“You have ZERO expertise at any of the things you pretend to know.”
Patrick Moore, an early leader of GreenPeace, on Sunday called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “hypocrite” for advocating radical government action on climate change while seemingly making few personal sacrifices to address the issue.
Moore tweeted his criticism at the freshman Democrat from New York after she mocked a New York Post report that documented her campaign’s heavy use of flights and car travel despite her declared ambition to save the world by ending combustion-engine vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions within a decade.
Responding to the Post’s article – or actually a tweet-length summary of it that highlighted Ocasio-Cortez’s “Gas-guzzling car rides” – Ocasio-Cortez added: “I also fly & use A/C.”
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“Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future,” she said.
I also fly ✈️ & use A/C
Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future.
The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy. https://t.co/DZGE1WwLbn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 3, 2019
Apparently piqued, Moore responded by pointing out that “the world as it is” includes low carbon-emissions transportation options, including taking a subway or a train rather than a taxi or a plane.
“You’re just a garden-variety hypocrite like the others. And you have ZERO expertise at any of the things you pretend to know,” he said.
The "world as it is" has the option of taking the subway rather than a taxi. option of Amtrak rather than plane, option of opening windows rather than A/C. You're just a garden-variety hypocrite like the others. And you have ZERO expertise at any of the things you pretend to know
— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) March 3, 2019
According to the Post’s reporting, which cited federal filings, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign has hailed 1,049 car rides since it launched in May 2017 – even though it was headquartered a one-minute walk feet from a subway station in Queens. Campaign staffers also booked 66 flights.
It was not the first time that Moore, a trained ecologist who since leaving GreenPeace in the 1980s has been critical of the environmentalist movement, has come after Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.
On Feb. 23, he responded to her claim that critics of the Green New Deal must propose an alternative or else “we’re in charge,” by calling Ocasio-Cortez a “Pompous little twit.” He warned that banning fossil fuels – a more extreme move than the plan calls for – would “bring about mass death.”
Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get the food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.
— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) February 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the democratic socialist lawmaker’s ambitions have thrilled liberal supporters. Prominent Democrats, including a number of presidential candidates, have co-sponsored the hugely expensive Green New Deal proposal.
However, among leaders of both parties, the dynamic is ironically reversed.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been notably cool to the plan, which promises to rapidly realize net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, health care for all, high-speed trains, and support for family farming, among other far-fetched goals.
In an interview with Rolling Stone published last week, Pelosi went as far as to say that the agenda is too broad and “not what we hope to achieve.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, though, has moved to bring the Green New Deal proposal to a vote as soon as this week, apparently to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record as supporting the radical agenda.
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