Former congressman Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) embraced climate change alarmism on the first day of his presidential campaign on Thursday, warning that this is mankind's "final chance" to "take incredibly bold action on this crisis."
O'Rourke launched his 2020 campaign on Thursday morning, saying that the challenges that the United States faces are "the greatest in living memory."
At multiple campaigns stops in Iowa, O'Rourke hyped climate change hysteria, comparing climate change proposals to "those who were on the beaches in Normandy."
At another campaign stop, O'Rourke expressed strong support for the "Green New Deal" when he was asked about it.
"Let us all be well aware that life will be a lot tougher for the generations that follow us, no matter what we do," O'Rourke said. "It is only a matter of degrees. Along this current trajectory, there will be people who can no longer live in the cities they call home today. There is food grown in this country that will no longer prosper in these soils. There is going to be massive migration of tens or hundreds of millions of people from places that are going to be uninhabitable or under the sea."
"This is the final chance," O'Rourke continued. "The scientists are unanimous on this. We have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis. My gratitude is to them for the young people who stepped up to offer such a bold proposal to meet such a grave challenge. They say we should do nothing less than marshal every resource in the country to meet that challenge, to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, to get to net zero emissions, which means not only must we emit less greenhouse gasses, we must plant things that absorb greenhouse gasses and carbon and invest in the technology to allow us to claim some that are in the air now. Can we make it? I don't know. It's up to every one of us. Do you want to make it? "
O'Rourke's climate change fanaticism and the talking points he uses seem to come directly from socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
In October, Ocasio-Cortez stated that the blueprint for fighting climate change needed to be the same as the blueprint that the U.S. used to defeat Nazi Germany.
"So we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II," Ocasio-Cortez said. "And so we've been here before and we have a blueprint of doing this before."
"None of these things are new ideas," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany and the Axis [Powers], who explicitly made the United States...an enemy."
"And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country," Ocasio-Cortez added. "We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100% renewable energy, and that's just the truth of it."
In January, Ocasio-Cortez said during a Martin Luther King forum in New York City that the world was going to end in 12 years if something was not done about climate change.
"I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change," Ocasio-Cortez said without evidence. "And your biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II."
Prominent climate change scientists have pushed back on Ocasio-Cortez's extremist rhetoric. Axios reported the following quotes:
- Andrea Dutton, a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Florida: "For some reason the media latched onto the 12 years (2030), presumably because they thought that it helped to get across the message of how quickly we are approaching this and hence how urgently we need action. Unfortunately, this has led to a complete mischaracterization of what the report said."
- Gavin Schmidt, who leads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies: "All the time-limited frames are bullshit. Nothing special happens when the 'carbon budget' runs out or we pass whatever temperature target you care about, instead the costs of emissions steadily rise."
- Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at NASA: "12 years isn't a deadline, and climate change isn't a cliff we fall off — it's a slope we slide down. We don't have 12 years to prevent climate change — we have no time. It's already here. And even under a business-as-usual scenario, the world isn't going to end in exactly twelve years."