Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has partnered with The Intercept to release an animated short film promoting her widely panned Green New Deal, in which she narrates her vision of America's future under the bold plan.
How does the future look to AOC?
The video is set from the future, and begins with an image of Ocasio-Cortez riding a bullet train from New York to D.C., gray streaks in her hair, and windmills in the landscape. She tells the story as if looking back on how America accomplishes greatness through the initiatives she has proposed.
After giving a brief history on the threat of climate change, the Congresswoman's utopic scenario includes Democrats taking the Senate and presidency in 2020, "and launch[ing] the Decade of the Green New Deal, a flurry of legislation that kicked off our social and ecological transformation to save the planet."
She also lauded the passage of "Medicare for All, the most popular social program in American history," and "the Federal Jobs Guarantee, a public option including dignified, living wages for work."
"Funnily enough," Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says, "the biggest problem in those early years was a labor shortage. We were building a national smart grid, retrofitting every building in America, and putting trains like this one all across the country. We needed more workers."
The Congresswoman creatively weaves in scenarios where former oil workers "took apart old pipelines and got to work planting mangroves with the same salary and benefits" through unions, and how "indigenous communities offered generational expertise" in "healing the land."
Ocasio-Cortez also fanaticizes over a new Universal Childcare initiative, publicly funded election campaigns, and parts of Miami being forever under water after a hurricane.
The Democrat from New York is requesting the film be watched and shared widely, as time is of the essence.
Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half. A #GreenNewDeal is our plan… https://t.co/Md4NFyQapd— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1555511000.0