Reps. Scalise/Waltz: AOC Should Work With GOP in Opposing Paris Climate Accord, Bringing Jobs Home

By Susan Jones | November 19, 2020 | 7:56am EST
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and perhaps none would be stranger than far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joining conservative Republicans in their push for an America-first agenda.

A progressive-populist coalition would serve AOC well, by helping the working families she represents, two House Republicans said.

AOC "should work with us on opposing America's re-admittance into the Paris accords," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Fox News's Laura Ingraham on Wednesday:

Because think about this, Laura, the Chinese Communist Party could not have drawn up a better plan to destroy the economies of Europe and America than the Paris accord. First of all, there's not one country in Europe in compliance, and they exempt China until 2030.

So China literally gets to wreck economies in the United States and Europe, take those jobs, and by the way, if you're concerned about carbon emissions, China emits five times more carbon for making the same stuff we make in America because we actually have good environmental standards.

Plus, what the Paris accord would do would be to increase the cost of electricity for household families in America -- which, by the way, hits the lowest income people the hardest. It would destroy manufacturing jobs, which are those blue-collar jobs you talked about. So she should join us in standing up for workers, standing up for low-cost energy, and opposing the Paris accords.

Likewise, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said AOC could help bring jobs back to the United States:

I will work with anyone who will bring American manufacturing jobs back to the United States that fled in the '90s and the 2000s, letting China enter the WTO, and giving them these unfair trade deals. Not only bring them back to the United States, but reduce our dependency on China.

We've seen now in the wake of COVID that they'll withhold PPE, they'll withhold our pharmaceuticals, they'll withhold raw materials, they'll withhold all kinds of things to play this geopolitical game, and if AOC is serious, not only will we bring them back to the United States, let's bring them to Opportunity Zones, let's bring them to underserved, poor, minority areas where we can set up manufacturing.

A big priority, obviously for her and Progressives, the Green New Deal. Well, guess what is critical to their utopian vision of the Green New Deal -- I don't agree with all of it -- but battery storage is critical. Who controls 90 percent of the world's battery production and the raw materials, Lithium, cobalt and other? China does.

For a lot of their vision that progressives want to see move forward, we can't have the dependency on China, and we can't have the human rights abuses that come along with it, the labor abuses that come along with it, their strip-mining our oceans, their dumping plastic -- from environmental to human rights to manufacturing back at home, there are all kinds of things that we can and should be working on.

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