During an interview with NPR, host Steve Inskeep pointed out the amount of criticism over how much government involvement it would take to implement the policies she supports, but Ocasio-Cortez claimed she was fine with claiming that the government would be extremely involved.
“It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that. Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years we have tried to let the private sector take care of this. They said, ‘We got this, we can do this, the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate.’ Except for the fact that there’s a little thing in economics called externalities. And what that means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay, but taxpayers have to pay.”
— Morning Edition (@MorningEdition) February 7, 2019
“I think one way that the right does try to mischaracterize, uh, what we’re doing as though it’s, like, some kind of massive government takeover,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Obviously, it’s not that, because what we’re trying to do is release the investments from the federal government to mobilize those resources across the country.”
AOC tonight: “One way the Right tries to mischaracterize what we’re doing as though it’s like some kind of massive government takeover…obviously it’s not”
AOC this morning on if her plan requires "massive government intervention": “It does…Yeah, I have no problem saying that” pic.twitter.com/IDRpeLIrwg
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 8, 2019
The “Green New Deal” proposal would change American civic life in many ways, with government-funded healthcare and many other different initiatives designed to help the environment. While the lawmaker claims these will be taxpayer and government-funded, there is no clear plan for how much this would cost and if it is sustainable.