In recent days, reports have emerged showing that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, despite warning that the world will end in just over a decade thanks to humanity’s over-use of fossil fuels, does not exactly walk the walk. At the same time she is pushing for economy-crushing restrictions on carbon output, the New York Democrat is making frequent use of fuel-guzzling automotive and air travel with no apparent attempt to cut back on her personal carbon footprint.
We are, of course, well accustomed to these climate hysterics preaching one thing and doing another. If we had a nickel for every mile of private air travel Al Gore has indulged in since releasing “An Inconvenient Truth,” we could afford to put solar panels on every roof in our neighborhood. And, perhaps emboldened by a long line of climate hypocrites who have preceded her, Ocasio-Cortez sees no reason to apologize for her lifestyle.
“I also fly and use A/C,” she tweeted in response to a New York Post article about her travel habits. “Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future.”
That isn’t the most irrational response we’ve ever read, but one has to understand that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t simply commuting to work every morning and back home every evening. Indeed, the Post’s story revealed that she has racked up an enormous bill with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and that her 2017 campaign “heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars” that she wants to eliminate under her Green New Deal proposal.
“In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train,” the Post reported.
Instead of addressing the expose with something approximating a real concern for her own carbon footprint, Ocasio-Cortez retreated into her usual stance of social media snark.
“Pack it up folks,” she wrote. “The Pulitzer’s been decided. No one can rival this kind of hard-hitting journalism.”
Okay, fine. But what about people who look up to you and think that you’re right about the environmental holocaust soon to be visited on our planet? If you really thought we were in imminent danger of mass extinction thanks to climate change, would you so carelessly take advantage of the very same fossil fuels you blame for the impending catastrophe? Don’t you owe your followers a more reasoned explanation?
Of course not. Because it’s all a hoax, and your followers know it better than anyone. It’s a trend. It’s a cause for empty-headed celebrities, millennial hipsters, and people like you who manage to embody the worst of both groups.
We agree with Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace. “Pompous little twit,” he called you on Twitter. That’s about as perfect a descriptor as we’ve seen thus far.