Ocasio-Cortez: $10 trillion needed to combat climate change

Ocasio-Cortez: $10 trillion needed to combat climate change
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – She recognizes that this is an absurd amount, so maybe there is hope for her yet.]

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) said on Wednesday that any plan to effectively address climate change would cost at least $10 trillion.

Ocasio-Cortez, who co-authored the Green New Deal, a plan to shift the US’s dependence on fossil fuels to renewable resources such as wind and solar power, has moved the issue of climate change front and center in anticipation the 2020 Democratic primaries.

“I think we really need to get to $10 trillion to have a shot,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill on Wednesday, adding, “I know it’s a ton. I don’t think anyone wants to spend that amount of money, it’s not a fun number to say, I’m not excited to say we need to spend $10 trillion on climate, but … it’s just the fact of the scenario.”

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“It’s not politically popular, people are going to call it unrealistic, and I just don’t think people understand how bad the problem is,” she emphasized.

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