Imagine this: an old white guy is elected President, with AOC as his running mate. The old guy can no longer do the job, perhaps perishes, and AOC becomes President. She immediately sounds the alarm: the threat from climate change, the destruction of the earth, is imminent. She shows the models and presents the science. The media shouts "armageddon" day after after day, incessantly, with a parade of experts who agree.
AOC says that we knew this was coming and yet we did not prepare. That we had ten years, but now there is no time left. The public is whipped into fear and mass hysteria. AOC declares a national emergency and a "War on Climate Change" and the people acquiesce. She orders temporary measures to cut the use of carbon-based fuel: shuts down oil production; shuts down cruise ships; restricts airline flights; orders people not to drive unless it is essential; and shuts down all frivolous activities.