'That's Not Us': Ocasio-Cortez Adviser Denies 'Green New Deal' Promise on Economic Security
A Cornell Law professor who is also advising freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Tucker Carlson on Friday to iron out the congresswoman's radical Green New Deal.
The resolution, according to an FAQ from the congresswoman's office that was obtained by NPR, aims to tackle climate change, in part, by making air travel obsolete.
It would move the United States to rely solely on renewable energy and also promises "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work."
Professor Robert Hockett refuted the latter promise, saying that it was "erroneous" and noted in a "doctored" document circulated by Republicans.
After Carlson told Hockett the promise was confirmed to be from Ocasio-Cortez's office, the professor suggested new details may have emerged while he had been in the media all day.
"It's the wrong document, Tucker," he said. "That's not us. We certainly don't believe in anything like that."
He also questioned where the notion of making air travel unnecessary came from.
"Apparently it's being misunderstood," Hockett said. "We're really talking about expanding optionality here. We're not talking about getting rid of anything."
He went on to explain how the resolution would make moving into modern forms of technology and production cost-effective.
Carlson then asked Hockett how air travel, which the professor said "stays the same" under the Green News Deal, would be possible if fossil fuels were to be supplanted.
"We're talking about carbon neutrality, remember?" Hockett said. "We're talking about net-zero emissions. That doesn't mean that there's never any burning of anything."
When questioned by Carlson about the enormous cost of the resolution, Hockett replied by saying that more production would absorb the expenditure.
Watch the conversation above.