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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (“AOC”) is unhappy that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the Green New Deal to a vote—although Democrat presidential hopefuls support it.
But isn’t there a perilously short time to act?
Environmentalists have issued many apocalyptic threats before—as short as 500 days. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that to achieve the goal of a less-than 1.5 °C temperature increase, the world must stop all fossil fuel use in 4 years, according to the prestigious Nature magazine on Oct 11, 2018.
If warming slows or “pauses,” the deadlines just move forward, giving us a “bit more breathing space” to meet carbon-dioxide reduction goals, Nature writes.
One way to reduce emissions is to slow industrial production or to raise prices so people can’t afford to drive or heat their homes. Prosperous nations are the ones with the highest carbon dioxide emissions. Radical economic change can occur quickly.
It took only 10 years of a socialist new deal to ruin Venezuela’s prosperity.
AOC and her fellow Democratic Socialists need to explain how the results of their plan would be different in the U.S.
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