Critics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are calling her a hypocrite for spending $29,000 on gas-guzzling rideshare services.
Since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s released her Green New Deal she has been on the defensive over her radical plans to address climate change.
Her original plan, which was posted on her website on February 5 (posted below) was removed on Feb. 7 without explanation following backlash and even ridicule over the radical plans outlined within it, including a call to “eliminate emissions from cows or air travel” – which would functionally ban the latter – and to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
The document vanished just hours after Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., formally unveiled a “Green New Deal” resolution that gained wide support from Democrat members of the House, and presidential candidates. It’s a nonbinding measure that is less detailed than the now-deleted FAQ document but calls for a complete and speedy overhaul of the nation’s energy, transportation, and farming sectors in order to eliminate carbon emissions in the coming decades.
Chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page “an early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing),” the Washington Examiner reported.
Ocasio-Corte came under fire again for reportedly spending more than $29,000 on gas-guzzling rideshare services.
Although the freshman Democrat lawmaker hawked the legislation with a goal of “full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases” over ten years, her campaign spent $29,365.70 on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft between May 2017 and December 2018, according to federal filings obtained by the New York Post.
Her campaign spent the money on ridesharing services even though her campaign headquarters in Elmhurst, Queens, is within close walking distance to the 7 train.
Frequent use of these gas-guzzling vehicles behind the ridesharing services cause an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, a type of greenhouse gas which, according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), warms the planet by keeping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. These carbon dioxide emissions often come from car tailpipes.
According to federal filings, the Ocasio-Cortez campaign made 1,049 transactions with ridesharing services. Of the listed transactions, 505 of them were just for Uber.
Even though Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign headquarters is one minute away from a subway station, the campaign’s public transportation expenses paled in comparison to the ridesharing expenses.
The campaign listed 52 MetroCard transactions totaling $8,335.41, the Post reported.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” fact sheet contradicts her campaign’s practice of using rideshare services, with the fact-sheet claiming that fossil fuels and greenhouse gases can only be stopped by overhauling “transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail … create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”
Ocasio-Cortez boasted that she beat incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the 2018 Democratic primary by walking more than her opponent, but her use of air travel during the general election proved otherwise.
Some folks are saying I won for “demographic” reasons.
1st of all, that’s false. We won w/voters of all kinds.
2nd, here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes. I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles.
Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period. pic.twitter.com/RbpQMYTiWY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 29, 2018
Her campaign spent $25,174.54 in the heat of campaign season on 66 airline transactions, according to federal filings.
After the Post released its report on her campaign expenditures, the self-described Democratic Socialist brushed off the ridesharing expenses and airfare as simply “living in the world.”
I also fly ✈️ & use A/C
Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future.
The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy. https://t.co/DZGE1WwLbn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 3, 2019
This is the original Green New Deal that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released on February 5, that was deleted on February 7 after she was ridiculed for it’s radical plans to address climate change.:
These six pages were the talking points for rolling out the ‘Green New Deal’.