Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has claimed a viral video showing a flooded NY subway station is the result of Americans taking ‘orders from fossil fuel execs.’
The firebrand Democrat, 31, claimed that her Green New Deal was being sidelined by corporate elites who would ‘make you swim to work.’
Thunder storms brought flash flooding to the city this week with footage showing New Yorkers wading through filthy waist deep water at a Bronx subway station.
AOC – who is from the Bronx – responded to the videos on Twitter, mocking her critics by writing in their voice: ‘The Green New Deal, which is a blueprint to create millions of good jobs rebuilding infrastructure to stem climate change & protect vulnerable communities, is unrealistic.’
‘Instead we will do the adult thing, which is take orders from fossil fuel execs and make you swim to work,’ she continued.
Thunder storms brought flash flooding to the city this week with footage showing New Yorkers wading through filthy waist deep water at a Bronx subway station
The Congresswoman’s ambitious Green New Deal sets out bold targets to reduce green house gas emissions and ban fossil fuels to prevent a ‘climate crisis.’
Slammed by Republicans, critics say AOC’s policy proposal makes sweeping assumptions about what has caused this ‘climate emergency,’ including corporate greed and ‘racial injustice.’
Biden announced in January that the United States would rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate change, and has promised to put the country on track to net-zero emissions by 2050.
AOC and her allies believe net-zero by 2050 is not enough to tackle the problem.
However, critics say that even to achieve net-zero by the mid century will require a total overhaul of the economy at a colossal cost to the taxpayer with potentially negligible improvements to the climate.
The NYC subway system often floods when there is heavy rain, however many scientists theorise that stormy weather has become more common due to climate change.
AOC blamed the severe weather on ‘fossil fuel execs’ and said her Green New Deal was the solution
AOC’s tweet brought a mixture of bemused and critical reactions, with one person replying: ‘I don’t understand the connection. I’m not being a jerk. Yet. I just don’t understand how AOC is saying this is a republican caused / fossil fuel execs issue.’
Equity research analyst Gordon Johnson replied: ‘So, buying solar panels made in China, shutting down natural gas plants in the US (the ones that employ millions in the US), and sending our energy grid back to the Middle Ages (CA is begging people to consume less water, natural gas, and engaging in 3rd world blackouts) is a solution?’
Flash flooding in NYC caused subway and road closures this week as people waded through streets filled with waist-deep rain water.
The extreme weather is a taste of what tropical Storm Elsa may bring as she heads towards New York – predicted to arrive on Friday afternoon.
Some brave commuters waded through filthy water at 157th St, while others innovated and tried to hop through it in a trash bag, in the style of a potato-sack races
The rescues took place near 179th street in the University Heights neighborhood
On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water
On the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the NYPD Strategic Response Group was deployed to rescue motorists whose vehicles stalled in deep water.
Utilizing a department truck designed to haul crowd-control barriers, NYPD officers rescued several stranded motorists, loading them onto the truck’s flatbed to ford the floodwater.
The rescues took place near 179th street in the University Heights neighborhood.
Meanwhile, several Manhattan subway stations experienced severe flooding as well.
In the Washington Heights neighborhood, the 1 Train station at 157th Street was seen submerged in deep water.
Flooding was also spotted in Penn Station, and the Metropolitan Transit Agency warned that A Train service was suspended between Inwood-207 Street and 181 Steet ‘because of an excessive amount of rainfall collecting at track level near Dyckman St.’
‘Crews are actively addressing flooding issues in our stations. We’ve hardened stations in coastal flooding zones, but when streets above flood, water will always flow downhill,’ the agency said in a statement.
‘Please be safe and do not enter flooded stations while our crews work to resolve this,’ the MTA added.
New York City’s major airports all experienced major delays as the storms rolled through, and called a ‘ground halt’ on incoming traffic until the weather passed.
Thursday’s Mets game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was another casualty of the bad weather, with the 7.10pm game rescheduled for a double-header on Friday.
Friday night’s game could also be at risk as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way up the East Coast.