Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made numerous waves since getting her feet wet as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. Most notably her Green Deal which calls for the United States to be rid of fossil fuels within 10 years in addition to removing the use of Nuclear power. While climate change continues its anecdotal tirade into United States policy, its frequent detours around facts make it unable to cement itself as a legitimate political stance. You have many politicians agreeing that climate change is happening, it’s inability to translate irreversible ecosystem damage into policy has tormented its champions dating back to Al Gore. As Cortez continues to battle the status quo of political correctness in D.C. a divide between ideology and its face seem to be apparent. Recently even members of Cortez’s own party began attacking her environmental stances attributing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green Deal of having 5 followers. Many of Cortez’s followers however are young, and fail to see the hypocrisy of politicians attacking her stances such as Nancy Pelosi. In 2008 Newt Gingrich and Pelosi both supported “We Can Solve It” a global warming ad campaign sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. The problem seems to be more Anti-Cortez orientated, than it is with the policy attempting to combat climate change.
In the 2000 election Gore would go on to win the popular vote and lose the electoral college. With the focal point of his campaign being centered around climate change and saving the environment it seems odd that as time has transpired the movement that got a politician in contention for POTUS, seems to be stagnant and outdated. The democratic divide has hindered stances pivotal to the future of the party’s success. There is little evidence at the state level that shows an inability to embrace the ideology and politician championing it. During the presidential race however it was this same mindset that lead to a cannibalistic free for all causing the political party with the most popular votes to lose out on the presidency, yet again.
I still fail to see why Cortez has been unable to use the abundance of media surrounding the topics of climate change. Attribution of hurricanes, tornados, blizzards and other natural disasters spark short debate. However Docu-series such as Hostile planet and Our planet show the sensitivities of nature and it’s ecosystems. The green movements of old challenged lucrative industries, from commercial whaling to rainforest depletion, the pathway to a cleaner planet relied on human compassion. Much of this backlash over a “Green Movement” the size Cortez is pushing for, is it interferes with the most untouchable industry on the planet – Oil.
This particular video from Our Planet shows migrating walruses unable to find space on a beach. While traveling thousands of miles, tens of thousands of walrus come to an over crowded beach, forcing many to climb to the top of the hills in order to rest and escape the possibility of downing. Once atop of the cliff and rested hunger sets in, which forces an animal unequipped to climb to make a decent to an ocean by any means.
Limiting the carbon footprint left by humans to ensure entire ecosystems aren’t wiped out means going to war with companies whom profit the most from it. To likely see any major advance in a Green Deal one of the Oil tycoons would have to invest into leading the clean energy movement. Much the way tobacco companies have moved into the vaping industry that allows children to consume more nicotine than the future generations. The history and vision of the environmental movement although treated like a new phenomenon, has been around for hundreds of years. Rachel Carson in 1962 published, a devastating argument against the reckless use of the pesticides that were wiping out populations of birds, insects, and other animals. As I stated before, the major difference in the Green Deal presented by Cortez is that its adversaries are the top 1% of American Business owners, many whom already own Politicians within congress.