Dianne Feinstein Snaps At Group Of Environmental Activist Children

Update: Not directly addressing Feinstein, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday: "

If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis.

Until then, we’re in charge - and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats."

Hours after the encounter with the children, Feinstein released a less ambitious alternative to the Green New Deal, which would eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 


A highly-edited video making the rounds shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) lecturing a group of climate activist children on Friday, after she was asked to support the Green New Deal championed by the DNC's "new hotness," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). 

Armed with an impassioned letter and memorized talking points, the children belonging to three Bay Area environmentalist groups (Sunrise Bay Area, Youth Versus the Apocalypse, and Earth Guardians San Francisco) implored Feinstein to support the Green New Deal. 

The Senator responded: "Ok, I'll tell you what. We have our own Green New Deal.

The video skips forward to the children warning Feinstein that "some scientists have said that we have 12 years to turn this around" - referring to a conclusion by a recent UN-backed report that man-made climate change will become irreversible if carbon emissions are not significantly reduced over the next 12 years (which Ocasio-Cortez turned into "the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change").

"It's not gonna get turned around in 10 years," responded Feinstein - drawing a harsh rebuke from an angry chaperone. 

"Senator if this doesn't get turned around in 10 years you're looking at the faces of the people who are going to be living with these consequences," said the adult - as one of the children chimed in "the government is supposed to be for the people and by the people and for all the people!

Feinstein was not amused. 

I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing. You come in here and you say "it has to be my way or the highway." 

"I don't respond to that," shot back Feinstein. 

"I've gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality. And, I know what I'm doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit. -Dianne Feinstein

One kid shot back "I hear what you're saying but we're the people who voted you. You're supposed to listen to us, that's your job." 

"How old are you?" challenged Feinstein.

"I'm 16. I can't vote," said the girl. 

"Well you didn't vote for me," replied the Senator.


One can hardly blame Feinstein for her annoyance at a pack of children forcing her to support the Green New Deal at camerapoint, as the senior Democrat appeared to win by a nose in the court of public opinion.

She probably didn't score too many points with younger Democrats, however. 

The full version of the video reveals that it was actually a mostly cordial visit. 

Perhaps the most on-point reaction comes from The Hill's Buck Sexton: