Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used the devastating damage from Hurricane Dorian to renew her calls for action on climate change on Tuesday, tweeting out a video showing destruction in the Bahamas caused by the storm.
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"This is what climate change looks like," the congresswoman wrote. "It hits vulnerable communities first."
The Democratic socialist then took a hit at her political rivals, saying, "I can already hear climate deniers screeching: 'It's always been like this! You're dim,' etc."
"No," she added. "This is about science & leadership. We either decarbonize & cut emissions, or we don't & let people die."
This is what climate change looks like: it hits vulnerable communities first. I can already hear climate deniers s… https://t.co/Ex8ervdisw— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1567550340.0
The Hill reported that at least five people have been killed by the hurricane, which was classified as a level 5 but has been downgraded to a level four as it approaches the U.S.
Ocasio-Cortez has been pushing for aggressive policies to combat global warming since she took office in January. The freshman championed the widely-mocked — and quickly rejected — Green New Deal with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a multi-trillion dollar initiative promising to transform the United States' economy while combating racism and other social ills.
The congresswoman wasn't the only Democratic socialist to insist Dorian was due climate change. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Twitter, "Let us be clear: Hurricane Dorian has everything to do with climate change, which is the existential crisis of our time."
The fossil fuel industry is now the equivalent of the tobacco industry. It creates death and destruction, then spen… https://t.co/xpvyelf1K2— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1567537368.0