After a Twitter debate with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore summarized his fierce opposition to the New York congresswoman’s “Green New Deal” in an interview, saying it would “basically be the end of civilization.”
Noting that along with fossil fuels, Ocasio-Cortez and her allies oppose nuclear power and hydroelectric dams, Patrick Moore told the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Monday night “the greens” are “opposed to approximately 98.5 percent of all the electricity we are using and nearly 100 percent of all the vehicle and transportation and ship and plane energy we are using.”
The exchange on Twitter began when Moore responded to an Ocasio-Cortez’ tweet saying: “Yup. If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis. Until then, we’re in charge – and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.”
Moore shot back: “Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get the food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.”
Moore told Carlson there won’t be any electric trucks anytime soon to bring food to the super markets.
“If we ban fossil fuels, first agricultural production would collapse in a very short period of time,” he said. “There are these things called tractors, and they use fuel, and all of the other implements on the farm. And then there’s the transportation.”
Without fuel, Moore asked, how does the food get to the center of New York City, where Ocasio-Cortez is from?
“You don’t,” he said. “Then the people there will begin to starve, and that will spread out as a rot from the center of the metropolises across the country, and half the population will die in a very short period of time.”
Moore also argued that in such a scenario, assuming the Paris accord were implemented worldwide, “there wouldn’t be a tree left on this planet, because that would be all there was for fuel for heating and cooking.”
“So just that one point – never mind the insanity of aircraft and fossil-fuel-using vehicles,” he said.
Well, it’s a silly plan
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Moore explained why he reacted so strongly to Ocasio-Cortez.
The New York congresswoman, responding to criticism of her plan as “unrealistic” and “vague,” said at a “Girls Who Code” event in New York City last month: “And I’m like, you try. You do it. ‘Cause you’re not. ‘Cause you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss. How about that?”
That didn’t sit well with Moore.
“Well, it’s a silly plan; that’s why I suggested she was a pompous little twit, twit meaning silly in the British lexicon,” Moore told “Fox & Friends.”
“She really rubbed me the wrong way when she said she’s ‘the boss’ because she can make up a proposal that’s completely ridiculous, and no one else did.”
Moore, the director of the CO2 Coalition, a group of American and Canadian scientists skeptical of man-made climate change, acknowledged “climate change is real.”
“It’s been happening since the beginning of time, but it’s not dangerous and it’s not created by people,” he said, calling it a “completely natural phenomenon.”
He noted climate-change scientists who receive “perpetual government grants” contend “the science is settled and say people like myself should just shut up.”
“On the other hand, they keep studying it forever as if there’s something new to find out.”