2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) joined fellow Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in predicting the climate change-induced doomsday, saying that the world only has “ten years” left.
While giving an interview on MSNBC on Monday, O’Rourke, who failed to unseat Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the contentious 2018 Texas Senate race, advocated for his climate change proposal seeking to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 for a cost of $5 trillion over ten years.
When asked by host Chris Hayes if he would have to “declare [himself]” an opponent to the oil and gas industry, O’Rourke answered “yes” before claiming that “certain oil and gas corporations have been fighting public policy on this issue, have been hiding their own science and research at the expense of our climate and human life.”
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The former congressman continued on to say that he wanted those working in the oil and gas industry to play a role in the proposal before claiming that the world only has “ten years” left.
“Having said that, I want to make sure those who work in the oil and gas industry, those who work in the fossil fuel industry are brought along as partners to make sure that we make this transition in the ten years we have left to us as the science and scientists tell us to make the kind of bold change that we need.”
O’Rourke’s claim of the world ending in ten years is similar to the January claim made by Ocasio-Cortez at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event, where the self-described democratic socialist said that “the world will end in 12 years,” as IJR Red previously reported.
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
Prominent climate scientists refuted Ocasio-Cortez’s claim in January, with NASA climate scientist Kate Marvel stating that climate change was not a “cliff we fall off” but rather “a slope we slide down.”
“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.”
Marvel also said that she agreed with Ocasio-Cortez that choices made in the next ten years “will determine how bad climate change gets.”
Additionally, the leader of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York Gavin Schmidt calling the New York Democrat’s 12-year deadline “bullshit” in an email to Axios.
“All the time-limited frames are bullshit. 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.”
“The thing to push back against is the implicit framing that there is some magic global mean temperature or total emissions that separate ‘fine’ from ‘catastrophic’. There just isn’t,” he added.