Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took on Republican critics of her Green New Deal resolution during a House Oversight hearing on climate change Tuesday, hitting back at the hypocrisy of Republicans who cry “socialism” whenever a Democrat proposes a tax subsidy for a green energy initiative.
As she put it:
“It’s not responsible to complain about anything that we dislike as ‘socialism.’ The fact that subsidies for fossil fuel corporations are somehow smart but subsidies for the development of solar panels is quote, unquote socialist is bad faith, it’s incorrect.”
You can watch it below:
"The fact that subsidies for fossil fuel corporations are somehow smart but subsidies for development of solar panels is quote, unquote socialist is bad faith, it’s incorrect" –@AOC once again cutting through the noise pic.twitter.com/QmEovKSjqp
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) April 9, 2019
Cries of socialism in the face of renewable energy proposals aren’t just incorrect, of course, they’re patently hypocritical.
The United States spends roughly $26 billion per year on fossil fuel subsidies. But when Democrats call clean energy subsidies, it’s derided as socialist.
People were here for AOC’s argument.
— LiesTrueLies (@VpresV) April 9, 2019
BULLSEYE! 🎯 Corporate socialism for the fossil fool industry is just fine with the GOP, but… for electric cars, solar and wind energy? How dare the gov't take steps to mitigate the climate crisis! pic.twitter.com/vG8mjLAeCY
— Mark Larsen (@yanquetino) April 9, 2019
This isn’t a new hypocrisy.
Martin Luther King nailed it 50 years ago:
“We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.”
Vast majority of America’s economic “winners” have in fact benefited from copious govt handouts.
— Michael Strawn (@MHStrawn) April 9, 2019
Despite what Republicans would have you believe, Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a 14-page non-binding resolution, a statement of goals and aspirations, focused on combating and reducing the impacts of climate change.
Ocasio-Cortez took her colleagues to task for their knee-jerk reactions to her proposal, which many of them seemingly did not read.