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 “ban airplanes”)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 13, 2019
Her supporters rallied behind her.
Honestly, I think you’d make the sacrifice @AOC. But I know how many people in your community have family in Puerto Rico, and all over the world. And the Bronx without ice cream in August? Flat no.
You do what you do for them. It’s clear they’re stoked. pic.twitter.com/6eHwGCOVHs
— Cleo Everest (@CleoEverest) February 13, 2019
The GOP will say Dems are coming for their guns, steak and now 🍨…we have to invest real money in “red” state parties to work with rural voters. So many farmers I know are tired of GOP—we need to provide strong alternative to counter their fear mongering. Keep it up @AOC
— Jane Fleming Kleeb (@janekleeb) February 13, 2019
You're the bee's pajamas and exactly what we need. You are what honesty in politics looks like and I love it.
— Jesus Christ™️ (@ThatHippieJesus) February 13, 2019
— db (@sprtnght) February 13, 2019
They weren’t finished yet.