There were a lot of ludicrous propositions in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal and many, many ways in which just about any part of it could destroy our country if implemented.
But one part particularly made people do a double-take: The sentence about getting rid of “farting cows.” Weeks later, she’s trying to explain it away.
A Green New Deal FAQ, originally posted on Ocasio-Cortez’ congressional website the day she announced the Green New Deal, had a line that read, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.”
There was also a line about working “with farmers and ranchers to create a sustainable, pollution and greenhouse gas free, food system.” No greenhouse gas would mean no methane-producers, which would mean no cows.
The “farting cows” line drew nationwide attention, especially from President Trump.
During a rally in El Paso, Texas, he told the crowd, “I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of ‘let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore!” according to CNBC.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly took down the FAQ and tried to pass it off as a draft.
But weeks later, the young congresswoman has finally acknowledged that she couldn’t ignore the fact that the “farting cows” line was allowed into at least one version of her draft. Now she’s trying to backpedal on it and explain it at the same time.
During a Showtime "Desus & Mero" interview that aired on Thursday, according to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez said, “In the deal, what we talk about is ... that we need to take a look at factory farming, period. It’s wild.”
“And so, it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture. It’s not to say we’re going to force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that,” she insisted. “But it’s to say, listen, we’ve got to address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.”
“We have to take a look at everything,” she concluded.
The Hill pointed out that cow belches, not flatulence, are the main source of the bovine methane that worries environmentalists. Plus, agriculture as a whole emits only 9 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Ocasio-Cortez’ new explanation didn’t satisfy many people.