"What have they done with the cows?"— Trump questions Green New Deal in Texas speech

The President of the United States has re-visited claims that the Democrats want to get rid of cows as part of their strategy to tackle global warming.

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Donald Trump was talking at a Texas oil rig about energy when he questioned what the Green New Deal, proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019, would mean for cows.

The Republican President faced criticism for speaking at the event yesterday without wearing a mask and a lack of social distancing being in place, despite a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

He said:

I don’t know — I haven’t checked recently: What have they done with cows?  Remember, there were going to be no more cows and no more cattle.  I think they might have left that one off the manifesto, but it’ll be back.
Their platform calls for mandating zero-carbon emissions from power plants by 2035.  In other words, no drilling, no fracking, no coal, no shale, no gas, no oil; otherwise, they’ve been very good to the industry, I think.

The President has referenced cows being eradicated previously when discussing the Democrats environmental policy, he posted a Tweet about it in February 2019 :

In fact Republican Senator and former Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz even said he expected PETA to support the GOP because the Democrats' environmental plans were set to "kill all the cows."

The cows don't have to worry

While Donald Trump may have made the comments tongue in cheek, stories about the Green New Deal meaning the elimination of cows, but the deal itself doesn't make reference to cows at all. In fact this stems from a Frequently Asked Questions release that joked that they were aiming for net-zero emissions rather than none at all because "we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast."

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, told the Associated Press that the statement was meant as an ironic quip.

The joke, likely in reference to the fact that animal agriculture, particularly beef production, has a huge impact on the environment.

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