Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clapped back after the New York Post accused her of “hypocrisy” for promoting the Green New Deal initiative while continuing to travel in cars and planes.
“Pack it up folks, the Pulitzer’s been decided.” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday morning alongside a picture of the Post’s front page. “No one can rival this kind of hard-hitting journalism.”
The Green New Deal resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez aims to, among other things, “achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” within 10 years, make existing infrastructure and buildings more sustainable and energy efficient, and ensure universal access to clean, air, water and food.
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A “frequently asked questions” summary of the plan that was put together by Ocasio-Cortez’s office calls for the nation to “overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”
The New York Post’s report suggests this goal is hypocritical given that Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign “heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars” despite being in close proximity to a subway station.
The campaign listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, costing a total of $29,365.70 on federal filings, according to the New York Post.
The report also notes that the campaign spent $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions.
“I also fly and use AC,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday night. “Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future.”
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Contributing: Will Cummings, USA TODAY
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