Amidst cacophonies of criticism, waves of support rolled in for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) last week when she released the wide-ranging details of her Green New Deal proposal.
Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Corey Booker (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand rushed to throw their support behind the massive plan, despite the outlandishness and impossibility of its goals.
Many progressive college students gave it a thumbs-up, too. Conservative college watchdog group Campus Reform decided to question them about it and clue them into exactly what Ocasio-Cortez wants to change in America.
Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips traveled down to the University of Miami to find students who supported the plan but didn’t know what’s in the plan. Their reactions when they found out were surprising and actually somewhat conservative.
Upon hearing that Ocasio-Cortez wants the U.S. to get rid of coal, oil, and natural gas within the next ten years, one liberal student said, “I don’t agree with that. To be honest with you, I think we need those things to live.”
“I think ten years is a little extreme,” another student said. “I feel like there’s such a big global market and economic impact of oil businesses. Albeit it might not be good for the environment, you can’t deny there’s a big economic impact with these companies.”
Other students felt that the 10-year goal was entirely not feasible. As for the part of Ocasio-Cortez’ plan about the government guaranteeing “economic security” for even people “unwilling” to work, progressive students had an even bigger problem with that.
“If you’re not willing to contribute to society, I don’t think that the people who are contributing should pay for you,” another liberal student replied.
“I think it kind of sends the poor message of ‘You can just get away without not doing anything” and you’re getting money,” a female student commented. “It’s kind of stupid.”
“I don’t like that personally,” said another female student. “‘Unwilling’ is not the best way to go about things. I don’t want to go to college, but I want to get a job.”
“Everyone is to contribute,” a male student said. “That’s the only way society works.”
Asked about Ocasio-Cortez’ plan to making domestic air travel pretty much obsolete by replacing airplanes with a network of high-speed rail, one student remarked, “I don’t think it should be eliminated altogether. I think it can definitely be an option. The more options we have, the better.”
“I think that’s drastic,” said another student.
One student pointed out, “We’ve come so far to get to this point where we are now with using these resources, and to say that we have to get rid of it in ten years seems a little too much to me.”
The students were left feeling a whole lot less enthusiastic about the Green New Deal. Watch the man-on-the-street interviews with the students below: