack of political will. We have a president who is dangerously ignorant and fossil fuel industry…This is a moral imperative, there is no choice, we are going to have to take on the greed of the fossil fuels industry and the ignorance of Donald Trump and transform our energy system in a bold way.”
The call and resolution come just one day after President Trump held a press conference where he touted his administration’s efforts to provide the country with clean air and water. His administration he said, had likely done more than any other to protect the environment. Critics accused the energy-first president of “greenwashing” his policy decisions.