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AOC Slams GOP for Using ‘Statistics and Studies’ to Oppose Her Green Agenda

By Craig Bannister | April 23, 2021 | 11:34am EDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) celebrated Earth Day by accusing Republicans of using “statistics and studies” to fear-monger about the potential nightmares associated with abandoning fossil fuels in favor of so-called “green energy” produced by windmills.

“Happy #EarthDay!,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Thursday Twitter post introducing a video of her defense of the increased costs that would result from adopting he Green New Deal energy plan:

“Happy #EarthDay! Here’s a friendly reminder from this morning’s committee hearing that investing in sustainable energy sources now makes more financial sense than spending billions to repair fossil fuel infrastructure after each climate disaster.”

In the video, Ocasio-Cortez says Republicans are using “statistics and studies” as evidence that Democrats’ attack on carbon emissions and fossil fuels is “a socialist conspiracy takeover” that will cause Americans’ electricity costs to skyrocket:

“We’ve heard a lot of, frankly fantastical, stories about what we would do if we actually commit to saving our planet.

“We have heard that it is a socialist conspiracy takeover to bring down climate emissions below the IPCC report of 1.5 Degrees Celsius.

“We have heard that it will cause electricity bills to skyrocket and prompt families to pay hundreds of dollars a month in their normal electricity bills

But, that doesn’t actually compare – while we see these statistics and studies by Republican and conservative and pro-lobbyist think tanks develop these theoretical ideas about what nightmares could potentially await us if we actually stewarded our future. They fail to acknowledge what is happening right now.”

Ocasio-Cortez blames this year’s freeze-prompted blackout in Texas, in which windmills were rendered useless by the cold, on the state’s “inadequate and unprepared” fossil fuel infrastructure:

“Let’s take, for example, electricity bills.

“While there’s all this fear-mongering about if we switch to solar, if we commit to wind, that our costs will go up a lot, that fails to acknowledge what we just saw in February, when Texas had a freeze and their fossil fuel infrastructure was so inadequate and unprepared – thanks to both climate-denying politicians who refuse to invest in infrastructure to adapt to our future and acknowledge that we will be experiencing climate events in regions that have never experienced such events before, and also from industry, who doesn’t want to invest and actually take the cost of preparing for our future.”

As a result, $16,000 electricity bills are an “everyday” experience for “everyday people” in Texas:

“So, what does that yield? It yields, like, $16,000 electricity bills – oil and gas, electricity bills, electricity bills, oil and gas infrastructure – on everyday people in the state of Texas. $16,000: that is just the everyday, what we are seeing for everyday people.”

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