The Green New Deal has politicians buzzing. All of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls have signaled their support for the concept, which is seen by many as a more of a wish-list than a practical proposal. And some of the more abstract details in the document have gotten politicians from both parties taking jabs at each other.
Cory Booker and Liz Cheney are two who have taken their feud public. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is a vegetarian. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is not. She represents many ranchers in Wyoming.
So when Booker spoke about his perception that the planet can’t support meat eaters, Cheney was quick to respond.
“Hey @CoryBooker I support PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals. @BeefUSA #WyomingBeefCountry,” she Tweeted.
Her response came after Booker spoke to VegNews.
“While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets,” VegNews writes. “Booker says Americans need to be nudged into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the ‘environmental impact’ of the food industry. ‘You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,’ Booker said. ‘We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry’.”
“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” Booker added. “It’s just not possible.”
“The numbers just don’t add up,” he continued. “We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment.”
This idea is present in The Green New Deal. Booker, explaining the proposal in a press release, said this:
“Climate change is a pressing and serious environmental and economic crisis that threatens the way of life for our kids and grand-kids. This challenge must be met with a commitment from the federal government that is commensurate with the level of commitment we saw in this country during the original New Deal.”
“And that’s exactly the type of determination this proposal brings. Communities of color, low income communities, indigenous communities and our family farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and I’m particularly encouraged that this blueprint addresses climate change in a way that promotes both economic and environmental justice.”