Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her friends in the radical wing of the Democratic party finally unveiled their green new deal.
It is a debacle – a naive effort at staying politically relevant devoid of any real plans as to how this radical transformation of darn near the entire economy would work.
But off the leading Dem candidates to run against Trump in 2020 charged to line up behind it. To be clear this is what it does.
From NPR: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., think they have a start to a solution. Thursday they are introducing a framework defining what they call a “Green New Deal” — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions.
That’s a really big — potentially impossibly big — undertaking.
“Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview airing Thursday on Morning Edition.
The bill calls for a “10-year national mobilizations” toward accomplishing a series of goals that the resolution lays out.
Among the most prominent, the deal calls for “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, Ocasio-Cortez’s office told NPR, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.
In addition, the framework, as described in the legislation as well as a blog post and “FAQs” from Ocasio-Cortez’s office, calls for a variety of other lofty goals:
“Upgrading all existing buildings” in the country for energy efficiency;
Working with farmers “to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions… as much as is technologically feasible” (while supporting family farms and promoting “universal access to healthy food”);
“Overhauling transportation systems” to reduce emissions — including expanding electric car manufacturing, building “charging stations everywhere,” and expanding high-speed rail to “a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary”;
A guaranteed job “with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” for every American;
“High-quality health care” for all Americans.
Which is to say: the Green New Deal framework combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy.
Enter Lindsey Graham.
The South Carolina Senator called her bluff and wants Congress to vote on her new “Green New Deal.”
“Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!” Graham…Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change.”
Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!
Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change. https://t.co/VKTIyfnDCY
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 8, 2019