In a video released earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez narrated a strange version of a Green New Deal future that appeared more like a delusional fever dream than a practical plan.
She imagines high-speed bullet trains, a Democratic-led government, the demise of fossil fuels, and “in transition” energy sector workers relegated to planting mangrove trees under the guidance of Native American elders.
Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half.
A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future worth fighting for.
How did we get here?
What is at stake?
And where are we going?
Please watch & share widely ⬇️pic.twitter.com/IMCtS86VXG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 17, 2019
Despite being only slightly less realistic than the “Star Wars” franchise, this line of thinking in our nation’s leadership needs to be taken as a credible threat.
Of course, the coal miners of West Virginia know this all too well.
Through the generations, they’ve experienced the ups and downs of coal country and the government overreach that can deal death blows to communities.
And there’s one little problem they have with Ocasio-Cortez’s plan:
“There is no America without coal.”
Today @AOC doubled down on the Green New Deal with a new video.
The Green New Deal promises to destroy the coal & fossil fuel industry.
AOC promised to travel to Kentucky & listen to coal miners herself.
I saved her a trip & went myself.
Here’s your message from coal country AOC: pic.twitter.com/Uh3SiEA0TU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 17, 2019
In the video, a group of coal miners savages Ocasio-Cortez’s position on the fossil fuel, delivering a brutal fact check about what her policies would actually do to workers.
“The Green New Deal would be bad for coal miners because it’s going to put every coal miner out of a job,” said a man who identified himself as Kentucky coal miner Chris Dingess.
“If the Green New Deal passed,” said Dingess, “this is what it would do to me: I’d lose my home. I wouldn’t be able to pay for my vehicles. I’d have to find a new profession and start all over from scratch, and try to figure out a way to live.”
This is a far cry from the future of sustainable mangrove-planting jobs envisioned by Ocasio-Cortez.
And since these men have witnessed the brutal reality of what regulation can do to a coal mining community, their prediction is actually based in the real world.
“AOC, this is my message from coal country,” said a man who identified himself as John Manuel, a West Virginia coal miner with 37 years in the industry.
“We have been coal miners all of our lives. Things have gotten safer and better in the coal industry for the coal miners.
“And we are here to stay.”
If a New York liberal like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to put these men and the tens of thousands of others like them out of a job, she’d better be prepared to face the consequences of her actions.
Gutted communities, unemployment, and a power crisis would only be the beginning of her “decade of the Green New Deal.”
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