Jason Hopkins on January 23, 2019
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invoked the Bible on social media when defending her beliefs on climate change and her Green New Deal proposal.
“Genesis 1: God looked on the world & called it good not once, not twice, but seven times.
Genesis 2: God commands all people to “serve and protect” creation.
Leviticus: God mandates that not only the people, but the land that sustains them, shall be respected.” https://t.co/AhWd3vuVBd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 23, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was in response to statements made by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
“I don’t think that we are going to listen to [Ocasio-Cortez] on much of anything, particularly anything that we will leave into the hands of a much, much higher authority,” Sanders said during a Tuesday night interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “And certainly not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end.”
The press secretary was panning Ocasio-Cortez’s recent doomsday warnings about climate change. The 29-year-old lawmaker recently claimed the world would end in 12 years unless it dramatically addressed climate changed. She also compared fighting global warming to World War II.
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Since winning her primary election in an upset last year and becoming a rising star in the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez has established herself as the most prolific supporter of the Green New Deal, a proposal to dramatically transition the country’s generation industry to 100 percent renewable energy.
The self-identified democratic socialist has suggested her environmental agenda could be paid for by taxing income earners at the “tippy tops” by a rate of 60 to 70 percent.
“It’s going to require a lot of rapid change that we don’t even conceive as possible right now,” she said during a 60 Minutes interview earlier this month. “What is the problem with trying to push our technological capacities to the furthest extent possible?”
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