Former congressman Beto O’Rourke launched his 2020 presidential campaign with a doom-and-gloom speech about how we must do everything possible to stop climate change. And then he immediately contradicted himself.
Amidst a flurry of distracting hand gesticulations, O’Rourke officially announced his campaign via a Twitter video before appearing in public in Iowa to let the nation — and the world — know that it’s on the brink of collapse.
“The challenges before us, I hope you agree, have never been greater — the greatest of our lifetimes,” he warned a group of diners during an informal town hall meeting in a restaurant on Thursday, the New York Post reported.
After suggesting that our democracy was about to dissolve, he said, ‘if you look at the climate, which in this ten-year window we do not do everything we possibly humanly can, the generations that follow us — and I mean our kids, in our kids’ lifetimes, by the time Ulysses is my age, and he’s 12 years old right now — we may not be able to live in some of the cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas.”
“We may not be able to grow our own food and our own fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country,” O’Rourke continued.
“And if you think that a little more than 300,000 immigrants apprehended on the southern border is a problem — and I don’t necessarily think that it is — the kind of migration and refugee flows we will see, when entire bands of this world are no longer habitable, will be a crisis of a different magnitude altogether,” he said.
During that same town meeting, he warned everyone, “We face catastrophe and crisis on this planet!”
“Storms like [Hurricane] Harvey are only going to become more frequent, and more severe, and more devastating,” O’Rourke exclaimed as he threw his arms around wildly. “And, ultimately, they’ll compromise the ability to live in a city like Houston, Texas.”
“Let us all be aware that life is going to be a lot tougher for the generations that follow us, no matter what we do!” he continued. “It is only a matter of degrees. And along this current trajectory, there will be people who will no longer live in the cities they call home today.”
“There is food grown in this country that will no longer prosper in these soils,” he added. "There will be massive migrations of tens of hundreds of millions of people from countries that are literally uninhabitable or underwater that are above the sea right now.”
“This is our final chance!” he declared before falsely claiming, “The scientists are absolutely unanimous on this: that we have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis!”
But also on Thursday, Beto talked about wanting universal health care, increased immigration, support for rural America, justice reform, racial justice, and support for veterans.
However, he did not address how all of those programs would cost more taxpayer money and take funding away from efforts to tackle climate change. If we really are in a doomsday situation, and we must do everything humanly possible to reverse the effects of climate change, that means doing everything possible — such as cutting every government program that doesn’t directly tackle climate change.
Perhaps Beto doesn’t take his own words seriously.