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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge” to take her literally when she invoked a 12-year deadline to stop “world ending” global warming.

However, at least five Democrats running for president in 2020 invoked the “12 years left” talking point as a sign of how seriously they took climate change to build support among the environmental left.

In January, Ocasio-Cortez said young people were worried “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” In April, Ocasio-Cortez warned again there were only 12 years left and that “for everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but your grandkids will not.”

On Sunday, however, Ocasio-Cortez seemingly flipped her position on the 12-year deadline. Her “world ending” warning was only “dry humor,” and that “you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal,” she tweeted.

The supposed 12-year deadline is embedded in the Green New Deal, which Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey introduced in February. The bill calls for a complete transformation of the U.S. economy within 10 years based on an October United Nations report.

That report said global greenhouse gas emissions needed to fall 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030, then to zero by 2050, to avoid warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. Media outlets, politicians and activists incorrectly took this to mean there’s only 12 years left to avoid climate catastrophe.

Environmentalists promoting the Green New Deal have invoked the 12-year deadline. As have the thousands of students who went on strike for a Green New Deal. In fact, the Green New Deal’s press release claimed “we may have as few as 12 years to achieve it.”

Likewise, at least five Democratic presidential candidates have invoked the false 12-year deadline to promote their climate change agendas.

“And when it comes to environmental issues, climate change, we have 12 years,” New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said in April at the “She the People” forum in Houston, Texas.

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders warned “we have all of 12 years to significantly cut carbon emissions or else their will be irreparable damage to the United States and countries all over the world.” Sanders co-sponsored the Senate version of the Green New Deal.

Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris also used the 12-year talking point, warning of “severe consequences” if nothing is done to fight global warming.

“Every day we fail to act will be to our collective consequence. The UN has already said over the next 12 years if we don’t get this straight there will be severe consequences,” Harris said in a CNN town hall held in April.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current front-runner, warned in January that the U.N. “told us, whether you agree with the exact number, that we have 12 years to act before it’s irreversible.”

Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke also invoked the 12-year deadline, but more recently he warned of the “10 years we have left to us” to fight global warming.

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  1. Mari Brenner

    May 14, 2019 at 12:14 am

    I wish you’d go back home to upstate NY where the cows are in abundance and talk to them so we don’t have to see your face or hear your childish voice!! You’re an idiot!! Got that???

    • J Vargas

      May 14, 2019 at 12:25 am

      They don’t want her back in NYC, she’s Dumber than a Box of Rocks, will say anything to get attention, 12 years and likely nothing will change for anyone except those trying to Steal from Americans, you know, Democrats!!!

  2. Henry Fechner

    May 14, 2019 at 12:15 am

    If this isn’t a case of “The Pot Calling The Kettle Black” I don’t know what is.

  3. Erich

    May 14, 2019 at 12:32 am

    There is a REASON why no-cortex is referred to as “occasional cortex”.

  4. Peter Gaskin

    May 14, 2019 at 12:37 am

    If it meant the end of democrats bring it on they can all join Richard Branson and get on his spaceship and go live in space and leave normal people to live their lives normally and maybe make California great again with all democrats living in space (safe space) and they eventually die of and that will be the end of the mental illness known as liberalism AOC could be pilot that way we know they will get lost

  5. Tom

    May 14, 2019 at 12:44 am

    In reality we only have. ONE YEAR LEFT to get rid of Democrats permanently. But we need to change a couple of things in government. First we need voter ids. Second. we need to be able to recall senators more quickly if they are found to not be up to par. And by quickly i mean within a month. Third we need term limits on Senators and congressmen plus no more lifetime appointments to any political or judicial positions. Amd lastly we need an independent body to review , reset politicians pay, pensions and health-care.

    • A.K.

      May 14, 2019 at 10:34 am

      I like your way of doing things. How about you start gathering groups of people who agree with you, we all sign a petition and see if we can’t stir up some real answers to real problems?

  6. Michael

    May 14, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Oh please, this fucking idiot isn’t intelligent enough to make a sarcastic quip, let alone one that is actually humorous.

  7. Rick

    May 14, 2019 at 12:49 am

    She is the Queen Oyster, oh wait… Oysters are too smart…never mind.

  8. olcap

    May 14, 2019 at 1:02 am

    And yet…she’s in Congress…got ELECTED to her post by fellow New Yorkers…we are headed down a bleak path…

  9. Beat

    May 14, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I never thought I would ever agree with her but here I actually do….

  10. Randy Sieg

    May 14, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I think a sea sponge describes best her own level of intelligence…

  11. Wilson

    May 14, 2019 at 1:46 am

    The story is wrong her tweet was calling gop members stupid.

    • Ray

      May 14, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Yes she was but some of the Democrats running in 2020 repeated her comments about the world being devastated in 12 years so she was basically calling all of them sea sponges. I agree she is not bright enough to even no what sarcasm is.

  12. Wilson

    May 14, 2019 at 1:52 am

    From morons twit-her.

    This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.

    Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.

    But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows.

  13. Donna

    May 14, 2019 at 1:57 am

    This is priceless coming from her, since she’s one of them! Talk about “it takes one to know one”? And the crack up was when Pelosi let her take the gavel ahead of a congressional hearings!! Who is Pelosi bowing down to??We have some serious problems with these DUM-o-Crats! And the way things are going I see a complete destruction of our constitution by the these people! They are making their own laws and undermining what this country was established on. And the American citizens should be correcting this at the ballot box on the next election, remember them, and how self serving they have been to take power even illegally away from the citizens who voted for this President! A terrible excuse for supposed leadership these people have become!

  14. J R

    May 14, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Typical jibberish from the left. Just throw schidt up against the wall, hoping something will stick. If it doesn’t…….just throw a fresh load……the idiots who follow these looney tunes never question the validity of anything that their beloved “leaders” throw out to them.

  15. John Bowan

    May 14, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Those 12 are more stupid than sea sponges? That’s strange coming from one who is dumber than a rock

  16. Michael Groves

    May 14, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I guess this is the one time her intelligence shines through for once. If anyone knows stupid, it’s AOC.

  17. GregTorchia

    May 14, 2019 at 5:42 am

    The stupidest human being on the planet and she doesn’t even know itSpeaks volumes of the zombies that voted for her

  18. mike dar

    May 14, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Sponges have been around 200 million years, present humans 200,000 years, America 200+ years.. AOC 200>< days…… and she just discovered garbage disposals, food grows from the ground.
    AOC is an insult to Sponges, present Humans, America and needs a lot, A LOT.. more discovery which should be outside of Governance of America instead of inside.
    We now see why she and her other 6 buddies were chosen by Soros and Young Turk Islamists to primary other Democrats… lack of Intelligence Quota.
    Soros and the Islamists plan on 80 more in the 2020 cycle… even the sponges are wary now.

  19. rosi d

    May 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

    If you want to combat CO2, plant trees, millions of trees. Reforest all the areas that have been clear-cut (shaved).

  20. Shari Early

    May 14, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Her lies say everything about her. She’s dumber than a box of rocks to think people are dumb enough to fall for her saying it was any kind of humor. That complete idiot believed it and pushed it with her psychotic green new deal. I want to hear from the Democrats running for president about her saying this.

  21. Diana

    May 14, 2019 at 7:56 am

    That is quite a statement coming from someone who holds the Championship Trophy for Dumber Than Ditch Water. But give her her due she is great for comic relief ! She brings daily Hunor to Democratic Politics.

  22. RAY SAY

    May 14, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Said Queen Dumb Sponge to the others

  23. Sparky 64

    May 14, 2019 at 8:25 am

    That’s pretty ripe from someone who thinks garbage disposals may not be environmentally safe to use.

  24. William Dorich

    May 14, 2019 at 8:27 am

    When it comes to “Climate Change” APC does not know her Ass from her elbow…Since 1970s the U.S. began collecting data on “Global Warming,” in the following 45 years the global temperature increased by ONLY 1/10th of a degree. Morons like AOC and her ilk changed their mantra and now call it “Climate Change” … there are corrupt scientists on the take of government grants supportive of these lies and distortions. THERE MUST BE A BUNDLE OF MONEY TO BE MADE IN THIS POLITICAL SCAM? Using half truths has become a bat with which to club Americans over the head to gain votes…When St. Helen exploded it release more carbon pollution then all of the cars in the U.S. for a year…do these scientists KNOW HOW “CLIMATE CHANGE” WILL STOP the most dangerous SUPER-VOLCANO in Yellowstone from erupting, the results that will surely kill thousands and darken the western skies for several years in which nothing will grow?

    There are 20 Coal Powered Power Plants in the U.S. …ZERO ARE BEING BUILT… politicians want to shut down our remaining 20 plants to “Save the Planet”?…What fucking bull shit!

    Take a look at a partial list of coal powered plants in the world today that
    “Pollute the Atmosphere” that the U.S. and what ever we do will have little to no effect on changing…

    China has 2,363, building 1,171 more—
    India has 589, building 446 more… Total 1,036—
    The EU has 468, building 27 more… Total 495—
    Turkey has 56, building 93 more… Total 149—
    Japan has 90, building 45 more… Total 135—
    South Africa has 79, building 24 more… Total 103—
    South Korea has 58, building 26 more… Total 84—
    Philippines has 19, building 60 more… Total 79—

    Total of 3,534 COAL POWERED POWER PLANTS….and that’s in just 8 countries….

  25. Gordon

    May 14, 2019 at 9:05 am

    The democrats are consumate liars. Just one more little “Chicken Little, the Sky is Falling” lie. Only children might believe this. Oh Wait! Their supporters think like children, you know, rainbows and unicorns.

  26. abolishliberalism

    May 14, 2019 at 9:26 am

    As dumb as a sea sponge?? Well, I guess if ANYONE would know this it would be her… Although I have to admit, this is possibly the most intelligent thing the’s said since taking office!

  27. Silas Longshot

    May 14, 2019 at 9:35 am

    So, the latest democrat to jump into the race for prez is another “who?” named Bullock? Well it’s all bullocks to me, the menu has 22 flavors of gays, leftists, socialists, commies, pervs & pedos, gun grabbers, climate change fanatics, VP who kisses China’s azz for deals…nobody heard of most of ’em. But for the first time, I tend to agree with the jackass from the Bronx, they are indeed as smart as sea sponges (I’m surprised she knew what a sea sponge is) if they think America will vote for them after Trump finishes his first term.

  28. Steve

    May 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

    She should know all about being “dumb as sea sponges” , she is certainly one of them ! Not to mention NWO criminal like the rest..

  29. jim

    May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    She certainly is an expert on the intelligence of a sea sponge. She has that title for sure.

  30. coachpan

    May 14, 2019 at 10:55 am

    AOC and Biden would make a great ticket !

  31. Pauline Kasper

    May 14, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Look who’s talking, Ms. Occasional-Kotex! After all, you are a college graduate who could only find a job as a bar tender. You were probably bored with that job and with sitting at home in your parents’ basement surrounded by your Barbie collection (which you can sell, if they are in good shape) and your participation trophies from high school and college.

  32. Steve T

    May 14, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    IMHO, she’s eminently qualified to make this call…

  33. souperd

    May 14, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Well there’s the most self aware statement she’s ever made. By way the Bozo O’ Rouke was dead on in his 10 year assessment according to a UN report, except that ten year deadline was reached in 1999. That’s right, the UN released a report in 1989 saying we had to fix GLOBAL WARMING within the next decade or it’d be all she wrote. ” Peter James Spielmann, “U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked”, Associated Press, June 29, 1989 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
    Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ″eco- refugees,′ ′ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.”

  34. Mary Johnson

    May 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Well something I can finally agree with her on but coming from her does not mean a lot because she is one of those dumb sea sponges.

  35. Linda

    May 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    How the top Democratic Presidential candidates must love being schooled by AOC, who is a sea sponge herself. Glad she is on their team.

  36. Nancy

    May 14, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    EXCELLENT suggestions, which we sooooo desperately need “yesterday”. WHY are there so many damn rules/laws that prevent this. WHY is Trump put up against a locked gate 90% of the time he tries to help America. WHY does it take so damn long to change something that’s bad………. i.e. WHY has it been months and still we can’t shut down the border due to red tape???

  37. Michael A Heath Sr.

    May 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    This is one UGLY little “Bag Of Sticks” and seeing her every day doesn’t help with the VOMITING issue i am having! As a matter of fact she could be as dumb as Sea Sponge excrement, the way i see it and her mouth is way to big !!!

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