Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on the U.S. to act “urgent[ly]” after a report from the federal government found that climate change is expected to have an enormous impact on the country in the near future.
In a Twitter post, the New York Democrat reissued her call for a special House caucus on climate change, a demand that some progressive activists have called for following Democrats’ takeover of the House.
“People are going to die if we don’t start addressing climate change ASAP,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Friday following the report’s release. “It’s not enough to think it’s ‘important.’ We must make it urgent.”
“That’s why we need a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, & why fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn’t be writing climate change policy,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez unseated longtime New York Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) in a stunning primary upset earlier this year. She made headlines this month upon her arrival on Capitol Hill after she joined more than 100 youth climate activists for a protest in Rep. Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-Calif.) office to demand a select committee on the issue.
The move rankled some veteran lawmakers who have privately worried that the young progressive’s style of politics will clash with longtime members of the Democratic caucus.
Her comments Saturday came hours after the U.S. Global Change Research Program issued its fourth annual climate report detailing the expected effects of climate change.
“Climate change threatens to exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities that result in higher exposure and sensitivity to extreme weather and climate-related events and other changes,” the report reads.