Oca­sio-Cortez on right path

Boston Herald - - OPINION -

For the sake of brevity, I’ll ig­nore Adri­ana Co­hen’s mis­lead­ing dis­tor­tions as she bashed newly elected Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez so we can fo­cus on the heart of Co­hen’s folly (“Oca­sio-Cortez a good dancer, clue­less on tax pol­icy”). Perhaps Co­hen would pre­fer that we con­tinue with busi­ness as usual while we pre­tend that global warm­ing is nothing to be con­cerned about. Perhaps she doesn’t re­al­ize that we are con­tin­u­ing down a path of self-an­ni­hi­la­tion that has been guided by the bal­ance sheets of the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try. Global warm­ing is caus­ing the Earth’s cli­mate to change in un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous ways, and the cas­cade of cat­a­strophic weather events oc­cur­ring around the world is our “Pearl Har­bor” wake-up call. Oca­sio-Cortez rec­og­nizes our quandary and has the courage to speak truth to power. Con­sid­er­ing that the rate of warm­ing and its con­se­quences have ex­ceeded sci­en­tists’ ex­pec­ta­tions, those ag­gres­sive pro­pos­als from Oca­sio-Cortez are the only sane ideas I’ve heard from Wash­ing­ton lately. — Kerry Cas­tonguay, Leomin­ster

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