"The Five," coauthor of Jesse Watters, had some harsh words for Beto O & # 39; Rourke in 2020 after the former Texas representative proposed a climate change plan of $ 5 trillion alongside the claim that the United States had only 10 years to solve the problem.
"If someone calls you and says you're going to die in ten years, unless you give me all your money, that's a scam," Watters said. "He's a scammer, and everyone knows that."
O & # 39; Rourke affirmed his controversial 10-year forecast while appearing on MSNBC on Monday. He told presenter Chris Hayes that he intended to achieve net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.
During this appearance, he indicated that he would have to become an opponent of the interests of the oil and gas industries. "We know that certain oil and gas corporations have fought public policy on this issue by hiding their own science and research at the expense of our climate and human life," he said.
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"So whenever these two things arise in contrast or opposition, I always choose the people of this country." O & # 39; Rourke also said he wanted people in the fossil fuel industry to act as partners to achieve their goal.
Watters refused, calling O & # 39; Rourke's "arrogant."
"You have a $ 21 trillion US economy, the fossil fuel industry manages that economy, created all that wealth, revolutionized transportation, communications, industry, got people out of poverty," Watters said.
"Beto, who did nothing but lose to [Sen.] Ted Cruz, [R-Texas]Come on and tell me I'm going to make $ 5 trillion and I'm going to revert everything and change everything. He's not Einstein, he's not Carnegie. Where does he come out thinking he's going to stop human progress? "Watters asked.
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He went on to speculate that O & # 39; Rourke boosted his climate plan because he felt "guilty" of the success of the US economy because "he and other liberals did not have enough participation in it."
The O & # 39; Rourke program was an ambitious endeavor similar to that of the New Deal, by Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., which many considered overpriced and unrealistic. When Ocasio-Cortez responded to O & # 39; Rourke's plan, she said he did not have a sufficiently aggressive timeline.