AOC Calls Out Biden: No ‘Middle Ground’ When It Comes to Fighting Climate Change

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) isn’t sold on former Vice President Joe Biden‘s climate plan that aims to appeal to both Democrats and Republicans.

The freshman congresswoman hit at the idea of a middle ground approach at a Green New Deal rally Monday night.

“I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say ‘we need a middle of the road approach to save our lives!’” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That is too much for me.”

Although she didn’t name the former vice president, it was an obvious swipe at Biden after Reuters reported last week the 2020 hopeful was planning to unveil a bipartisan climate change policy.

“What we learned from the Obama administration is unless we find middle ground on these issues, we risk not having any policies,” Biden’s climate change adviser told Reuters.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also hit back at the idea on CNN Monday night before the start of the climate rally.

“When you’re dealing with the future of the planet and making sure that our kids and our grandchildren have a healthy and habitable world in which to live, I don’t know how you go too far,” Sanders said. “This is an existential threat, not just to the United States, but to the entire planet.”

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Ocasio-Cortez’s and Sanders’ public digs at Biden follow their initial online ones, which came out Friday following the original “middle ground” report.

“This is a dealbreaker,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “There is no ‘middle ground’ w/ climate denial & delay.”

“Fighting climate change must be our priority,” Sanders wrote Friday, “whether fossil fuel billionaires like it or not.”

In response, Biden backtracked, telling reporters Monday that he’s “never been middle of the road on the environment.”

“Tell her to check the statement I made and look at my record,” Biden said in reference to Ocasio-Cortez. “She’ll find that nobody has been more consistent about taking on the environment and a green revolution than I have.”

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The Green New Deal plan backed by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez calls for 100% renewable energy by 2030. According to Reuters, Biden’s plan is laxer on a call for total renewables and backs energy sources such as natural gas and carbon capture technology as an alternative to coal.

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James
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Sounds like Socialist/Marxist AOC has missed more than a few appointments with her shrink.

Paul
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Could it be that AOC thinks Joe Biden has the social intelligence of a sea sponge regarding this matter?

General Confusion
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Late 1980s, huh?

I am confused as to how you have grown with this issue since, Mr Biden. Tweeking around the edges won’t solve the big problems. Where was your big policy push during the Obama era when you would have had your most influence?

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