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There's no debate': Ocasio-Cortez says US should stop producing fossil fuels
New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told supporters on Thursday that the U.S. should stop producing fossil fuels as part of a "Green New Deal" plan. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

There's no debate': Ocasio-Cortez says US should stop producing fossil fuels

During a Washington, D.C., fundraising event Thursday night, New York Democratic House nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told supporters that the U.S. should stop producing fossil fuels, saying "there's no debate" over the issue.

What are the details?

According to Fox News, Ocasio-Cortez is promoting a "Green New Deal" plan, which is an environmental stimulus initiative with an end-goal of shifting the country to using 100 percent renewal energy sources by 2035.

"There's no debate as to whether we should continue producing fossil fuels. There's no debate. We should not," Ocasio-Cortez told the audience. "Every single scientific consensus points to that."

Ocasio-Cortez is part of a growing number of far-left politicians pushing for the Green New Deal off the heels of a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that the world must cut carbon emissions in half within the next 12 years in order to stop irreparable damage from climate change.

Fellow New Yorker Howie Hawkins, a Green Party gubernatorial candidate, told the Post Star on Wednesday, "We're really on the edge of a real disaster," citing the report. "We just hope New York can take the lead and set an example."

He added that implementing a Green New Deal at the state level would be "such an economic boom for the state."

What does Ocasio-Cortez think about climate change?

Ocasio-Cortez, who is running for New York's 14th Congressional District, calls climate change "the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization," on her campaign website.

"It's time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal — a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment," her platform says. "The Green New Deal believes that radically addressing climate change is a potential path toward a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all."

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