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Even Leftists Turn On Hypocrite Robert Francis O'Rourke

Jeff Katz
June 17, 2019 - 1:01 pm

It's not often you see a liberal get pushback during an interview with a liberal news outlet, but that's exactly what happened when Robert Francis O'Rourke was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition by anchor Steve Inskeep.

Inskeep asked about O'Rourke's climate change policy, and the failed Texas Senatorial candidate explained what exactly people would have to give up as a part of it:

STEVE INSKEEP: You've compared the challenges of now to the Greatest Generation challenges of the Depression and World War II, which was a time of sacrifice.

BETO O'ROURKE: Absolutely.

INSKEEP: When you talk to scientists about what would be necessary to get to zero carbon emissions, they often talk about people having to change their daily behaviors. Drive an electric car. That's not such a bad change. Live in a smaller house. People might feel uncomfortable with that. Have fewer children. Eat less meat. Are you not going to demand any sacrifice from anyone in order to get to zero carbon emissions?

O'ROURKE: Yeah. We're going to have to make an investment as a country. It is not going to necessarily be easy. Here's our generation's opportunity to meet a true existential threat of this moment. And I'm confident that that's going to bring out the absolute best in us -- nothing to be afraid of, something to meet head on and to overcome and to do it together.

O'Rourke even went so far as to say that big oil -- his home state's major industry -- is old news and that Texas would have to move on to something else. 

Inskeep then pressed him again on what people would have to sacrifice:

INSKEEP: Are you not going to tell anyone in America, you just need to live in a little smaller house? It needs to be closer to work. And therefore, it's going to have to be smaller. You might want to think about having your third kid.

O'ROURKE: As president, I'm not going to tell you what kind of home that you live in or what you're going to have for dinner, but I hope to inspire you to do everything within your power to meet the greatest challenge that we have ever faced with the knowledge that if we fail to do that, to make every use of American innovation and service and, yes, sacrifice over the next 10 years, then the fires and the storms and the floods and the droughts that we see right now will pale in comparison to what our kids and grandkids experience.

Listen to the full interview here: