When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) released her goals of a Green New Deal to combat climate change, the condemnation and mockery was swift from conservatives.
Critics called the resolution ‘absurd, outrageous and impossible!’ They slammed the freshman lawmaker for being ‘brainless’, mocking the plan which punished those who worked hard to earn a living while offering financial security to those ‘unwilling’ to work.
Many took issue with the plan calling for every building in the U.S. to be upgraded or replaced to make them more energy efficient.
The non-binding resolution outlines several goals for the United States, including meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources.
The plan also calls for new projects to modernize U.S. transportation infrastructure, de-carbonize the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient, and increase land preservation.
The resolution does not include a price tag, but some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.
Ocasio-Cortez ripped into her critics in an interview Friday in New York City at the “Girls Who Code” event, where she dismissed the widespread criticism of her so-called Green New Deal.
“You know what? I don’t care anymore. I don’t care anymore, because again, I’m at least trying, and they’re not,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So the power is in the person who’s trying, regardless of the success. If you’re trying, you’ve got all the power. You’re driving the agenda. You’re doing all this stuff.”
She took a defiant tone to the delight of her audience in Queens, New York, in a clip flagged by Daily Wire‘s Ryan Saavedra.
“Like I just introduced Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it’s creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried,” she said. “So people are like ‘Oh it’s unrealistic, oh it’s vague, oh it doesn’t address this little, minute thing.’ And I’m like, you try, you do it! Because you’re not! Because you’re not. So until you do it, I’m the boss! How about that?”
Read Ocasio-Cortez’s talking points for the Green New Deal below: