After being mocked for her the details of her Green New Deal environmental proposal, especially one goal involving “farting cows,” freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is finally explaining the detail.
As IJR Red reported, the self-described democratic socialist hopes the resolution will fight climate change, however, in doing so, she had one specific goal that appeared on a “fact sheet” which was widely mocked.
“We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.”
The New York representative appeared on Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” on Thursday to explain the point made in her “Green New Deal.”
“In the deal, what we talk about is … that we need to take a look at factory farming, period. It’s wild,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And so, it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture. It’s not to say we’re going to force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But it’s to say, listen, we’ve got to address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.”
“We have to take a look at everything,” she added, adding that climate change “is about every choice that we make in our lives.”
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the main greenhouse gas is Methane, which is emitted by cattle. Nine percent of the United States’ total gas emissions are from agriculture, while transportation and electricity tie at 28 percent as the largest sources.