The Green New Deal, a sweeping environmental resolution by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), has been met with strong criticism from Republicans since its unveiling last week.
Many Republicans have spread outright false information regarding the resolution, even going so far as to claim it would ban air travel and require men to conserve their urine in jugs for recycling purposes.
Now, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is adding fuel to the fires of hysteria with his latest claim:
“There’s another victim of the Green New Deal, it’s ice cream! Livestock will be banned. Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches. American favorites like cheeseburgers and milkshake[s] would become a thing of the past. Millions of American workers will lose their jobs.”
He's referencing a portion of the bill that aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero, while acknowledging "we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast." Cows' flatulence contains high rates of methane and the rising population of cows bred for food produces more pollution than cars.
Ocasio-Cortez set the record straight.
Trust me, I like ice cream way too much to do that. (I also like visiting my family in Puerto Rico too much to “ba… https://t.co/AKh754ghV8— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1550016916.0
Her supporters rallied behind her.
@AOC Honestly, I think you’d make the sacrifice @AOC. But I know how many people in your community have family in P… https://t.co/k2p4rNtcrG— 🆘Carol ‘Cleo Everest’ Johnson 🆘 (@🆘Carol ‘Cleo Everest’ Johnson 🆘)1550017475.0
@AOC @evanlweber The GOP will say Dems are coming for their guns, steak and now 🍨...we have to invest real money in… https://t.co/NN9vr49aDx— Jane Fleming Kleeb (@Jane Fleming Kleeb)1550018519.0
@AOC drag them— dyl b (@dyl b)1550016939.0
They weren't finished yet.
Many decried the barrage of misinformation about the resolution, especially because it's about as binding as a general mission statement, unlike a bill passed into law.
@AOC these brilliant in-tune politicians are worried about the extinction of ice cream in america at the hands of s… https://t.co/kSpPLypYBm— FL for Bernie 🌹61% 'Blue No Matter Who' (@FL for Bernie 🌹61% 'Blue No Matter Who')1550019482.0
@AOC I mean, aren't they the party of writing bills in backrooms and forcing votes before the bills can be read? Wh… https://t.co/QqOaTJl85O— Chad Huckabaa (@Chad Huckabaa)1550027808.0
@AOC Yea, cause the GOP are the ones remembered for saying we have to pass the bill to see what's in it. They're a… https://t.co/8gYvDlzMMk— Titus Andronicus (@Titus Andronicus)1550021264.0
What's more, it has majority support within both parties and is wildly popular among millennials. It's gotten a notable amount of support, including from a slew of 2020 presidential candidates.
The Green New Deal is a bold plan to shift our country to 100% clean and renewable energy. We do not fight this fig… https://t.co/VVjBuvZVc7— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1549642351.0
Warren: "I believe in science. Climate. change. is. real. It is caused by human activity and we are running out of… https://t.co/SugUxNZirW— MJ Lee (@MJ Lee)1549835157.0
A #GreenNewDeal is ambitious. It's bold. And I’m cosponsoring this resolution with @aoc and @senmarkey because it’s… https://t.co/TR1Al96BYv— Kirsten Gillibrand (@Kirsten Gillibrand)1549563437.0
The five hottest years on record: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. We need that Green New Deal - now. https://t.co/YiQAs5g899— Rutger Bregman (@Rutger Bregman)1549569989.0
Hopefully Americans will focus on the facts before it's too late.