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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) on Tuesday said he backs the Green New Deal because it will spur a scale of "sacrifice" similar to World War II.
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O'Rourke, who announced recently he was running for president, spoke to college students at the University of Virginia, where he touted freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D., N.Y.) Green New Deal resolution. The Green New Deal is a 14-page economic stimulus resolution that was released back in February by self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), aiming to fight income inequality and climate change.
"One of the reasons I like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Green New Deal is that it calls to mind another time in this country's past when we faced an existential challenge," O'Rourke said. "In that case, it was to our way of life to the western democracies, to our allies in Europe, to our fellow Americans."
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"In the midst of the Great Depression, this country was willing to sacrifice men and women all over the United States to make sure that we defeated Germany, and we won that war and for the following 75 years that we made this world safe for democracy," O'Rourke continued. "The Green New Deal calls that sacrifice and service in scale of commitment when it talks about the challenges that we face today."
This isn't the first time the struggle of battling climate change has been compared to fighting and winning World War II. At an MSNBC town hall last month, Ocasio-Cortez compared combatting climate change to fighting a "systemic threat to our country" on par...
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