Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was a guest on actress Jane Fonda’s podcast. When Fonda asked Ocasio-Cortez whether she believed that having a Green New Deal would have made the coronavirus easier to contain, she replied “I absolutely think so.”
“If we had passed a Green New Deal by January of this year, that would mean that we had a political establishment that respects science, that is willing to mobilize and make major investments to protect the American people and frankly our global population,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
“With those mechanisms in place, then I do believe we would have been better off. We would have respected the science early, we would have listened to scientists,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “At the beginning when we had a shortage on PPE, we didn’t have to have that shortage … we could’ve used — literally the Defense Production Act is designed for the government to mass mobilize industries to produce for the security of the American public.”