AOC Has Put Activists in an Awkward Spot: Acknowledging the Importance of Fossil Fuels
Over the last few weeks, climate activists have demanded the proposed Green New Deal include an outright ban on fossil fuels. Failing to support, or deliver on an outright ban, and activists were quick to label policy makers a climate denier:
We’ve entered a new phase of #climatechange denial.
-Anyone who doesn’t support a complete ban on #fracking
-Anyone who doesn’t support a #GreenNewDeal swift transition away from fossil fuels.
Yes that means you, establishment Democrats. (And all GOP, of course)
— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) February 7, 2019
Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) put out a proposal titled “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal,” which sets the stage for the legislative battle of the Green New Deal.
Facing pressure to create something that could gain even a modicum of support, Ocasio Cortez was forced to abandon the fossil fuel ban in her resolution. In doing so, she has also forced activists into an awkward spot: reversing course to praise the “weakened proposal.” Activists have been obliged to gloss over the fact that their chief demand was excluded.
Read on at EID Climate.