- - Thursday, April 11, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, along with Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a resolution earlier this year commonly known as the “Green New Deal.” It was unveiled with great fanfare in front of the U.S. Capitol and garnered immediate support from more than 40 House members and from several leading Democrat presidential candidates.

It is already proving to be a winning concept.

The Green New Deal is promoted as a four-part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the new deal programs that helped America out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal promises to provide similar relief now.

The problem with that inspiration of course is that there isn’t currently a crisis from which to dig out of. Unlike the Great Depression when the stock market collapsed, Wall Street is currently trading at historic highs. Whereas the economy of 1932 was shrinking by 12.9%, the Trump tax cuts helped fuel healthy growth of 2.9% in 2018. Unemployment rates skyrocketed in the 1930s to 24.9%. In 2019 we are enjoying historically low unemployment rates. The “crisis” that the Green New Deal was created to save us from doesn’t actually exist.

The Green New Deal also promises to create millions of new jobs at government expense despite the fact there are currently more jobs available in the US than there are people looking for them. It seems ironic that the same politician who chased Amazon’s 25,000 new $150k jobs out of New York and cheered about it is now proposing the government spend your tax dollars to create new jobs.



The Green New Deal moniker leads many to assume it is an environmentally based proposal but it goes well beyond mother nature. The proposal would provide free health care for all, free college for all and one might assume, free ice cream for all. Sadly, the government would have the authority to declare the flavor of free ice cream at any given time as tuna.

The so-called deal proposes upgrading or replacing every building in America to more “green” standards. Primary sponsor AOC has suggested full implementation of the plan will render moot the need for airplanes. The fact sheet published to support the Green New Deal called for getting rid of cows because the cows’ flatulence contributes to carbon emissions.

Prominent Democrats and liberal pundits were critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate floor for a vote. Even its primary sponsor Senator Markey cried foul that his own resolution would get a thumbs up or thumbs down vote. If the proposal is a serious idea, why would Markey not want it voted on?

The measure has been publicly supported by at least six senators with their eyes on the White House including Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Kamala Harris (CA), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT) and Amy Klobuchar (MN). Despite these proclamations of support, it received zero votes in the Senate. 57 Senators took the opportunity to cast their vote to stop the Green New Deal. Zero Senators voted to support it. 43 Senators, including all six mentioned above voted “Present” so as to avoid making any position official on the public record.

If the proposal had zero votes, is based on a non-existent crisis and pushes socialist concepts how can it possibly be considered to be winning? Simply stated…because it is. Allow me to explain.

When wise home sellers first list their home for sale, they seldom expect to get their full asking price. Instead, they start asking a higher figure understanding they’ll have to settle for something less than where they started. Sometimes by asking for far more than they expect to actually be offered, the final price, while not being what they asked for, ends up being maximized.

The same is happening with the Green New Deal. While they obviously don’t expect the Green New Deal to be implemented, climate activists have effectively softened the resolve of conservatives over the years by relentlessly insisting that global warming is settled science. Alarmists have repeated the mantra that 97% of climate scientists agree so often and for so long that people actually believe it. 97% percent of what group? Agree on what? Oh heavens, don’t get bogged down with those petty details. Toss in the fact that the intellectual elite shame and mock anyone who doesn’t simply accept that the science is settled, regardless of those same elite not being able to explain any such science and some Republicans are now waving the white flag of surrender.

The GOP has traditionally thought that the government had little or no role in dealing with the theory of global warming. Spending tax dollars on policies that have no measurable impact on world temperatures made no sense. But after years of taking a beating from liberal media for it and seeing some recent polls that indicate the coveted youth vote believes climate change is real and we need to act now to save the world, Republicans are suddenly rushing to embrace the so-called settled science.

In an interview on Fox News this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that climate change is real and that government should address it through technology. House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Republican leader John Shimkus (IL) is calling for “smart and pragmatic” action on climate change. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Two Florida Representatives, Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney have proposed what they are calling The Green Real Deal. At its unveiling Mr. Gaetz was quoted as saying “The science of global warming is irrefutable” and that “history will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change.” This self-proclaimed conservative is now shaming anyone who doesn’t believe what he believes.

Conservative groups are taking notice and they aren’t happy. Freedom Works issued a press release saying Mr. Gaetz’s Green Real Deal is a “sad example of Republicans thinking they’re conservatives by being slightly to the right of the far left.”

The Green New Deal is winning. It’s winning by setting the price on global warming so high that Republicans now think they’re being clever by pushing fixes that are only somewhat less outrageous.

Generic polls may indicate the American public wants to address climate change, but what if those same polls asked the following questions:

Do you support the government taking more of your money?

Do you support government taking control of private businesses?

Do you want to get rid of all airplane travel?

Are you willing to give up red meat forever?

Do you want new taxes over and above what you currently pay?

Do you want to spend your money on plans that are acknowledged would have no measurable impact on world temperatures?

I suspect the answers to the poll questions above would overwhelmingly be NO. Don’t tell congressional Republicans that though. They are too busy embracing Green Deal Lite and thinking they’re getting a bargain.

The absurd Green New Deal resolution won’t pass as written, but make no mistake, it is winning. It has moved the goal post so far left that Republicans have given up on common sense and instead are embracing unproven theories, adjusted temperature statistics and expenditures that will have no measurable impact on the climate whatsoever, all while thinking they are being reasonable and rationale.

Chalk one up for the far left.

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