The Democratic candidate for the House seat in New York said that the US’s efforts to tackle climate change should employ a similar “blueprint” of industrialisation that it used against Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
She said: “So we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War Two.
“And so we’ve been here before and we have a blueprint of doing this before.”
She added that by putting more people to work and by “mobilising” and “industrialising” the economy, it would help to further combat the effects of climate change.
She said: “What we did was we chose to mobilise our entire economy and industrialise our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country.
“We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.”
Ms Ocasio-Cortez made headlines in May when she defeated incumbent Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination for New York’s 14th Congressional District.
She has campaigned on multiple occasions with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders this year.
Last Thursday, she refused to endorse Mr Sanders’ potential run for the presidency in 2020.
Mr Sanders did not endorse Ms Ocasio-Cortez during her campaign against Mr Crowley despite her having worked on Mr Sanders’ 2016 campaign.
Many other big names in the Democratic party also refused to endorse her during the run-off against Mr Crowley.
Former President Barack Obama left her name off a list of 81 candidates that he endorsed.
However, in an expanded version of his list, Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s name does appear.
The Democratic candidate is campaigning on a platform that would see Medicare expanded for everyone, housing as a human right, stricter gun control and reforms to the criminal justice system.
She has also called for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to be abolished.
She will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress should she defeat Anthony Pappas during the midterm elections in November.
Source : EXPRESS