A Fox News reporter got more than he bargained for when he asked a young man at a blue-collar diner in Missouri if he supported the Green New Deal and wanted 2020 presidential candidates to address the issue of climate change.
While visiting the Corner Cafe in Riverside, Missouri, Fox correspondent Todd Piro asked a man identified as Jack if he thought climate change was a big deal. The man responded:
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“It’s really important that we keep below two degrees Celsius of average warming, otherwise the consequences are going to be devastating.”
Piro then inquired:
“How do we pay for it?”
Jack was ready for the question, replying:
“How did we pay for World War II? At the end of the day when something is this important, our economy is going to suffer if we don’t pay for it.”
The Fox reporter then asked Jack if he really thought climate change was “as big of a deal” as World War II. Again, the young man refused to back down:
“Yeah. I mean, a little over 400,000 Americans died in World War II, and climate change is killing 150,000 people per year at least.”
That led Piro to ask yet again:
“How are we going to pay for it?”
The young man informed Piro:
“During World War II, for one thing, the government pushed some of the cash up front, and raised some tax on some folks. At the end of the day, it stimulated the economy so much that everyone benefited.”
A clearly stunned Piro could only manage this follow-up query:
“You are in favor of raising taxes in order to support the Green New Deal?”
The young Missourian responded:
“If that’s the optimal solution the economists sort out, I will go with that.”
The right-wingers in the GOP and at Fox News think they have a winning issue by suggesting that the Green New Deal will cost too much and isn’t supported by most Americans. But they’re finding out that millions of voters do indeed see the danger and want to do something about the threat. The issue could wind up being one that helps Democrats retake the Senate and White House in 2020.
Fox’s Todd Piro seems genuinely confused by a diner guest supporting higher taxes to fund the Green New Deal and fight climate change. pic.twitter.com/aX38cGpwMO
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 4, 2019
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