Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez woke up Congress on Tuesday with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal and blasted Republicans for their political maneuvering on the issue of climate change.
A clearly angry Ocasio-Cortez excoriated those who claim efforts to protect the environment are “elitist,” citing water contamination in Flint, Michigan and environmental destruction elsewhere as issues that effect everyone and hit non-elites the hardest.
In AOC’s words:
“This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue.”
She also underlined the severity of the topic saying:
“People are dying. They are dying.”
Saying that acting to preserve the environment that we all share shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Ocasio-Cortez added:
“We are facing a national crisis.”
According to CNN, Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery speech came in response to Representative Sean Duffy calling the Green New Deal “elitist.”
"We talk about cost—we’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we’re going to pay. And we have to decide whether we’re going to pay to react, or pay to be proactive."— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019
Those who couldn’t be in the halls of power stood up online and applauded digitally.
"We are facing a national crisis. If we do not ascend to that crisis, I do not know what we are doing here."— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) March 27, 2019
Powerful words from @AOC on the need for the #GreenNewDeal and a real discussion about what its gonna take to climate climate castrophe. https://t.co/x1HmrEJWTQ
This is amazing. This is my goddamn quarterback https://t.co/cdNus8KnO1— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 27, 2019
Brought tears to my eyes to hear this level of clarity and maturity somehow speaking informed truth in the context of our contemporary political moment. We can ascend. We MUST ascend. Listen to this leader. https://t.co/7Y4RKsC6Jd— Paul Myers (@pulmyears) March 27, 2019
She's my shero! pic.twitter.com/VjZIPokEae— Que Será (@DustySunbeam) March 27, 2019
fuck she's good https://t.co/wibiSWQ4yw— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 27, 2019
“You wanna tell people that their concern & their desire for clean air & clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx...to the families in Flint.” -@AOC— Marcus Frias (@marcusfrias) March 27, 2019
You can say what you want about the Congresswoman, but as a Bronx born kid with asthma- she ain’t wrong. https://t.co/fKYqneWWGO
If you hear teenagers talking about @AOC, you'd know that we older generations have failed them, they finally have someone they feel represents them, and it doesn't matter what YOU think about her: she is the future and she is here. She is a walking civics lesson. https://t.co/L27mVs1wfv— Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre) March 27, 2019
I pray for the safety of this woman every day. https://t.co/YdGBplAt8B— Marcella Arguello (@marcellacomedy) March 27, 2019
We spend unlimited amounts of money to fund war and destroy the planet, trillions on tax cuts for the rich but the #GreenNewDeal is "Radical" & "elitist"?— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) March 27, 2019
Proud of AOC 👏🏾
(Also if you're here, I'm a muslim trying change the world one friend at a time. End stereotypes. follow)
Such intelligence, courage and integrity. May we all be inspired to do our part of the work to get this green new deal.— Kathryn Kirkpatrick (@Kathryn10172904) March 27, 2019
I love AOC. Republicans are like: “Working in a restaurant...what’s that?”— csd (@csd) March 27, 2019
I’ve been trying to stop being angry online all the time, because it’s futile, but I absolutely love seeing politicians like @AOC get angry in Congress, where it might actually count, on behalf of us all. https://t.co/t4aOnlDQJD— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) March 27, 2019
The. Bronx. Puerto. Rican. Jumped. Out.— Tiffany Vazquez 💅🏾 (@filmiliarface) March 27, 2019
I had to clutch my chest because I saw myself when she started with the hand movements https://t.co/pDOCGHhahy
.@AOC is totally right.— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) March 27, 2019
To me, as a former Detroit Health Commish, caring about climate change isn’t “elitist.” It’s about kids who suffer asthma because of the pollution of an oil refinery next door.
Tell ‘em, sister. https://t.co/B5Zvn2v1st