John Kerry: AOC Showed More Leadership on Climate Than Trump Has in His Lifetime

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former Secretary of State John Kerry claimed freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has done more on the issue of climate change than President Donald Trump and Republicans have in their lifetimes.

Kerry appeared before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday to testify about climate change and national security.

When asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s unrealistic Green New Deal, which attempts to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions in 10 years, Kerry said it was an important step in the right direction.

“My focus is on how we’re going to move forward and you know, we all have some differences with one piece of legislation or another but in proposing what she has proposed together with Sen. Markey, Congressman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject,” Kerry said.


Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., continued to press Kerry, asking where Democrats plan on finding the funding for the Green New Deal.

“There are a lot of different proposals about how to proceed,” Kerry told Comer. “I don’t know that any of them are coming from [the GOP]. Do you have a plan to deal with climate change? I think you said you’re not sure of the science … So, we’re talking about it, and my question is where is your proposal? Did you have any hearings on it in the last few years? Mostly on Benghazi, if I can recall, when I was up here.”

GOP lawmakers slammed the Green New Deal, which was defeated in the Senate last week, as a ludicrous plan that has no basis in reality.

Its original talking points included ridiculous goals, like guaranteed employment for every person and a “sustainable, pollution and greenhouse gas free, food system” that would no longer rely on “farting cows.”

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the only reason Republicans disliked the climate change initiative is because they didn’t read it.

“We don’t need cliff notes for a 14-page resolution that was designed to be read in plain English by the American people,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the House floor, according to USA Today. “So I would encourage my colleagues to actually read the resolution presented so they can speak to it responsibly and respectfully.”