Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is committed to climate justice and building a renewable energy economy.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, has spent time as an activist in both Flint, Michigan and in North Dakota protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Previously, she worked as an Educational Director for high-school students and served in Senator Ted Kennedy’s immigration office. She was the first woman of color ever to run in New York’s fourteenth district.
As a representative, Ocasio-Cortez will be an environmental champion. She has made climate action and environmental justice centerpieces of her campaign for Congress and is committed to implementing a 21st century Green New Deal to spur economic recovery and accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy—she believes the United States can be carbon-free and utilize 100% renewable energy by 2035.
Ocasio-Cortez joins the U.S. House after defeating Representative Joe Crowley in the primary election. Crowley earned a lifetime score of 94% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Climate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization, and the effects of warming can be hard to predict and self-reinforcing. We need to avoid a worldwide refugee crisis by waging a war for climate justice through the mobilization of our population and our government.”
Source: LCVAF Proposal.