‘Absurd, outrageous and impossible!’ Critics flood the internet to mock AOC’s ‘brainless’ Green Deal to fight climate change and give financial security to those ‘unwilling’ to work

Friday, February 8, 2019
By Paul Martin

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being criticized by conservatives after unveiling the goals of a Green New Deal to combat climate change
Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on the policy
It aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy
Critics seized on parts of the plan and slammed the freshman lawmaker for being ‘brainless’
Republicans were also quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 February 2019

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being criticized by conservatives after she outlined the goals of a ‘Green New Deal’ to combat climate change.

The condemnation against Ocasio-Cortez was swift on Thursday as everyday conservatives and right-wing news outlets slammed the freshman lawmaker over the plan.

Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on the policy, which aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

Critics seized on parts of the plan, including Democrats’ acknowledgement that it would be difficult to reach a zero emissions society in a decade because they weren’t sure if they could ‘get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast’.

Conservatives were also critical of a part of the plan that called for every building in the U.S. to be upgraded or replaced to make them more energy efficient.

The reaction on Twitter was unrestrained in its criticism, while other simply poked fun at Ocasio-Cortez’s plan.

Republicans were also quick to criticize the initiative, waving off any kind of proposal as heavy-handed.

The Trump administration does not believe action on climate change is necessary and is focused on increasing production of oil, gas and coal on federal and private land.

Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, said at a climate change hearing in the House natural resources committee on Wednesday that the policy was akin to a ‘Soviet five-year plan’.

The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.

The plan also calls for new projects to modernize U.S. transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation.

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