Ted Cruz is not positive what the Paris Local weather Settlement is. Thankfully, AOC reminded him of that
President Joe Biden is already busy reversing some of the legal damage the Trump administration caused in its first 24 hours in office. He signed executive orders to help Americans under financial strain during the coronavirus pandemic, and ended Trump’s Muslim travel ban and his construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border. While Republicans are in the arms over many of these orders, they are also particularly angry about Biden’s executive order to re-join the Paris Agreement.
Trump loyalists, including Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Diana Harshbarger, both criticized the move. In a tweet, Blackburn said the decision to re-join the deal – an international treaty on climate change – would “cost American jobs and force households and small businesses to pay higher electricity bills.” Harshbarger repeated Blackburn’s rhetoric, claiming: “Instead of putting Americans first, [Biden’s] Implement a liberal agenda to score points with the international community. “
But it was Texas Senator Ted Cruz – who may have become Trump’s greatest sycophant – whose attitude was worthy of stern mockery by New York MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cruz released a statement Wednesday arguing that by resuming the Paris Climate Agreement, Biden is “more interested in the views of Parisians than in the jobs of Pittsburgh citizens.” The Paris Agreement, however, not only represents the views of the Parisians – 189 countries have signed the treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even so, Cruz went on to claim that the “deal will do little to affect the climate or harm the livelihoods of Americans.”
It wasn’t long before Ocasio-Cortez came back with an expert push, as is known. “Nice tweet Sen. Cruz,” she began before asking, “Do you think the Geneva Convention was about the views of the people of Geneva?” She went a step further, adding, “Call on anyone who believes that US Senators should be competent and not undermine our elections in order to instigate insurrections against the United States.”
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Nice tweet Sen. Cruz! Quick question: Do you also think that the Geneva Convention was about the views of the people of Geneva?
Call on everyone who believes that US Senators should be competent and not undermine our elections to encourage an insurrection against the United States. Https://t.co/mMf8iDo72G
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 21, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez was referring, of course, to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol led by thousands of Trump supporters, white nationalists, and QAnon believers. Cruz has received backlash from Congressional Democrats, including New York City Congressmen, for joining Trump’s efforts to essentially steal the 2020 presidential election. The Texas Senator stood by and encouraged the president in his false accusations, while also speaking out against counting the votes of key states such as Arizona.
This is also not the first time that AOC and Cruz have competed against each other. After the attack on the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez confronted Cruz with his refusal to condemn the fact that literal Nazis were involved in planning and carrying out the violent siege. After Cruz Biden despised labeling some of the attackers as such, Ocasio-Cortez intervened: “They wore Auschwitz shirts, set up the gallows and tried to hang up the vice president,” she said. “Your continued apology and rejection of the neo-Nazi presence on Wednesday is hideous and dangerous.” Unfortunately for Cruz, he will never stand a chance against the harsh words of his colleague.
Still, Biden’s decision to re-sign the Paris Agreement is a small step in the right direction when it comes to addressing the existential threat posed by climate change in order to continue global efforts to move away from fossil fuels. And regardless of what Cruz thinks, even Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto endorsed the initiative in a series of tweets. “Are you kidding me? Here we go again …” wrote Peduto in response to Cruz. He later added that Pittsburgh, although once a city that was once a coal and nuclear power plant, “has exceeded our Paris commitments Has”.
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