The ‘Green New Deal,’ an ambitious package of environmental ideas proposed Thursday by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is a House resolution just 14 pages in length that suggests a framework for future policy.
Included in its wish-list are a transition to 100 per cent electric cars and replacing all airplane travel with high-speed trains.
‘That would be pretty hard for Hawaii,’ Sen. Mazie Hirono, from the Aloha State, said Thursday.
The Obamacare law was 2,300 pages long when Congress passed it in 2010. Thursday’s effort, although already backed by 60 House Democrats, would be non-binding if it passes.
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) of New York and Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts unveiled their ‘Green New Deal’ resolution on Thursday, calling for massive public investment in wind and solar production, zero-emission vehicles and high-speed rail, energy-efficient buildings, and smart power grids
Ocasio-Cortez has become the darling of the Democratic Party’s socialist wing
The Green New Deal calls for eliminating ‘farting cows’ – meaning all of them
Markey’s office released six pages of bullet-points describing 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 and create economic prosperity for all.’
The details sparked as many questions as answers on Thursday.
Markey’s checklist is a kitchen-sink collection of liberal priorities including guarantees of ‘healthy food’; ‘high-quality health care’; safe, affordable, adequate housing’; ‘high-quality education’; and ‘economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.’
A Republican Senate aide told DailyMail.com Thursday afternoon of that proposal: ‘This is a great prescription for making sure a large majority of people become unwilling to work. Great job, Einstein.’
Markey and Ocasio-Cortez wrote that they ‘are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases.’
They acknowledge the difficulty with achieving a ‘zero emissions’ society in just 10 years, ‘because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.’
All cows emit methane in their flatulence; ‘getting rid of farting cows’ suggests geting rid of all beef.
The Green New Deal aims to phase out airplane travel, which made Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (right) skeptical
The Green New Deal calls for massive investment in high-speed rail, which produces less greenhouse emissions than airplane travel
The Green New Deal’s prescriptions include a new ‘smart’ power grid fueled with energy from renewable sources; that excludes both coal burning and nuclear
The plan’s proponents are not, however, interested in expanding the use of nuclear power plants in order to offset fossil fuels. Instead, they aim to dismantle the existing plants.
‘It’s unclear if we will be able to decommission every nuclear plant within 10 years, but the plan is to transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible,’ they write.
The package includes $4.6 trillion in new government spending on infrastructure projects aiming ‘to remove greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from every sector of our economy.’
Democrats want ‘a sustainable, pollution and greenhouse gas free, food system,’ new power grids and a program to ‘upgrade or replace every building in [the] US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.’
They claim their plan would ‘remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing,’ but offer few details.
These six pages are the talking points for rolling out the ‘Green New Deal’
Similarly, the blueprint calls for ‘a sustainable, pollution and greenhouse gas free, food system’ that ‘expands independent family farming.’ It doesn’t explain how much additional land would be needed for an expansion of less-intensive agriculture.
The plan, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissively called the ‘green new dream’ on Thursday morning, calls for ‘massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing.’
‘Nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?’ Pellosi told Politico.
Pelosi named 14 members to a new House climate change panel on Thursday. The eight Democrats and six Republicans do not include Ocasio-Cortez.
Were it to become a serious endeavor, policymakers would have to find money to ‘build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with [a] goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.’
Advocates would ‘[r]estore all our damaged and threatened ecosystems’ and ‘clean up all the existing hazardous waste sites and abandoned sites.’
Markey and Ocasio-Cortez say they aren’t ruling out a ‘carbon tax,’ but claim it would be just ‘a tiny part’ of an economic transformation.
And Republicans who worry about how to pay for it, they write, should rest easy: It will be covered ‘[t]he same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars.’
That would involve the creation of new lines of credit in banks that don’t yet exist, likely devaluing America’s currency abroad.
‘The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit,’ they write.