In a stunning display of climate activism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic representative from New York, has declared war on extreme weather events.
The 30-year-old Congresswoman has been a vocal champion of the Green New Deal, a plan to address climate change through massive government intervention. But she’s now taking things to a whole new level.
“I refuse to stand idly by while our communities are devastated by hurricanes, floods, and heat waves,” AOC declared at a press conference on Tuesday. “Extreme weather is an existential threat to our planet, and it’s time to fight back.”
To that end, Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a series of radical measures, including a ban on all non-essential travel during extreme weather events, a requirement that all buildings be equipped with portable air conditioning units, and a “climate emergency tax” on anyone caught using more than their fair share of fossil fuels.
Critics have called the proposals impractical and overly authoritarian, but AOC remains undeterred.
“The science is clear: we need to take drastic action to address climate change,” she said. “And if that means temporarily sacrificing our comfort and convenience, that’s a small price to pay to save our planet.”
Meanwhile, a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe climate change is causing extreme weather events. The poll, which surveyed 1,058 adults from July 9-13, found that 74% of respondents said they had experienced an extreme weather event in the past year, with most of them attributing it to climate change.
While AOC’s proposals may be extreme, it’s clear that many Americans are feeling the effects of climate change firsthand. The question now is whether we can muster the political will to take meaningful action before it’s too late.
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