Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a quick name for herself when she first entered Congress as the point person for the Green New Deal.
Her $93 trillion deal would help save the planet, she claims, as is travels down the last 12 years of its life.
That’s how much time she claims the planet has until its “cataclysmic climate disaster”: 12 years.
As the Daily Wire reports, AOC seemingly tried to walk back the number, chalking it down as “dry humor and sarcasm”:
Earlier this month, after widespread criticism and watching her poll numbers sink, Ocasio-Cortez tried to play off her claim, suggesting that it was a joke and that anyone who believed her has “the social intelligence of a sea sponge.”
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on May 12. “Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows.”
According to the report, however, the Democratic Congresswoman re-upped on her 12-year claim in a new tweet where she cites “every climate scientist.”
The tweet was in response to a weatherman who went off-script to lambaste social media users for complaining about him cutting into The Bachelorette. He did so in order to cover the tornado emergency.
As the Daily Wire reports, the Democratic congresswoman avoided addressing a recent rebuke she received about climate change and its effects on tornados:
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet also largely ignored a recent rebuke she received from a prominent meteorologist over her claim about “casual tornadoes” and climate change.
That same meteorologist, Ryan Maue, explained separately on Tuesday that the link between tornadoes and climate change is “tissue paper thin.”
“Tornadoes & climate change — how strong is the evidence? Tissue paper thin. ‘Its almost impossible to see any signal in the (tornado) data.’ After quiet 2018 & a long violent tornado ‘drought’, month of May hyperactivity is more reflection of normal,” the meteorologist tweeted.
And, citing Axios, the Daily Wire reports several climate scientists have spoken out publicly about the 12-year deadline:
- Andrea Dutton, a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Florida: “For some reason the media latched onto the 12 years (2030), presumably because they thought that it helped to get across the message of how quickly we are approaching this and hence how urgently we need action. Unfortunately, this has led to a complete mischaracterization of what the report said.”
- Gavin Schmidt, who leads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies: “All the time-limited frames are bulls***. Nothing special happens when the ‘carbon budget’ runs out or we pass whatever temperature target you care about, instead the costs of emissions steadily rise.”
- Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at NASA: “12 years isn’t a deadline, and climate change isn’t a cliff we fall off — it’s a slope we slide down. We don’t have 12 years to prevent climate change — we have no time. It’s already here. And even under a business-as-usual scenario, the world isn’t going to end in exactly twelve years.”