Greta Thunberg took a swipe at the pet project of fellow media darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, telling Rolling Stone in a recent interview that the Green New Deal would not do nearly enough to avert an impending “climate crisis.”
According to the Swedish teen, the Green New Deal will fail to achieve climate change activists’ goal of keeping global temperature change below 1.5 C, the stage at which calamitous environmental changes begin.
“If you look at the graphs to stay below the 1.5 degree Celsius global average temperature and you read the Green New Deal, you see that it doesn’t add up,” Thunberg told Rolling Stone. “If we are to be in line with the carbon-dioxide budget, we need to focus on doing things now instead of making commitments like 10, or 20, 30 years from now. Of course, the Green New Deal is not in line with our carbon-dioxide budget.”
Thunberg begrudgingly acknowledged that the Green New Deal had served to raise awareness about the “climate crisis.”
“At least it has got people to start talking about the climate crisis more,” she said. “That of course is a step in the right direction, I guess.”
In consecutive years, Thunberg and Ocasio-Cortez become overnight media sensations through star-making performances: Thunberg delivered a fiery speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit last year and Ocasio-Cortez upset Joseph Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district.
The youthful duo seem to share many of the same progressive political stances, especially when it comes to the environment.
Welcome, Greta! We are so proud of you!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez is the most vocal proponent of the Green New Deal, which seeks to address the issues of climate change and economic equality through a package of ambitious and controversial legislative proposals.
The freshman congresswoman has argued that climate change is one of the “biggest existential threats to our way of life – not just as a nation but as a world.”
A 2020 study published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Power the Future and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty found that in its first year alone, the Green New Deal would cost a typical American household $75,000.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rips up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech at the State of the Union address in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2020.: Screen grab