Beto’s $5-Trillion Climate Plan Still Not Good Enough for AOC, Alarmists

‘[He] gets the science wrong and walks back his commitments from earlier this month…’

Beto O'Rourke

Beto O’Rourke/IMAGE: Dallas News via Youtube

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Former Rep. Robert Francis O’Rourke (“Beto”) released a far-left, $5 trillion proposal to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050, but according to some climate change alarmists the plan would not work quickly enough to give humans a “livable future.”

Sunrise Movement, a youth anti-fossil fuel organization, said O’Rourke’s plan must match the goals set out in the Green New Deal: to eliminate all fossil fuels in 10 years, by 2030.

“We’re glad to see Beto release a climate plan as his first policy and commit to making it a day one priority for his administration. He gets a lot right in this plan,” Varshini Prakash, executive director of the group, said according to The Hill. “Unfortunately, Beto gets the science wrong and walks back his commitments from earlier this month in Iowa to move to net-zero emissions by 2030.”

And the Green New Deal’s top Congressional proponent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also said O’Rourke’s plan falls short.

“Personally, I think we need to have more aggressive timelines than that to be honest,” she told The Hill. “I think that the science and the IPCC [report] shows exactly what we need, and our legislation needs to be in line with that.”

O’Rourke said his plan matches the goal set forward in the Green New Deal.

“This historic $5 trillion investment is not only the world’s largest ever climate change investment in infrastructure, innovation, and our communities but it is also in line with the 2050 emissions goal of the Green New Deal,” a spokesperson for O’Rourke said.

Sunrise Movement wants presidential candidates to make the Green New Deal—a plan that is more of a think-piece than a policy proposal at this point—to become the focal point of the 2020 election.

The group believes youth voters will turn out to support an anti-fossil fuel, climate alarmist proposal.

“Beto claims to support the Green New Deal, but his plan is out of line with the timeline it lays out and the scale of action that scientists say is necessary to take here in the United States to give our generation a livable future,” Prakash said.

O’Rourke’s plan would legally mandate that America cuts its fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030.