President Donald Trump slammed democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) Green New Deal on Monday while speaking at the White House on America's Environmental Leadership.
Trump noted America's successes in leading the world in carbon emissions reductions while other signatories on the Paris Climate Accord have failed to deliver results.
"And today, the United States is ranked — listen to this — number one in the world for access to clean drinking water — ranked number one in the world," Trump said. "One of the main messages of air pollution — particulate matter — is six times lower here than the global average. So we hear so much about some countries and what everyone is doing. We’re six times lower than the average. That’s a tremendous number."
"Since 2000, our nation’s energy-related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on Earth. Think of that. Emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020. We’re doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it, and that’s one of the reasons we’re here today to speak to you," Trump continued. "Every single one of the signatories to the Paris Climate Accord lags behind America in overall emissions reductions. Who would think that is possible? For this reason, in my first year in office, I withdrew the United States from the unfair, ineffective, and very, very expensive Paris Climate Accord."
Trump later slammed Ocasio-Cortez's far-left Green New Deal, which experts have estimated could cost up to $93 trillion over a 10-year period, a number that would likely bankrupt the United States.
"While we're focused on practical solutions, more than 100 Democrats in Congress now support the so-called Green New Deal. Their plan is estimated to cost our economy nearly $100 trillion — a number unthinkable, a number not affordable even in the best of times," Trump said. "If you go 150 years from now and we've had great success, that's not a number that's even thought to be affordable. It'll kill millions of jobs, it'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans, and disproportionately harm minority communities. I will not stand for it. We will defend the environment, but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity, and we will defend American jobs."