Liberals have long mocked and criticized anyone who dares to say that climate change isn’t real or at least isn’t a license for massive government intervention in the lives of ordinary citizens. However, the truth is it’s hard to take climate change activists seriously when they stray so far from science that their comments border on the absurd.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has recently made it even harder than ever for climate change skeptics to take her seriously by announcing that racial injustice and the mistreatment of Native Americans causes climate change. She then went further to make it clear that, to the left, climate change isn’t just about climate — but rather upending the way a capitalist society works.
“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,” the bartender-turned-lawmaker said last week. “Because we are allowing people … to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to health care, the right to housing and education.”
Right after condemning racism as a cause of climate change, she went on to tell her audience that people have the right to health care, housing, and an education.
The comments have generated almost as much controversy as her reintroduction of the infamous Green New Deal — legislation that would cost the federal government nearly $100 trillion that it doesn’t have. Even a cursory look at the bill and its new addition calling for the creation of a “Civilian Climate Corps” makes it clear the effort has nothing to do with climate, but state control. It would destroy the fossil fuel industry and with it hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. The mining and lumber industries would likewise be upended. The entire housing market would spiral out of control as lumber costs go through the roof, making it impossible to build affordable new homes. Renters would be priced out of the real estate market, as would first-time homebuyers. The airline industry would go under because, to date, there are no electronic or even hybrid passenger planes to replace the ones currently in use.
It’s hard to believe that allowing new green energy providers to be controlled by “local people” is a recipe for reliable power. Most people don’t understand what it takes to provide power to hundreds of millions of households, factories, schools, hospitals, and other facilities.
When AOC claims racism causes climate change, it’s important to bear in mind that her definition of “climate change” isn’t the scientific one. In reality, she’s doing littler more than just lumping all the hip progressive buzz words into one sentence — because that’s how their politics works.