By Joe Tacopino
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for more urgency to address climate change on Friday, comparing its impact on Americans to the tragedy of 9/11.
The Bronx rep was discussing her Green New Deal on MSNBC when she said the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was similar to the 2001 terrorist attack.
“On the events on September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans died in the largest terror attack on US soil,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes.
“Our national response was war in one then eventually two countries: 3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?”
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the criticism of the cost of her plan by saying that the country needs to take action in order to avoid future catastrophe.
“So this issue is not just about our climate. First and foremost we need to save ourselves. Period,” she said.
“There will be no future for the Bronx. There will be no livable future for generations coming, for any part of this country in a way that is better than the lot that we have today if we don’t address this issue urgently and on the scale of the problem.”
The Green New Deal was defeated in a procedural votein the Senate by a vote of 57-0. Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, dismissed the vote as a “stunt.”