Ocasio-Cortez Walks Back Claim on World Ending in 12 years

Washington Free Beacon | 5/12/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Sunday attempted to downplay her claim that the world will end in 12 years unless Congress acts on climate change by mocking Republicans and saying, "You’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal."

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"This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Like the ‘world ending in 12 years' thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal."

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) released the Green New Deal, a 14-page economic stimulus resolution that aims to fight income inequality and climate change, back in February. While it has previously been estimated by the American Action Forum to cost up to $94.4 trillion, Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats, including several 2020 presidential candidates, have voiced their support for the Green New Deal.

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Over the course of the last few months, Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that members off Congress and Americans need to act swiftly in combating climate change. Back in January, Ocasio-Cortez participated in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, where she issued a warning about fighting climate change.

"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 said. "This is the war — this is our World War II."

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After she initially made the claim about the world ending in 12 years, she pushed back against Republicans on Twitter by saying it wasn't a gaffe, but a "generational difference."

She has also addressed this claim during one of her...
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