Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for immediate mobilization of the American industry to combat climate change. Something she believes is a “direct existential threat” similar to that of Nazi Germany during World War II.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, spoke off-the-cuff to a crowd of supporters during a town hall at College Point, a neighborhood in Queens, New York.
“So, when we talk about existential threats — the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II. And so we’ve been here before, and we have a blueprint of doing this before.
“None of these things are new ideas. What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation; this time it was Nazi Germany, and the Axes [sic], who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy.
“What we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy, and we put hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it. It may seem like really big, like really ambitious, or really radical — as people love to say, but the fact of the matter is that we are dealing with a radical truth, and a radical reality. And the more we choose to ignore it, the worse we are doing by our children and grandchildren, and frankly by ourselves.”
The speech was caught on an attendee’s phone and was later posted online.
It’s likely she made these conclusions based on a June report the Berkeley City Council released which declared a “climate emergency” with a bigger global significance than World War II.
In their formal resolution, they demanded an immediate effort to “humanely stabilize population” and “reverse ecological overshoot.” They also brought up the conflict between the Axis and Allies, claiming that Americans held an “extraordinary responsibility to solve the crises” the environment faces.
It reads: “[D]uring World War II, the Bay Area came together across race, age, class, gender and other differences in an extraordinary regional mobilization, building and repairing Liberty ships, converting car assembly plants into tank manufacturing facilities…[W]e can rise to the challenge of the greatest crisis in history by organizing politically to catalyze a national and global climate emergency effort, employing local workers in a mobilization effort building and installing renewable energy infrastructure.”
Just to refresh your memory, most estimates conclude that more than 60 million people died during WWII. Yet, it is imperative we work at “reversing ecological overshoot and halting the sixth mass extinction requires an effort to preserve and restore half Earth’s biodiversity in interconnected wildlife corridors and to humanely stabilize population?”
Doesn’t that sound a bit extreme to you?
It’s clear though, Ocasio-Cortez is quite the fan of the resolution.
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