Not wanting to be kicked off the progressive bandwagon, Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke released his own Green New Deal on Monday.
And now he’s getting hit with a one-two punch from liberals and his plan’s own glaring contradiction.
Inspired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (D-N.Y.) own decade-long $93 trillion plan to save the world over the next decade, O’Rourke presented his much slimmer decade-long $5 trillion proposal, according to NBC News.
The viral youth environmental group Sunrise Movement, which is basically an AOC fan club, ripped into O’Rourke by saying “his plan is out of line with the timeline it lays out and the scale of action that scientists say is necessary to take here in the United States to give our generation a livable future.”
They slammed him for being an environmentalist wimp and “afraid to take on big challenges.”
O’Rourke’s environmental plan falls along the expected lines, calling for massive government spending to force a reduction in emissions, spur research and development, and restrict the use of more federal land.
But it also contains an odd proposal: spending lots of money to rebuild towns and cities damaged by severe weather.
That’s a huge contradiction to what O’Rourke said on day one of his presidential run.
While waving his arms around like an angry goose during his first public appearance after announcing his candidacy on March 14, O’Rourke said that within the next couple decades, “we may not be able to live in some of the cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas.”
“Storms like [Hurricane] Harvey are only going to become more frequent, and more severe, and more devastating,” he continued. “And, ultimately, they’ll compromise the ability to live in a city like Houston, Texas.”
“Along this current trajectory, there will be people who will no longer live in the cities they call home today,” he added before saying, “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.”
But if climate change causes storms that are going to devastate our coastal cities, why is O’Rourke planning to spend so much money rebuilding them?
That’s not the only hypocritical stance O’Rourke has taken on the issue of climate change during his campaign.
During the first-day speech, he also talked about how “we have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis” yet then started talking about diverting huge amounts of taxpayer money to universal health care, increased immigration, support for rural America, justice reform, racial justice, and support for veterans — issues that have little to nothing to do with battling climate change and taking us away from the brink of mass devastation.
Perhaps it’s moments like these that make it hard for people in Beto’s own party to take him seriously.
In a roundup of national polls, RealClearPolitics put O’Rourke at 6th place out of 16 candidates in mid-April. An ABC News poll released Monday had him doing only marginally better.