Ocasio-Cortez, climate change, millennials and the new religion
WASHINGTON. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Forrest Gump of American politics. She recently spoke to a gathering of Chicken Little millennials. In her remarks, she told them that if America does nothing to combat climate change, the world as we know it will end in a little more than a decade. If her hysterical claim sounds, well, confused, consider it proof of a generational defect.
The Greatest Generation and their feckless offspring
A 1998 book by former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw described Americans who weathered the Great Depression and stormed the beaches at Normandy as “The Greatest Generation.” Their hardships and battles were very real.
But Ocasio-Cortez says the Great Gullible Generation she represents is ready to do battle against an invisible enemy:
global warming climate change. That’s the same invisible enemy long denounced in the ravings of an ex-vice president. In addition, it’s starkly rendered in the misleading graphs and charts of faulty climate-change computer models.
The Iceman Cometh
In his 2007 Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech, former Vice President Al Gore cited what he still calls “settled science.”
“As the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years.”
In 2015, NASA’s Jay Zwally announced there was “an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula… The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise.”
NASA added that the North Polar ice sheet was the same as it was in 1979.
Ocasio-Cortez and Al Gore: Legends in their own minds
But Ocasio-Cortez remains unswayed by NASA’s satellite images. She, like the wild-eyed Gore, says her generation clings to settled climate pseudoscience.
“And I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in gen z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
Ocasio-Cortez: Money’s no object as long as it’s not mine
The Brainiac of the Bronx then offered the following drivel to the generations who liberated Nazi death camps, fought in the jungles of Vietnam, and put men on the moon.
“Your biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are [we] going to pay for it? – and this is the war, this is our World War II.”
In other words, practical considerations prove of little significance for many millennials. They allow the wasteland of social media to shape their shallow sense of reality. So, like Ocasio-Cortez, they learn such nonsense at the watercooler of the less astute. The telegraph of pipsqueaks living on dad’s dime and in his basement.
Millennials: The blind leading the blind
According to a study by the American Press Institute, millennials “get news from more than three social media platforms – including YouTube (83 percent), and Instagram (50 percent), and places of active involvement such as Reddit.”
In other words, the Democratic Party’s youthful socialist base gets its news from sites awash in celebrity gossip and videos of cats playing piano.
And this transpires despite millennials being “on track to be our most educated generation,” according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a damning commentary, if ever there was one. It reflects poorly on the moral and intellectual wasteland of America’s institutions of higher learning. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is merely Exhibit A.
Climate Change: Harbinger of a new religion
As Jonathan Monroe of the Family Research Council noted in a paper entitled “Millennials: Hard to Pin Down, Yet Ripe for Conversion”:
“Today, only 43 percent of all Millennials are likely to say that a religious life is important to them, compared with 53 percent of Generation X, 59 percent of Boomers, and 68 percent of the Silent Generation.”
But here’s the kicker…
“Oddly, Millennials still claim to pray in statistically similar numbers to previous generations.”
The question is, to what?
And that’s where Ocasio-Cortez provides the clues. Neither her beliefs in democratic socialism or fears of impending climate Armageddon are supported by real-world facts. They are quite literally articles of a burning, secular, religious faith.
You can find the evidence impugning her dogmas in two major areas. They involve the collapse of democratic socialist Venezuela, and the settled science of astronomy.
The Party of Fear stalks America’s future
Al Gore’s fear of melting polar ice will be born out in time. In 3.5 billion years. And it will have nothing at all to do with manmade carbon emissions. Our sun expands 10 percent in size every 1 billion years as its supply of hydrogen depletes. At which point it will swallow our planet before it burns out entirely. Climate alarmists can cripple our economy and drain our bank accounts with carbon taxes. But all their extreme machinations will do nothing to “save the planet.” It’s doomed… in geologic time, not Al Gore’s.
The only real hope for humankind is to leave Earth and colonize the cosmos.
But Earth and America haven’t got a prayer in the here and now as long as silly millennials like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cling to wasteful, ineffective, but resource-depleting climate schemes and dead-end socialism as dearly-held articles of faith.
As G.K. Chesterton observed:
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”
Top Images: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discusses generational
differences in approach to climate change, MLK Now screen capture. Photo of earth: NASA.