Julia Cumming [left] interviewing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [right], New York Democratic Candidate for Congress (NY-14), at her “Anger Can Be Power” event at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, a part of BUST Magazine’s “School for Creative Living”, Dec. 10, 2017. [Wikimedia Commons Photo]

blog logoAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist from the Bronx, just beat out the longtime US representative Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primaries.

She’s become a media darling since. That’s great for a lot of reasons — for more empowerment of women in American politics, more empowerment for minorities, AND more empowerment for greenies like me (and hopefully you, too).

Ocasio-Cortez is finally getting the major media to start paying more attention to the exciting possibility of getting 100 percent of our electricity — every single last electron! — from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

This is not only possible, switching to 100 percent renewable energy will SAVE money, grow the economy, and potentially also save the earth from imploding as a hospitable place to live for the millions of different life forms that inhabit it — including humans.

Mark Jacobsen, a Stanford University economics professor, is among the many experts who have been saying for years that the world can easily — yes, easily — transform itself from a place where the Middle Ages still rule, meaning a place where we still BURN DIRTY STUFF to make electricity, to an elegant yet also simple post-modern 100-percent renewable energy place.

Dozens and dozens of cities in the United States and around the world — along with some states (Hawaii for one) and nation-states (Costa Rica, Colombia, Tanzania, etc.) have committed to going 100 percent renewable in the next 30 years.



Of course, a growing number of cities, states and countries committing to 100 percent renewable energy hasn’t gotten the attention of most Americans, who don’t seem very concerned about the biggest challenge facing global humanity in centuries. However, I’m thinking Ocasio-Cortez could make significant headway in changing the vexxing, and, frankly, shameful, lack of American attention to climate change.

Thank you, Alexandria for putting something onto the major media map that should have been there a LONG time ago!

 

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