A Utah Republican is turning to hyperbole and absurdity by declaring the Green New Deal is “tantamount to genocide.”
Axios reported Thursday that top leader Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented at a press conference where he went on the attack against the progressive policy that would aim to curb the United States’ responsibility for global climate change.
“That may be an overstatement but not by a whole lot,” Bishop acknowledged.
The United Nations defines genocide as in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948). They classify it as the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group…” So, it’s unclear if the Congressman is unfamiliar with actual genocide or the progressive law.
A study from the New England Journal of Medicine released in January predicted a minimum of 250,000 deaths each year that will be a direct result of climate change.
The facts seem consistent with a 2014 report that predicted climate change would bring “malaria, diarrhea, heat stress and malnutrition, killing that many more people annually around the world.”
The Green New Deal was developed by progressive leaders but is being pushed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).