- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2019

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he only supports “parts of” the Green New Deal put forth by left-wing Democrats to combat climate change, saying he agrees with some moderates who argue the proposal is too ambitious.

Mr. McAuliffe was asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough whether he supports the Green New Deal, a non-binding resolution aimed at transitioning the country completely off fossil fuels within 10 years.

“There are parts of it I certainly do [support],” Mr. McAuliffe said on “Morning “Joe.”

Mr. Scarborough asked the Democrat whether he would have signed the resolution like Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

“I’m not saying I would,” Mr. McAuliffe answered. “I don’t vote in the Senate, so it’s not up to me. It’s climate change, it is a real issue. This is important to the millennials, as it should be.”

Mr. Scarborough then cited The Washington Post’s editorial board, who argued Monday that the goals set forth in the Green New Deal are “impossible.”

“We favor a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable,” the editorial board wrote. “The Green New Deal proposed by congressional Democrats does not meet that test.”

Mr. Scarborough asked Mr. McAuliffe whether he agreed with The Post’s analysis.

“Sure, I would. There are things in it that are great goals but are unrealistic,” the former governor responded.

“I come from a place — there are some great aspirational goals,” he said. “Climate change is real, we need to be very concerned. I took action as governor, record amounts in renewable energy. I’d like to talk about things we can actually get done and things that we have actually done. That’s the difference. All these litmus tests, of this and that. Listen, voters want someone who actually has big, bold ideas, who is going to come in with a gigantic infrastructure plan.”

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