Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) released her highly anticipated "Green New Deal" last week — and instantly botched it. Along with the plan, which has some 70 Democrats backing it, AOC's office published an FAQ document outlining some of the plan's ultimate goals — and they are not just radical, they're utterly impossible. The result was much mockery and derision from critics on the right, concern and confusion from fans on the left, and her office quickly pulling the much-maligned FAQ document from her GND page. After suggesting that conservatives were somehow to blame, her team now says we should all forget about the document because it was just an "early draft" that they accidentally posted and distributed to major news outlets.
As the FAQ debacle was unfolding, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips journeyed to the campus of the University of Miami to ask students how they felt about AOC's plan to combat climate change and, in the process, restructure the entire economy. The students initially felt great about Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.
"I view it favorably. I think that we need to cut our reliance on fossil fuels," said one student. "It's definitely a great idea," added another. "I like that it's progressive. I like that it's gonna push the world forward to where we need to be," another said. "I would say it's a favorable act," one student said succinctly. "From knowing who's endorsed it and some little things, it sounds great," mused another. "I think it'd be great for us!" exclaimed one.
Some of the students made clear that they perceive global warming as an apocalyptic concern. "I think if we didn't do that, then we're going to be killing ourselves, basically," said one student. "So we need to take care of ourselves."
"Anything that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels is really important," agreed another. "I definitely support this movement," said one student generally.
But when asked by Phillips about the Green New Deal's ultimate goals of eliminating all use of fossil fuels, including natural gas, in the next decade and other radical elements, the students' enthusiasm about the plan quickly dwindled.
"I don't think that that is something that would be able to be done in such a short amount of time," one student said.
"I think ten years is a little extreme," said another, "because there's such a big global market and economic impact of oil businesses ..."
"Sounds like a reach, honestly," says another student, laughing. Asked if he thinks it sounds "feasible," another student said flatly, "No."
Some of the strongest responses came to Ocasio-Cortez's team's goal laid out in the since-deleted FAQ of giving every American "economic security" even if they are "unable or unwilling to work."
After being raked over the coals for the FAQ, which called for building so many high-speed railways that "air travel stops becoming necessary," the elimination of fossil fuels in ten years, shutting down nuclear power, the rebuilding or retrofitting of every building in America to make them more green, and the reduction of cow flatulence, her team pulled the document from the Green New Deal page.
As The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti reported Sunday, over the weekend, "Ocasio-Cortez and her advisers began running a full-scale operation to distract and deflect from criticism of the Green New Deal, suggesting first that conservatives had circulated a handful of 'doctored' versions of her FAQ, and then, when that line of attack failed, that the posted FAQ, which suggested, among other things, a universal income even for those 'unwilling' to work, was an irrelevant 'early draft.'" But even if that was an "early draft," the FAQ clearly presents some of the essential goals of the plan.
After accusing critics of passing around a "doctored" FAQ, when in fact most of them were responding directly to the FAQ her team provided, the freshman congresswoman's team is now promising to provide a clearer outline of the plan.