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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
What would you like to see accomplished in 2019?
What we have to do is redefine what the climate movement is about, and we have to re-define it in the scope of environmental justice.
For so long, people have thought of climate-change legislation as saving polar bears, but they don’t think of the pipes in Flint.
They don’t think of the air in the Bronx.
They don’t think of coal miners getting cancer in West Virginia.
When we talk about defining the scope, we have to talk about climate as a social-justice issue, as an economic-justice issue and as an environ-mental issue.
We really want to lay some stakes in the ground that say, “If your legislation is not dealing with jobs, if it’s not dealing with infrastructure, if it’s not dealing with bringing justice to frontline communities, then it’s not a Green New Deal.”
And we have a majority in the House, so why not swing for the fences?