Democrats are fuming.
They were counting on a united front to defeat Donald Trump next year.
But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made one surprising move to help Trump win in 2020.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is walking a tightrope.
He’s trying to win the Democrat nomination without running too far to the left.
That trick got much more difficult when Biden rolled out a five trillion dollar global warming plan.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the co-sponsor of the Green New Deal – dismissed Biden’s effort as insufficiently leftist.
Ocasio-Cortez co-authored the “Green New Deal” earlier this year. It calls for the total elimination of fossil fuels as an energy source in the United States by 2030. (Previously, the most ambitious plan, adopted by California, aimed to do the same by 2045; critics have pointed out that no one is quite sure how the state will achieve that aggressive goal.)
Biden’s plan, released Wednesday morning, calls for fossil fuels to be eliminated by 2050, after spending $1.7 trillion in federal funds and $5 trillion in state, local, and private funds. The former vice president also called for building “small modular nuclear reactors at half the construction cost of today’s reactors” to help replace fossil fuel energy.
But 2050 is too late, Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Hill. “Scientifically, anything that is less than helping us cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 is going to be too late,” she reportedly said.
“It’s a start, and I think that what that has shown is a dramatic shift in the right direction, but we need to keep pushing for a plan that is at the scale of the problem.”
Fighting so-called “climate change” is a key litmus test for Democrat primary voters.
Biden has seen his poll numbers decline since entering the race.
If he thinks he needs to shore up his left flank, he will work to appease Ocasio-Cortez on his plan to combat so-called “climate change.”
But in doing so, Biden could compromise his General Election chances.
And President Trump could owe his re-election in part to Ocasio-Cortez’s insistence that Democrats bow to her whims on the Green New Deal.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in the 2020 presidential election.