Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday blamed the United States and American lifestyles as being responsible for climate changes that cause flooding in other countries.
“When you see flooding happening in a country abroad and you are urgently raising money for these lives to be saved, you don’t think about, ‘How have I contributed to the climate warming that has led to these floodings and these catastrophes that are taking place abroad?'” Omar said at a Democracy Now! and Rising Majority event.
Omar made a similar observation earlier this month in warning that inaction on climate change will eventually lead to the loss of all life on Earth.
“Inaction on climate change,” Omar tweeted, “won’t just be costly in dollars — it will cost us our planet.”
In Friday’s remarks, the Somali-born Omar — a frequent critic of American and especially the Trump administration — blamed the U.S. for causing problems in other parts of the world that cause refugees to flee.
“When you see a Somali refugee or an Iraqi refugee or a Libyan refugee, we often are like, ‘This is my neighbor — they must have survived some struggle.’ We don’t ever pause to think, ‘What American policy made them come over here?'” she added.
The first-term lawmaker has also called for a complete overhaul of American foreign policy, the Washington Examiner reported.
“When I think about foreign policy, we need something equivalent to the ‘Green New Deal,’” Omar said last year.
“It’s important for me to think about what an overhaul of our foreign policy should look like from the standpoint of really thinking how it impacts those around the world and where our values intersect with what’s happening.”