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Ocasio-Cortez Calls for ‘Massive Government Intervention’ to Combat Climate Change

TRENT BAKER

During an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for a “massive government intervention” to fix global climate change as she discussed her “Green New Deal” outline.

Ocasio-Cortez explained that she thinks the United States of America is more to blame for the problem of climate change, which is why she argued the country needs to be the leader in fighting the issue.

“As you know, congresswoman, one reason that people are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don’t like. Are you prepared to put on that table that, ‘Yes, actually, they’re right. What this requires is massive government intervention?’” host Steve Inskeep asked in the interview which aired Thursday.

“It does, it does. Yeah, I have no problem saying that,” replied Ocasio-Cortez. “Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years, we tried to let the private sector take care of this. They said, ‘We got this, we can do this, the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate.’ Except for the fact that there’s a little thing in economics called externalities. And what that means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay, but taxpayers have to pay.”

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