Far left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed her “Green New Deal” on Thursday and it’s causing quite a reaction. Far from making suggestions on how to improve the environment, it is basically an attempt to remake the American economy in a progressive image.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Ocasio-Cortez unveils her ‘Green New Deal’
The resolution contains several goals that can’t be turned into actual programs since it is nonbinding, and thus serves as a messaging document more than a policy proposal. NPR posted the resolution online Thursday.
It calls for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2030, but in a subtle shift that could expand support to centrist Democrats, it also allows for noncarbon-emitting energy sources that aren’t wind and solar power to reach the goal. Progressives had originally promised 100 percent renewable energy and banning fossil fuels.
It urges the elimination of carbon emissions for all the major sectors of the economy — electricity, manufacturing, buildings, transportation, and even agriculture — all while ensuring a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”
The resolution proposes massive public investments in clean energy infrastructure on things such as light rail and weatherized buildings.
The plan calls for the availability of a job to anybody who wants one, making every residential and industrial building more energy efficient, and building a national “smart” grid to better incorporate wind and solar power. It also calls for universal healthcare.
Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal said she was laughing so hard after reading the plan she almost cried:
1) By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful. #GreenNewDeal
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) February 7, 2019
Some people are suggesting that this is really about providing Democrats with a guide for running in 2020. If that’s true, it will only help Trump.