by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It’s not clear whether U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ever has seen a cow. Yet, as CNS.com reports, the freshman member of Congress believes it’s important to consider one particular bovine characteristic.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.) said in a March 29 appearance on MSNBC’s “All in With Chris Hayes” that Americans “need to have a serious conversation” about climate change, including the contribution being made to it by “cow flatulence.”
The issue came up when Hayes referenced a “FAQ” put out by Ocasio-Cortez’s office in February that explained her Green New Deal and conceded that the changes that it envisioned within 10 years would have a certain limit because they might not be able to “get rid of farting cows and airplanes” within that time frame. …
… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded: What I will say is that there–I definitely had a staffer that had a very bad day at work and did release a working draft early. So I get that that’s what they’re seizing on. But really what we need to do is have a serious conversation. And even in in those draft versions, what they were talking about, and, is really about the fact that we need to innovate on our technology you know? Obviously like, I had a staffer you know, released a document to talk about cow flatulence but–
Hayes interrupted: Which is an issue, I just want to say.
“Which is an issue, but here`s the thing,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“It sounds ridiculous but it literally is an issue,” said Hayes.
“But actually it`s an issue when it comes to contributing to methane,” said Ocasio-Cortez, “but that doesn`t mean you end cows. It means that we need–What it means is that we need to innovate and change our grain, our cow grain, from which you know, they feed in these troughs, that we need to really take a look at regenerative agriculture. Like these are our solutions.”