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2/7/2019

The Green New Deal Leaves One Speechless…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 3:27 pm

[guest post by Dana]

The Green New Deal was introduced today by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey. It’s about what you would expect from Democrats intent on countering climate change by a “massive transformation of our society.” Included in the released overview:

The Green New Deal resolution a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for all.

It will:
 Move America to 100% clean and renewable energy
 Create millions of family supporting-wage, union jobs
 Ensure a just transition for all communities and workers to ensure economic security for people and communities that have historically relied on fossil fuel industries
 Ensure justice and equity for frontline communities by prioritizing investment, training, climate and community resiliency, economic and environmental benefits in these communities.
 Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
 A job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security
 High-quality education, including higher education and trade schools
 Clean air and water and access to nature
 Healthy food
 High-quality health care
 Safe, affordable, adequate housing
 Economic environment free of monopolies
Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work

From the Q&A portion:

Why 100% clean and renewable and not just 100% renewable? Are you saying we won’t transition off fossil fuels?

Yes, we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it – this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible. We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.

You get the idea and I just can’t even.

Perhaps David Harsanyi describes the utter infeasibility of the plan best:

It is not hyperbole to contend that GND is likely the most ridiculous and un-American plan that’s ever been presented by an elected official to voters. Not merely because it would necessitate a communist strongman to institute, but also because the societal cost are unfathomable. The risible historic analogies Markey and Ocasio-Cortez rely on, the building of the interstate highway system or moon landing, are nothing but trifling projects compared to a plan overhauls modernity by voluntarily destroying massive amounts of wealth and technology. That is the GND.

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The GND uses the word “massive” to explain the size “investments” (formerly known as “taxes”) 13 times. How will we pay for this plan? “The same way we did the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailouts and extend quantitative easing,” say Markey and Cortez, who earned her degree in economics at an institution of higher learning that should be immediately decertified. The plan itself seems to insinuate that billionaires can pay for the whole thing. Of course, best case scenario, it is estimated that instituting a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent would raise a little more than $700 billion over that decade. She does not explain how we’re going to raise the other 20 bazillion dollars it will cost to deconstruct modernity.

A surprising reaction to the plan came from Nancy Pelosi , who amusingly derided it:

Progressives had demanded a special climate panel tasked specifically with drafting legislation to end the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels in just over a decade and transform the economy.

The California Democrat did agree to launch a select committee on climate change, similar to the one she created back in 2007, when she first became speaker. Pelosi said Wednesday, however, the panel would not be tasked with writing a specific bill, and brushed off the idea of the Green New Deal as a “suggestion.”

“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi said. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”

(Which is sort of funny coming from Pelosi, considering her “You have to vote for the bill to know what’s in it” comment to concerned Americans…)

It’s interesting to watch Pelosi take Ocasio-Cortez in hand. It’s a fine balancing act for Pelosi. She knows the major influence and impact Ocasio-Cortez has on her progressive supporters and more than 2.8 million Twitter followers, yet at the same time, Pelosi needs to remind the freshman congresswoman that she is the boss. One thing about Pelosi, her knifings always hit the mark. Given that Ocasio-Cortez was notably left off Pelosi’s climate change committee, I think Pelosi’s messaging to the young upstart is loud and clear.

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–Dana

2 Comments »

  1. Republicans need to start running ads NOW on this. Americans will not take kindly to AOC and Harris 2020® telling them they need to give up their cars, spend more on everything, and cut their power consumption while putting up with increased brown and black outs all for the greater progressive good. This issue is tailored made for Trump’s reelection.

    Comment by Sean — 2/7/2019 @ 7:38 pm

  2. It’s the guaranteed economic security for all who are unwilling to work that will set teeth on edge, I think.

    Comment by Dana — 2/7/2019 @ 9:17 pm

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