Cortez is way out ahead of the rest of the Democratic party, but that is where all visionaries find themselves before the rest of the herd show up. 

Courtesy of The World News

Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied an audience of supporters in Washington Thursday evening with calls to implement single-payer health care and tuition-free college – along with an appeal to stop fossil fuel production entirely.

Ocasio-Cortez, who is running to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has made no secret of her opposition to fossil fuels. She’s called for politicians to forsake donations from the industry and is pushing a “Green New Deal” plan which entails a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

But she cast her position in stark terms Thursday, during a fundraiser at a restaurant along D.C.’s hip 14th Street.

“There’s no debate as to whether we should continue producing fossil fuels. There’s no debate. We should not,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Every single scientific consensus points to that.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report earlier this week declaring that civilization only has 12 years to save the planet from “climate catastrophe.” Preventative steps include reducing coal production and bringing global net emissions close to zero by 2030.

However, Ocasio-Cortez’ position departs from that of some Democrats who advocate what the Obama administration termed an “all of the above” energy policy – embracing oil and natural gas production, as well as the generation of renewables like wind and solar.

The position taken by Cortez is also supported by a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

By hand-delivering the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released earlier this week, to local and national leaders worldwide, members and allies of 350.org aim to make sure that no politician or institution of power can escape the “hard truths” put forth by the world’s scientific community: that there is only a small window left to institute radical change to the way humanity produces and consumes energy and that leaving the remaining oil, coal, and gas reserves in the ground is essential if catastrophic warming is to be avoided.

I give President Obama a lot of credit for what he attempted to do to save the environment.

But Donald Trump was able to wipe almost all of that progress out within his first two years in office, which actually leaves us in worse shape than before. 

When the Democrats gain back control they are going to have to be far more aggressive in putting into place policies that quickly move America at least to a fossil fuel-free zone as much as is humanly possible at this point. 

Just like with healthcare using half measures simply will no longer work. 

We need universal single payer health care, and we need to wean off fossil fuels completely as soon as it is possible to do so.

Remember this solution to a planet killing problem is decades too late already, we simply do not have any more time for hesitation. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to get all kinds of shit for this, especially from conservatives who are in the pocket of fossil fuel producing energy companies, but that certainly does not mean she is wrong.