Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested it might not be ethical to have children, given the problems climate change will likely cause in the years to come.
In a live stream on her Instagram posted on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez suggested to her 2.5 million followers the answer is not clear.
"There's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult – and it does lead young people, I think, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" she asked.
"Even if you don't have kids, there are still children still here, and we have a moral obligation . . . to leave a better world for them . . . a lack of urgency is going to kill us."
Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal — a plan that would refocus the economy on renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuel and coal. The plan would also work to strengthen labor laws, healthcare, access to higher education, housing, and public ownership of certain institutions.
The proposal, which a GOP-aligned think tank has reportedly estimated could cost $93 trillion, follows release of a UN report predicting we have only 12 years to limit or reverse the effects of climate change before its impact causes unmanageable drought, floods, extreme heat, and life-threatening weather events.
A number of Democratic presidential candidates have embraced the Green New Deal, including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Following the proposal's introduction, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the Senate will vote on a non-binding measure to force Democrats to go on the record with their support of the controversial plan.
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