Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy reminded Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday that if she wants to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions she better get started on her walk from Washington D.C. to Austin for South by Southwest’s (SXSW) 2019 conference.
“Hey [Ocasio-Cortez], glad you’ll be joining in Austin in #Tx21 for [SXSW] — but if you want to get there timely, you gotta start walking!” Roy tweeted.
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— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) February 22, 2019
The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist was added to the list of SXSW speakers in January to discuss “privacy, mass surveillance, foreign influence campaigns and the spread of propaganda,” according to the conference’s website. SXSW is held annually in Austin, Texas where it celebrates “the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.”
Ocasio-Cortez is a frequent critic of climate change and is notable for her rhetoric on the issue.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will 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 and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” she said at an MLK Day event.
Two weeks later, Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal, which seeks to “totally overhaul transportation,” including phasing out air travel as the country moves toward net zero emissions over a 10-year period, according to the now-deleted ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of her website.
As Roy pointed out, in order to avoid violating the Green New Deal’s sweeping objectives, Ocasio-Cortez would need to walk to the SXSW conference, which would take 21 days according to Google Maps.
“See you in ATX!” Roy added.
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