U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deserved the criticism she took after the February 2019 rollout of her Green New Deal included an FAQ that referenced “farting cows”.
Explaining why the plan’s 10-year goal was to get to “net-zero, rather than zero emissions”, the FAQ noted, probably in an attempt at humor, that “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast…”
The statement was a gift to conservatives and AOC’s political opponents who wanted nothing more than to paint the Green New Deal as the half-baked concoction of some far-left radicals.
The right leveraged “farting cows” to spin the Green New Deal into a punchline and sow fear that the left had it in for the agricultural and transportation industries. For her part, Ocasio-Cortez got more subsequent attention for containing the flatulent fallout than she did for espousing the Green New Deal’s smart and worth-considering proposals.
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