Lately we’ve heard the refrain that time is running out on addressing climate change. The left continues to preach alarmism with the furor of a cross between Hal Lindsey and Jack Bauer, and of course the only remedy is massive government intrusion into our lives.
The Chicken Little narrative is so pervasive that the Babylon Bee parodied it – and the accompanying fundraising efforts by Democrats – with pitch perfect accuracy last month.
One of the biggest voices behind this cry for massive government intrusion into our lives in the name of saving the planet is Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. She has even endorsed that mother of all social program proposals, the Green New Deal. AOC has repeatedly expressed the need to do something drastic to stem the tide of climate change.
But not so fast. On Sunday, while most of the country was enjoying their day, AOC took to Twitter so slam Republicans for taking literally the claims that the left makes.
So the sky-is-falling hysteria to enact things like banning cows, tearing down and rebuilding nearly every building in the country, and shutting down air travel is the result of “dry humor” and “sarcasm.” Right.
Back in January, AOC appeared at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with Ta-Nehisi Coates where she uttered the following knee slapper:
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?” Ocasio-Cortez told Coates. “This is the war — this is our World War II.”
That’s comedy gold right there! World War II jokes will kill every time.
If it’s all just a joke, let me paraphrase Jo Harding from Twister when I ask, “What’s the urgent urgency?” Why do we need to cede so much control to the government in order to solve a crisis that isn’t really a crisis?
The fact of the matter is that AOC wants to have it both ways. The climate change “crisis” is important and serious when it involves fundraising and advocating ridiculous left-leaning legislation. But it’s “sarcasm” and “dry humor” when she gets the chance to use it as a cudgel to go after conservatives for taking her at her word.
Memo to the left: you can’t have it both ways. If your claims are serious one moment and a joke the next, nobody is going to take your ideas seriously when you mean them to be. Not that anyone should take your policies that seriously anyway.