‘Looney tunes’ AOC blasted by Midwest ranchers and farmers for ‘elitist’ policies

By John Gages, Washington Examiner —

The Nebraska agriculture community denounced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she went on a rant Tuesday over Republicans refusing to support her Green New Deal saying that climate change is “drowning” agriculture in the Midwest.

“I kind of write her off as a little bit looney tunes,” said Dennis Fujan a lifetime farmer and Nebraska representative for the American Soybean Association. “I don’t think she’s informed properly.”

Dale Spencer, a rancher and the former head of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association also weighed in. “She’s a rookie and she’s looking for publicity,” said Spencer, whose family has been in the ranching business in Nebraska since 1886. “Some people ought to put some boots on the ground and get out to ranch country and see what’s being done.”

The comments follow Ocasio-Cortez yelling at Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. on the Financial Services Committee for introducing an amendment to the Green New Deal that would limit the scope of the bill.

Duffy called the Green New Deal “elitist,” which caused Ocasio-Cortez to start her tirade in which she said the Green New Deal should not be a partisan issue because climate change had affected the Midwest, especially farmers.

Ocasio-Cortez continued to trying to pitch the Green New Deal on Twitter Wednesday saying the “Midwest is drowning as we speak.”

The Green New Deal is a series of initiatives that Ocasio-Cortez released last month to combat climate change. The initiatives have been embraced by many on the Left including most of the Democratic candidates running for president.

Senate Republicans voted down the Green New Deal Tuesday, and the Right has used the initiatives as a punching bag, pointing to its potential massive price tag.

Ocasio-Cortez now argues the Green New Deal should not be a partisan issue because traditional Republican strongholds in the Midwest are seeing the effects of climate change. Despite her passion, many in the agriculture community remain unconvinced.

Ken Boswell, a lifetime farmer and the past president of the Nebraska Soybean Association, took aim at Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that man-made climate change was behind the flooding. “Climate change is more political than actual,” he said. “Climate has always been changing.”

Boswell also ripped into the Green New Deal saying it was “unnecessary” and “would kill the economy of the United States.”

Ranchers also criticized the Green New Deal for being too costly for the economy.

“Under AOC’s socialist plan, the productivity will be sucked out of our economic system and the end result ultimately will be limited and more expensive food supplies,” said Tanya Storer, a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau and a rancher in Cherry county Nebraska, the largest ranching county in the state. “Socialism is a great idea for those who are too young to understand the real consequences of it.”

James Lowery, a rancher whose family has been ranching for over 125 years, argued that recent flooding was bad, but not a reason to pass the “ridiculous” Green New Deal. “I don’t want to spend a whole bunch of money on climate change,” he said. “You don’t have to make a bunch of policies because the weather changes.”

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