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Ocasio-Cortez: It’s ‘legitimate’ to ask if OK to have children in face of climate change

Ocasio-Cortez: It’s ‘legitimate’ to ask if OK to have children in face of climate change
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Freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.) says it’s a “legitimate question” to ask whether it’s OK for parents to continue to have children in an age of looming climate-related consequences.

Speaking to her 2.5 million followers on Instagram over the weekend, the progressive lawmaker parsed the question she said she hears from her younger constituents.

“There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?” she said.

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The co-sponsor of a "Green New Deal" resolution making its way through the House and Senate, Ocasio-Cortez said time was of the essence to address how to reverse the effects of global warming within the 12-year timeline estimated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report last fall.

"We had time when I was born, but — ticktock — nothing got done. As the youngest member of Congress, I wish we didn’t have 12 years. It’s our lungs that are going to get choked with wildfire smoke. ... Climate delayers are the new climate deniers," said the 29-year-old lawmaker said on Instagram.

The lawmaker has made climate change a key initiative of hers.

Since taking her seat in January she has pushed for a climate change-focused House select committee and later introduced a Green New Deal resolution in the House that aims to move the country toward 100 percent renewable energy usage by 2030.

Climate change has also become a key initiative for a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who see the topic as a key issue for younger constituents.

The Green New Deal movement has been pushed in large part by the youth activist group the Sunrise Movement, that Monday lead a protest inside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE’s (R-Ky.) office to get him on board with the initiative.