‘Green dream or whatever’: AOC leads Democrat push for US economic revolution
Congressional Democrats have proposed a ‘Green New Deal’ plan that aims to completely transform America’s economy and society within 10 years to combat climate change and create social justice. Critics were nonplussed.
The ambitious proposal, presented on Thursday by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), lays out a plan to “mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2” to achieve “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” while creating “economic prosperity for all.”
The #GreenNewDeal calls for mass job creation through:✅ Building resilience against climate-related disasters ✅ Repairing infrastructure ✅ Meeting 100% of our power demand through zero-emission sources✅ Upgrading every building in America✅ Removing greenhouse gases— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) February 7, 2019
“This is a massive transformation of our society,” the materials explaining the proposed congressional resolution said. The Green New Deal (GND) wants to transition the US to “100% clean and renewable energy” while guaranteeing jobs with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security and free higher education, healthy food, healthcare, “adequate housing,” and economic security “for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” among other things.
Though spearheaded by Ocasio-Cortez, the plan has already been endorsed by at least 60 Democrats in the House and by nine senators, the Washington Post reported, citing congressional Democrat aides. This includes five senators who have declared 2020 presidential ambitions.
SCOOP: @AOC & @SenMarkey's "Green New Deal" plan heads for watershed moment, w/ 5 Sens. running for pres. -- Harris; Booker; Gillibrand; Sanders; Warren -- cosponsoring resolution+20 House Ds also on boardCritics say AOC cant build consensus, but this looks like a big rollout— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) February 7, 2019
The proposal has also received vocal support from major environmentalist and activist groups such as the Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club, Latino Victory Fund, Justice Democrats and from billionaire funder of the “Need to impeach” campaign Tom Steyer.
The #GreenNewDeal Resolution from @AOC+@SenMarkey has launched with an INCREDIBLE slate of co-sponsors in the House and Senate: check it out!If your Rep isn't on here, sign this petition to ask them to support it: https://t.co/t30NOqVnFP(Graphic by @justicedems!) pic.twitter.com/JLQF7DkeUf— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) February 7, 2019
The Sunrise Movement has even said that its members will storm the offices of members of Congress who fail to support the resolution by February 26, according to Reuters.
How much will this complete transformation of US society and economy cost? It doesn’t matter, according to Stephanie Kelton, a professor at Stony Brook University and former chief economist for Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee.
Q: Can we afford a #GreenNewDeal?A: Yes. The federal government can afford to buy whatever is for sale in its own currency.— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) February 7, 2019
Conservatives were quick to mock the proposal, with pundit Allie Beth Stuckey comparing it to the “Fyre Festival” fiasco.
The Green New Deal is the Fyre Festival of legislative proposals. Everyone spends all their money on what's promised to be an amazing destination only to get there and find yourself sleeping in a tent and selling your soul for a bottle of Evian.— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) February 7, 2019
Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire reached for Communism jokes right away:
*Red pic.twitter.com/auxCSH46eX— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 7, 2019
As did the Christian satire site Babylon Bee:
Green New Deal Promises Energy-Efficient Gulags In Every Neighborhoodhttps://t.co/uJmbrI0wlbpic.twitter.com/ESUu6aCfp3— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) February 7, 2019
“The Green New Deal seems a lot more like a Green Leap Forward,” quipped journalist Jack Posobiec, referring to China’s 1958-62 policy of rapid industrialization and collectivization – and the resulting famine that claimed between 18 and 55 million lives, depending on estimates.
Posobiec also pointed out the un-ironic line in the proposal about getting rid of “farting cows and airplanes”:
Here is the 1st bullet point in the #GreenNewDeal fact sheet FAQ"We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 yearsbecause we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows andairplanes that fast" pic.twitter.com/QsfJhnN3M4— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 7, 2019
Ben Domenech of the Federalist actually wrote a list of ten “most insane” points from the GND, including the elimination of all internal combustion engines, including cars and airplanes (“Good luck Hawaii!”), and refurbishing every single building in the US.
"That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess.— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) February 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein endorsed the proposal’s goals but noted that it was lifted wholesale from their 2012 platform.
Where'd Green New Deal come from? It was the heart of our 2012 campaign, but give credit to @GreenPartyUS cofounder @HowieHawkins who ran for NY Gov on #GreenNewDeal in 2010. Let's create millions of jobs, fight climate crisis & make wars for oil obsolete! https://t.co/HVsipGK90f— Dr. Jill Stein🌻 (@DrJillStein) February 7, 2019
Asked about the proposal on Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) couldn’t even name it, let alone endorse it.
“The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?” she told reporters.
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