Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Green New Deal: We Have Tried To Let Private Sector Take Care Of It For 40 Years

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York discusses her signature policy proposal, the Green New Deal, in a Thursday morning interview on NPR.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us," Ocasio-Cortez told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview Thursday on 'Morning Edition.'

She added: "It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal."





"One reason that people who are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don’t like," host Steve Inskeep asked. "Are you prepared to put on that table that, 'Yes actually they’re right, what this requires is massive government intervention?'"

"It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that," Ocasio-Cortez replied. "Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years we have tried to let the private sector take care of this. They said, 'We got this, we can do this, the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate.' Except for the fact that there’s a little thing in economics called externalities. And what that means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay, but taxpayers have to pay."

Listen to the full interview here:

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