One wouldn’t expect a lot of common sense to come out of a “climate town hall” thrown by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont.
But there was even less sense than one might imagine when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began to speak.
The Notorious AOC certainly didn’t disappoint, saying that renewable energy would finally bring “racial justice” to America.
“The idea that we’re going to somehow lose economic activity — as a matter of fact, it’s not just possible that we will create jobs and economic activity by transitioning to renewable energy,” she told the audience.
“But it’s inevitable that we’re going to create jobs. It’s inevitable that we’re going to create industry.
“And it’s inevitable that we can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America.”
It’s not clear, needless to say, how renewable energy is supposed to deliver “social and racial justice,” even if we were to believe that somehow it would bring new jobs and “economic justice.”
In the past, she’s said that climate change is such an immediate and existential threat that people have to mobilize to fight it as we did the Nazis.
“None of these things are new ideas. What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany and the Axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy.
“And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.”
Of course, the blueprint we have of doing this before involves building a lot of fighter planes, submarines and tanks and powering them with fossil fuels. And then killing a lot of people on the other side — by the millions.
And even with that, how does that get you to racial and social justice?