The Green New Deal

Introduction by The Editor:

The Democratic Party is rapidly moving further to the political left, and adjectives like socialist, once derogatory, are no longer being avoided.  Some of the candidates who are being enthusiastically promoted by the party are indistinguishable from communists.  For years, the Democratic Party platform has been completely out of sync with the American mainstream, even though it has the reliable support of the national news media.  But some of the newcomers have ideas that are really odious.

One symptom of this is the introduction of the risible "Green New Deal," which is an amalgamation of pie-in-the-sky utopian fantasies, none of which will ever be implemented in any country in the world.  Yet the left-wing extremists among the Socialist Democrats are openly in favor of adopting it as part of their platform.

(The poster child for this lunacy is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly-elected U.S. Representative from New York.  She had already begun to build a reputation as an airhead before the "Green New Deal" hit the internet in the first week of February, 2019.  Now, her enthusiastic support of this flimflam will allow all of us to dismiss any ideas she has in the future.  Her understanding of the way the real world works is so badly flawed, it makes one wonder how she could graduate from college with such an inadequate education.)

The way things are in the real world isn't perfect by any means, with the military-industrial complex, the Establishment, and the Deep State pulling all the strings in Washington DC, but we can learn to live with it.  Conversely, if any part of the Green New Deal were to be implemented, the U.S. economy would soon collapse.

Moreover, the whole point of the Green New Deal is the elimination of carbon dioxide emissions, under the mistaken notion that CO2 is a pollutant, which it is not, and that global warming is going to reach a thermal runaway state (any day now!) and quickly destroy all of civilization.  These ideas are peddled in the public schools, in an effort to get tomorrow's voters to expand and strengthen the already-overgrown federal government.  Global warming hysteria is based entirely on flawed computer models, dishonest record keeping, and inaccurate measurements.  The biased and incompetent news media spread disinformation continually, because there is a lot of money and political power at stake.

The long list of ways to reduce CO2 emissions (embedded in the Green New Deal) is ridiculous, especially when you consider that every other country in the world will be using coal and petroleum and natural gas like they always have.  The communists in the Democratic Party may eliminate internal combustion engines and air travel and coal consumption, but no other country in the world is going to follow suit.  And no harebrained scheme will stop the emission of carbon dioxide from volcanos, termites, swamps, and the other seven billion people on this planet.

The Green New Deal is a solution for which we do not have a problem.

Subsections on this page:
The Green New Deal
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself

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The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal Is Based on Lies About Budgets, Green Energy, and Climate Science.  Contrary to the breathless pronouncements by globalists, elitists, and climate hysterics, we don't have a "climate crisis."  What plagues us, rather, is a crisis of lying about climate, science, and big government solutions to these imagined problems.  [Advertisement]  Those who would control your life, tax you into oblivion, and expand the role of government have built their theories on junk science and bad public policy.  Instead of blowing trillions of dollars on projects that sound good but don't accomplish anything, we should get government out of the way so people all over the world can lift themselves out of poverty.  [Advertisement]  In my latest exposé at Restoration News, I go into painstaking detail to show how climate radicalism has its basis in junk science.  The adherence to this junk science, despite no direct evidence to support the claims of impending doom, more resemble a cult than a scientific pursuit.  The lies run so deep, I believe the science has morphed into a hybrid cult of quasi-religious fervor.

Farmers on Tractors halt EU Green New Deal!  A major European Union plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc and fight climate change was indefinitely postponed Monday, underscoring how farmers' protests sweeping the continent have had a deep influence on politics.  The deadlock on the bill, which could undermine the EU's global stature on the issue, came less than three months before the European Parliament election in June.  The member states were supposed to give final approval to the biodiversity bill on Monday following months of proceedings through the EU's institutional maze.  But what was supposed to be a mere rubber stamp has now turned into its possible perpetual shelving.

The Stinking Privilege of the Green New Deal.  A few years ago when I was building my house, [...] I followed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum template, contracted the job myself.  I wanted to build a healthy house, which meant as little chemical off-gassing as possible.  Despite my savings, which were considerable, it still cost 40 percent more than a traditional stick-frame.  The geothermal system cost $35,000 more than traditional heating and no, I have not "made back that money."  Today that cost would be north of $150,000.  We're all in this together, right?  The only reason I am not bankrupt is that where I live is so restricted as to land use, housing prices have skyrocketed.  Only the rich can afford to live here.  My property with its "improvements," which is to say my money and labor, is now worth 30 times my initial investment.  This is known as old-fashioned economics, wherein you restrict supply and prices, via demand, go up.  This too is a perfect micro-illustration of the "Green Economy" or the the "Green New Deal."  It is "green" only for the wealthy or privileged by virtue of education.  It is very, very "green" for those who profit from it.  The people who took my extra money, other than the giant suction hose of government, were mostly those demanded by "green" theology:  engineers (5), lawyers (3), surveyors (2), wildlife consultants (2), and permitting bureaucrats.  Those requirements have doubled in the intervening years.

Biden's 'America Last' Policy at Work.  A National Review article in November 2021 reported that, "Biden's approach to energy represents in microcosm his approach to the presidency in general."  There is absolutely nothing about Biden's contradictory approach to energy that makes any sense.  He wants the United States to reduce the production of fossil fuels, reduce the number of new pipelines in America, limit oil and gas drilling on federal land, and abandon the Trump administration's mission to maximize fossil fuels production.  He wants other countries, such as Venezuela, to produce more fossil fuels for American use.  He even asked the Saudis to increase production, but got snubbed.  He maintains that there actually isn't a supply issue at all, but that oil companies all got together to gouge customers, an issue that the FTC must immediately investigate.  He opposed new fracking, promised to 'make sure it's eliminated.'  He even appropriated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal."  Why did/does Biden behave in this manner?  Because he was/is trying to please the whacko far-left base of his party which is opposed to oil production because it's not 'green.'  For Biden, pleasing environmentalists means putting America Last.

Charleston's Climate Suit Is a Stalking Horse for the Green New Deal.  Charleston's climate change lawsuit is part of a nationwide effort by left wing activists to score policy wins (think Green New Deal) in the courtroom that would never prevail at the ballot box or in the halls of the conservative state legislatures.  The city's lawsuit targets energy companies for supposed complicity in Lowcountry flooding.  The scheme features liberal elites, dark money pass-throughs, and fortune-seeking trial lawyers.  These well-heeled forces are advancing an agenda Palmetto state voters would never adopt.  The alliance between trial lawyers and left-wing cities is an increasingly prevalent tool progressives are using to advance liberal policies in red states, such as Ohio, Texas, and here in South Carolina.  The outside law firm Charleston retained for its climate change case, Sher Edling LLP, is an essential player in the scheme to change America's energy policy by judicial fiat.

SEC abets latest climate cheat by Dems:  The Green New Deal is a shuck!  The latest scandal centers on Persefoni, an emissions-tracking company that counts at least three high-ranking former Securities and Exchange Commission officials as members.  Which just might have something to do with how it seemingly won huge sway in writing a new SEC rule demanding companies above a certain size must hand over their CO2 emissions data (including from their suppliers). The company, formed in 2020, is now poised to reap millions from firms flocking to purchase its services:  a software platform for comprehensively tracking CO2.  The SEC took six meetings — six! — with the for-profit company as the rule was being written.  Allison Herren Lee, appointed by President Joe Biden as acting chair of the SEC, was in charge of the public comment period around the new rule and stepped down in 2022 shortly before the rule was revealed.  Guess where she went?  Persefoni.

Executive Orders and the End of Liberty.  [Scroll down]  We are fighting for the liberties with which we were born.  The issue is no less than tyranny.  It is no coincidence that the same mayor (Michelle Wu) has been under fire for maintaining an "enemies list."  Those that would change our lives through executive order apparently have a much larger "enemies list" than the one at issue in Wu's court battles.  Wu advocates a "green new deal" for Boston and beyond.  The original program with that name would have required every building in the U.S. to be torn down or completely renovated in the name of fighting "climate change."  It should be no surprise that the ideological successors to Pol Pot and Reverend Jim Jones would pursue a policy that would displace the entire population.  The most brutal of dictators have relied on mass relocation of their people for various reasons.  As in the case of Pol Pot and Jones, those policies ended very badly.  There is no way to remove/rebuild every building in the U.S. without displacing each person that lives and works in those buildings.  We feel safe that no such policy will ever be enacted because it is so extreme.  But we must remember that the idea of a national consensus is now quaint and poses no obstacle to government initiatives.  Executives now act on their own without a legislative mandate.

Do Leftists Believe What They Claim to Believe?  While many undoubtably believe in the dangers of man's contribution to global warming, consider Christine Stewart — former Canadian environment minister — who said, "No matter if the science is all phony, there are still collateral environmental benefits. ... Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world."  So if you were to debate Christine Stewart on E.V.s or wind turbines, for example, you would not persuade her, because you would not be arguing against "social justice," which is the deeper issue.  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, admitted that the true motivation behind her Green New Deal, which proposes transitioning the U.S. economy away from all fossil fuels in ten years, is to overhaul the "entire economy."  Note that AOC didn't call the Green New Deal the "Socialist New Deal," even though the Green Party site says it is a "major step towards ending unemployment for good and a tool to fight the corporate takeover of our democracy and exploitation of the poor."

The Green New Deal is back, and it's more radical than ever.  Four years ago, socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her much-older socialist ally in the Senate, Ed Markey, D-Mass., made shockwaves by introducing a sweeping proposal for a Green New Deal.  The Green New Deal is one of the most socialistic legislative proposals ever conceived in Congress.  It would, among many other things, create massive new spending programs, eliminate "pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible," transform all U.S. manufacturing and transportation, and upgrade "all existing buildings in the United States."  The Green New Deal would also make substantial changes to America's vast agricultural industry, create a jobs guarantee, and provide all people with government-managed health care, "economic security," healthy food and "access to nature."

The Green New Deal is full of holes, with AOC leading the charge to fall into them.  [Scroll down]  China is responsible for mining and refining 85-95% of the world's REEs [rare earth elements] with a horrendous environmental record.  A reporter seeing the Baotou mines described the findings as "truly haunting." [...] Studies show rates of cancer, osteoporosis, skin and respiratory diseases are unusually high in villages near the mines, with seeping sludge lakes showing 10 times more radiation than the surrounding countryside.  Bayan Obo's sludge lake containing 70,000 tons of radioactive thorium is moving at a pace of 20-30 meters per year heading for China's Yellow River, which is a major source of drinking water.  We have only talked about one mine.  There are four of these mines in China, two in Russia, one in America, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, India, Burundi, Madagascar, Australia and Brazil.  All face the same problems.  China does the bulk of all refining for everyone.  Some people have said we need to mine the ocean for REEs, but imagine trying to contain the radioactive waste in that environment.

How Green New Dealers became Washington power players.  It was just four years ago that backers of the Green New Deal were considered outcasts in Congress.  They butted heads with Democratic leaders on climate.  Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) derided them as "perfect" and "pure."  And their sweeping plan to transform the energy sector never got a vote on the House floor.  But fast-forward to today, and many of those young outcasts have ascended to top roles in Congress.  They're wielding power on committees — some as attack dogs, others as would-be consensus builders.  And their ideas have helped shape legislation like last year's landmark climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.

AOC seizes on Canadian wildfire smoke covering East Coast for new Green New Deal push.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday promoted her Green New Deal in response to record-hot temperatures in Puerto Rico and wildfires in Canada.  Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday pushed the Green New Deal on Twitter Wednesday in reaction to record-hot temperatures in Puerto Rico and wildfire smoke from Canada overwhelming U.S. East Coast cities, saying the world is "unprepared" for the "climate crisis."  "Between NYC in wildfire smoke and this in PR, it bears repeating how unprepared we are for the climate crisis," the Democrat from New York stated Wednesday[.]

The Editor says...
Evidence exists that seems to indicate the Canadian wildfires were intentionally started in multiple locations.  This event appears to be timed for maximum political effect.  [Source]  In other words, it appears that the worst polluters in North America are the environmental activists.

The Green New Deal is a hoax being perpetrated on the gullible by the corrupt.  [A] key tactic of leftwing political activists is to take control of all public-facing entities from within in order to achieve the Left's political objectives.  Consider the progressive Left's success in infiltrating and ultimately controlling the public education system, the Boy Scouts of America, and various churches in America.  Perhaps the top political objective of the progressive Left in America is to implement the so-called "Green New Deal."  And various nongovernmental organizations, associations, and activist groups have been working feverishly for years to influence public opinion and politicians in order to implement green policies all over America.  The Green New Deal is a series of proposals to transform the economy through government action in order to address the supposed "climate crisis" that has been propagandized by leftwing academics and politicians in Europe and the US for the last several decades.

Green New Deal Appeasement Leads Nowhere.  It is frustrating to watch people who should know better, including politicians, state regulators, and even leaders of traditional energy companies, play along with the green energy transition.  Any day now, I expect a modern-day Neville Chamberlain to say that in the war on carbon, it is peace for our time.  The rationale offered is that cooperating with the Net Zero agenda will buy some time for traditional energy producers.  I understand that there is pressure concerning quarterly financial disclosures, but appeasement will only end one way.  The time is coming when your upcoming quarterly financial reports will be your last.  Efforts to go along to get along will not be enough.

The Great Green Dream is a fantasy.  Then there is the legendary energy and systems theorist Vaclav Smil.  An emeritus at the University of Manitoba and author of more than 40 books on energy, environment and industry, Smil has declared the "rapid-speed transformation narratives" in the renewables field to be so full of "magic prescriptions" that they are "the academic equivalents of science fiction. ... Heavy doses of wishful thinking are commingled with a few solid facts" ... "We are dealing with people who, despite receiving relevant education, refuse to acknowledge basic physical [and] mathematical facts," he explained.  "That a global decarbonization is impossible by 2030 or 2040 is beyond any reasonable dispute."

AOC admits 'massive' scale of Green New Deal, says climate change will be even worse.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., defended her reintroduction of the Green New Deal on Sunday, admitting the bill was "massive," but saying the threat of climate change is even greater.  Ocasio-Cortez made the comments during a Sunday interview with MSNBC host Jen Psaki.  The divisive lawmaker introduced her Green New Deal for the second time last week, arguing that it is time to "aggressively" transform the American workforce.  "You just reintroduced the Green New Deal," Psaki began.  "When you talk about big, expensive new programs, that's where you sometimes hit resistance, I think.  How do you convince those people, people who believe climate change is real, it is a crisis, but they're concerned that some of these proposed solutions are too grand?"  "It is important to acknowledge that the scale and the scope of what we are proposing is massive, but the scale and the scope of the climate crisis is even bigger," Ocasio-Cortez responded.

The Editor says...
Let me put this several different ways:  There is no climate crisis.  There is no urgency.  No action is required to deal with the gradually-changing climate.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  Any money spent on "fighting climate change" is money down the drain.

Happy Earth Day: 'Green' Energy Is Toxic, Inefficient, and Unprofitable.  First, it's literally impossible to produce the amount of energy and electricity society currently uses with "green" energy.  That's why climate propagandists like World Economic Forum tell people to get used to being poorer.  But also, much of that "green" energy is actually terrible for the environment.  Solar panels and wind turbines have killed billions of birds, and offshore wind turbines can be deadly for whales.  And those "green" electric vehicles (EV)?  Not only is electricity largely produced from non-green sources (particularly coal and natural gas), but EV batteries, which have to be replaced every few years, are very toxic to dispose of.  The "mining, manufacturing, and disposal of [EV] batteries threatens to be a major environmental concern in the coming years."  Solar panels and wind turbines also generate lots of toxic waste.

America's Coming Energy Crisis.  In 2021, Biden signed an executive order that decreed that all federal contracts for goods and services to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Some states and businesses are following Biden's lead.  California and six other states intend to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.  California also wants to ban the sale of gas-powered water heaters and furnaces by 2030.  Now the Environmental Protection Agency has piled on.  The agency is proposing vehicle pollution limits for 2032 that are so strict that they will force roughly two thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric.  This may sound glorious to climate warriors, but they have no idea what they are getting us into.  Transitioning to net zero involves decarbonizing electrical generation, industry, and transportation all at the same time.  It also involves creating net-zero carbon buildings, even though none presently exists.

The West Declares War on Itself.  It cannot be stated too often: the most important conflict of our times is that between individual liberty and State control.  National borders, constitutional constraints, legal norms, respect for inviolable rights, and concern for civilian autonomy are evaporating.  Centralized and expansive government control over domestic and foreign populations — without much recognizable distinction separating those two groups — is the State's raison d'être.  People are disposable game pieces for conniving governments to use and abuse.  Call it the implementation of a "new world order" or the "Great Reset" or the West's "Build Back Better" mission to erect a global government with totalitarian-like control, but however it is named, its purpose is nothing less than a war on personhood.  State-sanctioned groupthink will replace free thought; regulated speech will replace free expression; redistributed wealth will replace private property.  The West has, in effect, declared war on its own foundations.

Treasury Sec.  Janet Yellen: 'The Inflation Reduction Act is, at its core, about turning the climate crisis into an economic opportunity'.  [Tweet with Video clip.]

The Green New Deal is A Communist Plot.  Commies have always been after the wealth of America.  It is their plum, their Holy Grail, their much-lusted-after crowning achievement.  From the ruined universities of Europe, they flooded to the New World after WW2, determined to get some of her lovely money.  Communists are always money hungry, starved in fact, ravenous for cash, but they never figure out how it is created.  So they steal it by insinuating themselves into the bureaucracy and public sector unions, there to shake down the culture, no matter what.  They don't give a damn about the people they putatively serve.  Citizens are meatsuits to be exploited for benefits and raises.  Communists steal the wealth of every country they take over and then they destroy that country, its history, its culture, its families and youth.  Whether you call it by its polite name "socialism" or its real name which is demonic and unknown, the forces of death and evil, Communism, Leninism, Maoism, what it leaves in its wake is devastation.

The Origin of the Green New Deal.  America's interest in the Green New Deal (GND) or energy decarbonization has its origins half a century ago with the 1970 founding of Earth Day, and the subsequent 1972 creation of both UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program and the United States EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency.  Unfortunately, the push for a GND is about power and global socialism, not the environment and not pollution and not energy.  At the time, historical environmental laws were based on identifying particular "torts" or harm.  One of the important pollution cases in the US was in New York where the owner of a mink farm north of LaGuardia airport complained that his minks were not making more minks because of the noise from airplanes.

How the Federal Reserve is using the 'green transition' as a pretext to build an American Social Credit System.  The Federal Reserve has offered a green light for the first component of an agenda dedicated to turning the American financial system in a complete censorship and surveillance regime, and all indications are that they intend to install further intrusions on liberty into the U.S. Dollar system under the guise of saving the planet from "climate change."  The Dossier reported last week on The Federal Reserve's "pilot exercise" that is slated to both begin and conclude in 2023.  In the piece, we discuss how what has become commonly referred to as ESG, or the climate change agenda, or the "green transition," is acting as a trojan horse for the continuing centralization and the increasing of surveillance in the American financial system.  Across the West, this movement is now acting as the chief catalyst for the implementation of Chinese Communist Party-like social credit score systems.

The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization.  [Scroll down] Europeans arrogantly lectured the world that they no longer need traditional fuels.  So, they shut down nuclear power plants.  They stopped drilling for oil and gas.  And they banned coal.  What followed was a dystopian nightmare.  Europeans will burn dirty wood this winter as their civilization reverts from postmodern abundance to premodern survival.  The Biden Administration ossified oil fields.  It canceled new federal oil and gas leases.  It stopped pipeline construction and hectored investors to shun fossil fuels.  When scarcity naturally followed, fuel prices soared.  The middle class has now mortgaged its upward mobility to ensure that they might afford gasoline, heating oil, and skyrocketing electricity.

A Congress full of contempt for the American people.  Since inflation is currently the major issue for the American people, the Democrat Congress, with much fanfare and the usual self-congratulation, passed the "Inflation Reduction Act."  Since, however, one is here talking about Congress, one should not assume that anything is what it is claimed to be.  No sooner was the bill passed than former Secretary of State and current "climate envoy" John Kerry, one of the D-Mass bunch, who purchased his massive seven bedroom carbon footprint mansion in the fake liberal "sanctuary destination" of Martha's Vineyard in 2017, slipped up and told the truth to the International Energy Agency's Global Clean Energy Action Forum:  "I'm not sure how much it has to do with inflation, but that's O.K." [...] The reason this deception is "O.K." with Kerry is that the real purpose of the bill is to spend 375 billion taxpayer dollars on the Left's "green new deal" agenda to "tackle" climate change and double the number of IRS agents to harass the remaining fraction of Americans that still have a job or small business.

Running the World into the Ground.  [Scroll down] First, human beings are incapable of controlling the climate, which operates in cycles and always has since the planet was created.  Second, our economy is dependent on fossil fuels, and — contrary to the lies fed by the administration — fossil fuel alternatives do not exist, and will not exist in the foreseeable future.  Climate Change Business Journal quantified the cost to the U.S. of the green agenda at a whopping $1.5 trillion per year.  That is the equivalent of economic suicide.  And what do we get for this waste of time, money, and effort?  Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg calculates that even if every nation in the world adheres to its climate change commitments — which they won't, by the end of the century it will reduce the world's temperatures by a mere 1/20th of a degree.  In other words, the quality of our lives is going to plummet based on a monumental hoax.  If Biden gets away with his green policy, it will play right into Obama's socialist dream of fundamentally transforming America.  Under the guise of responding to climate change, the Left wants to take what we have and redistribute it to the Third World even if it means crippling the U.S. economy.

Legislation Within the Biden Green New Deal, Inflation Reduction Act, Has Created a Domestic Carbon Trading Platform.  Deep inside the legislative language of the falsely titled "inflation reduction act", aka The Green New Deal legislative vehicle constructed by lobbyists and passed by congress, people are now starting to realize a carbon-trading system was created.  Ultimately, a carbon trading system has always been the holy grail of the people who run the western financial system and want to create mechanisms to control wealth by using the 'climate change' agenda.  A carbon trading system is a very lucrative financial transfer mechanism with a potential scale to dwarf the derivative, Wall Street betting, market.  Secondarily, such a market would cement the climate change energy policy making it very difficult to reverse.  The new creation as explained by the Wall Street Journal, holds similarities to the EPA ethanol program.

Great Reset: Switzerland Threatens to Jail People Who Heat Their Homes Too Much in the Winter.  People who heat their homes above a certain temperature in Switzerland during the Winter face fines and potentially up to three years in prison if energy rationing measures are put in place.  Under proposed legislation in the home of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Swiss lawmakers are preparing to set legal limits on the use of heating during the winter should the country face energy shortages.  Under the plans, gas-heated buildings would be capped at 19C (66.2F) and water heating up to 60C (140F).  Saunas and swimming pools would also be forced by government diktat to remain cold.

The Political Party That's Built On Lies.  Rather than promote freedom and prosperity, Democrats' policies enslave and impoverish middle and lower America while at the same time prop up the leftist ruling class and its cronies.  But no one would know this by listening to the media and their handlers in the party.  Remember the Green New Deal?  It was passed off as an effort to save the planet from overheating, but it was designed as a wealth redistribution scheme.

Unelected Bureaucrats Unilaterally Impose the Green New Deal.  California's recent ban of gasoline cars by 2035 was accomplished by something called the California Air Resources Board, even though a CBS headline somehow referred to this fiat as a "vote" by "California."  Unelected regulators who have achieved power in a one-party state unilaterally made the decision, without the consideration of the electorate.  The influx of illegal aliens and the exodus of Americans fleeing the California chaos protects this one-party rule, and Democrats will face no consequences for creating this bureaucratic autocracy — there is no one to rein in the bureaucrats' unchecked power.  Virginia will likely follow California's lead despite the presence of a Republican governor and a partly Republican legislature.  Democrat Ralph Northam, the prior governor, signed a law in 2021 that specifically tied Virginia's regulatory bureaucracy to actions taken by the California Air Resources Board, so the current Virginia administration has no choice in the matter unless they take the previously unheard-of step of undoing an entrenched regulatory scheme.  The Virginia government yielded its authority to unelected regulators.  Even worse, to California regulators.

Jerome Powell Says Fed Effort to Make U.S. Economy Smaller Will Create "Some Pain" for Americans During Biden Transition to Clean Energy.  When Chairman Powell says things are really, really going to [be bad] as monetary policy tries to support Biden's goals to reduce energy supplies, will people believe him?  The agenda of the federal reserve was clearly outlined today [8/26/2022] in the remarks from Chairman Powell in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The Fed chair is trying to manage the economic policy transition by reducing economic activity to match intentionally diminished energy supplies.  Lowering economic activity drops demand for energy.  Unfortunately, as admitted by Powell today, this means a period of "some pain" for Americans as the central banks join together in an effort to lower consumption.  [Video clip]

Climate Alarmism [is] Descending upon the Lower Levels of Government.  [New York has its] own version of the GND known as the Climate Leadership and Communities Protection Act (CLCPA).  Since the Dems have held the legislature and governor's seat, some of the most destructive programs and regulations have been imposed to stop the use of fossil fuels in our homes, cars and every facet of our lives without regard for the consequences.  In 2019, New York lawmakers approved one of the most aggressive climate policies in the world, requiring net zero emissions for all sectors of the state's economy by mid-century.  The CLCPA requires New York to acquire all of its electricity from carbon-free energy sources by 2040 and then reach net zero emissions by 2050.  In fact, we are one of the few states in the U.S. (if not the only one) with legally binding emissions reduction targets that meet goals set by the Paris climate agreement.  As the Empire Center think tank explained, New York can increase its use of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it cannot do so cheaply while maintaining grid reliability.

Pay attention to what's happening to Dutch livestock farmers.  The beauty of climate change, if you're a wannabe totalitarian, is that, because carbon is one of the building blocks of life, if you control carbon, you control everything.  To understand how this works, you must pay attention to what is happening in the Netherlands, where the government is planning to seize 20% of livestock farms, all in the name of climate change.  Holland was once a bastion of liberty on a continent that was subject to total monarchal control and riven by religious wars.  It wasn't freedom as we have come to understand it in America, but, after they threw off Spanish control, the Dutch allowed faiths other than Calvinism within their borders.  There was a reason the Puritans fled there first, although they eventually wanted the complete freedom the New World offered them for practicing their particular Protestantism.  That sturdy, self-sufficient, independent, sort-of-free little nation is gone.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema Agrees to Senate Green New Deal Spending and Tax Proposal.  Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has announced her support for the senate climate change spending and tax proposal after some modifications to the new taxation.  To support the hedge fund donors, Senator Sinema insisted the carried interest loophole tax provision be removed and instead replaced with a corporate tax on stock buybacks.  Any time a corporation wants to buy back their own shares of stock, they will now pay the U.S. government a tax for doing so; at least that's the intent.  [Note:  taxing shares of company stock will never work, because that's exactly what shell companies were designed to avoid.  Set up a child shell company to purchase the stock and the parent company doesn't pay taxes on the child's purchase.  It's a shell game]

This is what finally puts an end to Australia.  There is an ominous buzz in the new Australian Parliament — Albo and the Greens are planning to pass 40 new bills, quick smart.  Each bill will probably need 100 new regulations and 200 new inspectors, auditors, and enforcers plus many new taxes and fees. [...] Probably the worst bill in Green-Albo's legislative avalanche is "The Climate Change Bill."  This dreadful piece of legislation gives the government the ability to "ratchet up" green targets without new parliamentary approval but makes it difficult for future governments to ratchet back these targets.  This will clutter rural Australia with imported solar panels and windmills and destroy forests and grasslands with spider-webs of roads and transmission lines.  It will make blackouts more likely and destroy any heavy industry we have left.  Filling our cities with electric cars will stress the electricity grid and add greatly to urban fire risks.  And in 15 years (or after every cyclone), we will have an enormous problem trying to dispose of the worn out, non-degradable wind and solar generator debris.

Pay Attention To The Dutch Farmer Protests Because America Is Next.  Why is the Netherlands, of all places, experiencing such unrest?  Americans need to understand what's happening over there because the ruinous climate policies that triggered these protests are precisely what President Joe Biden and the Democrats have in mind for the United States.  Specifically, Dutch farmers are protesting a government plan to cut fertilizer use and reduce livestock numbers so drastically that it will force many farms out of business.  Earlier this month, farmers used tractors and trucks to block highways and entrances to food distribution centers across the country, saying their livelihood and way of life are being targeted by the government. [...] The goal is to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, which are produced by livestock but which the government is labeling "pollutants," by 50 percent nationwide by the year 2030.  The only way to do that, many Dutch farmers say, is to slaughter the vast majority of their livestock and shutter their farms.  The government knows this and admitted as much earlier this year, saying in a statement, "The honest message ... is that not all farmers can continue their business," and that farmers have three options:  "Becoming more sustainable, relocating or ending their business."

America would not have become the superpower that it is without abundant oil.  As the United States grew economically, so did its influence around the world.  Abundant energy is one of the core requirements of national prestige and power.  Now, for the first time, America lacks both the energy necessary to power its own needs and has signaled its intention to sign on to a suicide pact with other "Green" countries to willingly give up our way of life to transition to a theoretical and unknown future.  We are witnessing a complete transformation of our society away from our established political, social, and economic foundations built over 150 years. [...] Presently, the majority of our power is produced with relatively inexpensive American natural gas, which we have more of than anyone else.  Biden seeks an end to our ability to develop our own energy by depending on foreign countries to fill the gap until the realization of his Green New Deal's completion.  To say this is a huge gamble may be the greatest understatement of all time.  Questioning this monumental shift is considered blasphemy today.

Sri Lanka Is Just The First To Topple In Globalists' Green Energy House Of Cards.  At each stage of the process of extracting raw materials, producing a product for market, and putting that product in a consumer's home, rising "green" energy costs cascade to create skyrocketing inflation.  Likewise, when agricultural and livestock farming are heavily regulated in accordance with Green New Deal "climate change" goals, then not only does food become more expensive, it also becomes more scarce.  Inflation and food insecurity are the natural results.  The Great Reset, however, is not occurring in a vacuum.  Unsuspecting citizens may be the guinea pigs forced to endure the World Economic Forum's agenda, but they do not lack agency of their own.  Hunger and loss of savings tend to fracture societies, and not surprisingly, chaos and carnage are now on the rise.  In Sri Lanka, the costs of food and fuel have gotten so high that the island country has nearly collapsed.  The president has fled, the prime minister has promised to resign, the socialist nation is in a state of emergency, and fed-up citizens have taken over much of the capital.

The Great Regression.  A word of caution is needed about the pretentious and supposedly benign signature title of the Great Reset project.  Assume the worst when the adjective "great" appears in connection with envisioned fundamental, government-driven, or global political changes.  What was similar between Lyndon Johnson's massively expensive but failed "Great Society" and Mao's genocidal "Great Leap Forward" was the idea of a top-down, centrally planned schema, cooked up by elites without any firsthand knowledge, or even worry, how it would affect the middle classes and poor.  So often, the adjective "great" is a code word of supposed enlightened planners for radical attempts at reconstruction of a society that must be either misled or forced to accept a complete overhaul. [...] The same linguistic suspicions hold true of the use of the noun "Reset."  It assumes a year-zero arrogance that all that came before was flawed.  And all that will follow, we are assured, will not be so defective.

Biden's green new deal is increasing greenhouse gases.  To understand the utter futility of Biden's "renewable energy" crusade, we must go back about 15 years in time to when the amazing shale revolution, thanks to energy pioneers such as Harold Hamm of Oklahoma, the man who drilled the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, began.  These new drilling techniques have vastly expanded America's natural gas production over the past decade and turned America into the world's leading oil and gas superpower.  Because clean natural gas production soared and replaced coal as the No. 1 source of power generation, not only did America get rich off these bountiful resources but we also reduced our greenhouse gas emissions.  In fact, over the six years covering 2014 through 2020, we led the world in our reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.  Our emissions fell by 22%.  That was more than former President Barack Obama's cap-and-tax plan would have reduced these emissions.

A SCOTUS Guide for the Perplexed.  [Scroll down]  The Biden administration, without congressional action, is using the chimera of climate change to completely transform the economy.  It is churning out pages of rules and regulations designed to hamper domestic energy production, not only through the EPA, but as well the SEC and Department of Interior.  The rising prices of fuel, food, and shelter are occasioned by such rules and regulations, which make scarce that of which we have plenty — sources of energy.  The cost is being born by millions of Americans, and it's clear to me that Kagan's view of morality and theirs' is in growing conflict.  Are you onboard with a country and its economy ruled by unelected bureaucrats given the green light to do so by unelected judges?  I didn't think you were.

Biden Is Going Green, Even if It Kills Us.  Hubris can get us all killed.  The Biden administration's determination to make its climate agenda a central factor in U.S. foreign policy could be the greatest threat to human survival in our times.  This leap into the climate-change rabbit hole has distracted the White House from the old-fashioned — but painfully present — task of making sure Americans are not devastated by a major war.  By stirring partisan politics and dubious science into their recipe for national security, this administration risks getting the single most important responsibility of the federal government horribly wrong.  For starters, their climate agenda lacks legitimacy.  Declaring that it is validated by "settled" science neither settles the science nor validates their agenda.

A Win Over Green Tyranny.  The left-wing assault on American energy was just dealt a swift defeat by the United States Supreme Court.  And President Donald Trump's confirmations to the bench paved the way for it to happen.  Never in my life would I think that gas prices would rise so steeply in such a short period of time that stations would run out of space on the pump screen to display the price.  But the Biden Administration's assault on American energy is simply unprecedented.  They will try to pass the blame, but the American people know what's happening.  Green New Deal advocates are pushing for a great energy reset in America, and they don't care how much it hurts you.  Arguably, gas and oil are the most visible indicators of the Left's efforts to fundamentally alter U.S. energy policies.  But the Supreme Court just handed down a case that claps back at the Environmental Protection Agency's deeply flawed position that it can unilaterally govern energy companies in the name of climate justice.

Energy crisis making aggressive green agenda look like peacetime luxury.  Soaring costs are driving many countries toward more of the fossil fuels they had sought to phase out, proving the aggressive shift toward green energy to be a luxury of peacetime.  The war in Ukraine caused a spike in oil and natural gas prices, which were already creeping up before Russia's invasion.  Western governments have responded by pledging to spend even more, and faster, on scaling up renewable energy sources, but at the same time, they have committed to building more gas infrastructure and have sought to increase power generation from coal to displace gas demand and keep the industry running in the short term.

Amid threats of blackouts, Illinois lawmakers call for scrapping 'Green New Deal'.  In the wake of an alert warning of possible rolling blackouts this summer, some Illinois lawmakers want to revise the state's energy policies.  Midcontinent Independent System Operator is warning Illinoisans of possible blackouts and rising energy prices that could cost families as much as $600 more a year.  The announcement was just an advisory and was not the elevated "warning" or "event" stage, but they said the next advisories could require electric utilities to request energy conservation or possible rolling blackouts and power outages.  State Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Teutopolis, said rolling blackouts should not be the norm in this country and something should be done to ensure there will be abundant energy available for Illinoisans.

Biden Senior Climate and Energy Policy Advisor Demands Social Media Companies Immediately Block Content Identifying Biden Policy as Source of Energy Inflation.  As things in society start to collapse; and as people begin to really feel the inflationary consequences of the Biden energy policy in action; suddenly all of those 'talking points' about shutting down the fossil fuel industry take on a new meaning.  People didn't realize the Green New Deal was going to mean $10/doz eggs, $15/gal milk, $20 happy meals at McDonalds, or $150/tank of gasoline.  Now they are paying attention.  For former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the current senior climate and energy policy advisor within the White House, all of these 'in your face' surfacing Green New Deal consequences have become problematic for the Biden administration.  Her proposed solution, however, is rather remarkable.  In this interview discussing the skyrocketing inflation and consequences created by the Green New Deal policies, Gina McCarthy urgently begs all of the social media companies to start removing the content from American people who are giving real world examples of the pain and economic hardship they are feeling.  McCarthy says that if social media do not start to help Joe Biden hide the pain, the climate change agenda might be at risk.  [Video clip]

The Green New Deal crashes into the rocks.  What a surprise!  Carbon-based energy is much more important than we were led to believe.  A slight reduction in domestic resource development has sent seismic shock waves throughout our economy.  Bottom line:  Folks are often willing to go along with calls for sacrifice... unless and until they are made to really suffer. [...] The obvious question is:  how will this all play out?  The corrupt news media will likely go even farther in its over-the-top hysterical portrayal of ordinary weather events, trends, and hiccups.  As in [Michael] Crichton's novel, [State of Fear,] what used to be a typical seasonal phenomenon — hurricanes — are now being portrayed as cataclysmic events, even though the last 140 years have seen no significant trend up or down in frequency.  And yet, the EPA claims the opposite, even though most of its sources show stability instead.  That's what you get when you rely on corrupt government scientists.

Global Shift to Renewables Could Cost $120 Trillion:  Australian Energy CEO.  The world will need to pour trillions of dollars into the energy sector if it wants to reach the net-zero target, according to the CEO of Australia's largest electricity operator.  Frank Calabria, Managing Director of Origin Energy, which operates Australia's largest coal-fired power station, has also urged to "bring as much coal supply back into the system as soon as possible."  He said this would aid a "successful transition" to renewables over the longer term and ease pressure on the power price.  Speaking at the Australian Energy conference on June 7, the energy boss described the shift to a renewable economy as a "multi-decade, large-scale, global transformation that will fundamentally change the way we source, produce, supply, distribute and use energy."  Calabria estimated that such transformation requires A$120 trillion (US$86.25 trillion) to be invested in the energy sector.  Coming on top of this is the investment in additional transmission to connect solar and wind developments to the major population centres.  This process, he noted, will cost A$70 billion (US$51.30 billion) in Australia only.

Biden Administration Declare[s] National Emergency for Clean Energy Production.  Earlier today [6/6/2022], Joe Biden, working toward the agenda of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Wall Street multinationals, and the radical climate change activists within the far left of the socialist democrat party, declared a national emergency around the issue of U.S. energy prices and policies.  On the front side of the justification, the people in control of the Biden administration, claim that current and future increases in energy prices are likely to do severe damage to the economy and the lives of all Americans.  However, in the background of the issue, this is the 'never let a crisis go to waste' phase of an energy crisis the administration has intentionally created.  The real goal is to fundamentally transform the foundation of the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels and into a new era of clean renewable energy.  This is what all of the Biden cabinet officers now refer to as the "economic transition" phase.

The Naked Truth about Energy Transitions.  Today's climate-mongers, led by ideologues such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jennifer Granholm, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to name a few, are so mindlessly shortsighted that they apparently can't think beyond the tips of their noses.  They demand we give up fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy, and they want it right now!  [Disregard] the consequences to you, me, and our country during the transition.  They know that they'll all be dead in fifty years, so they're not willing to let change happen incrementally, plus they have only two and a half years left of Joe's presidency to complete their build-back-worse strategy, and if some of these ideologues are true to their stated belief, we will all be dead in the next nine years because of global warming.  Therefore, we absolutely must accept their scripture and change our sinning ways to save the planet.  All the more reason they push us toward presumed energy nirvana before our extinction occurs.  These people are not patient or logical, so they never think ahead to imagine what could go wrong if they succeed with their mission to rewire the world in their image.

Australian voters have set themselves up for a green nightmare.  Australians took a great green gamble in the recent election.  Green millionaires and other left-wing activists supported slick campaigns promoting a gaggle of well-off women who won six seats in the leafy green suburbs.  Being rich blue-bloods with dark green policies, they adopted teal-colored uniforms. [...] This Teal-Green-ALP lurch to the left promises a disorderly rush into green energy.  Their aim is to cover this huge continent with solar panels, wind turbines, transmission lines, access roads, giant batteries, and national parks.  Offshore wind turbines will start sprouting, but no new coal development will be approved.  The new P.M. wants to make Australia a "renewable energy super power" and "Get-Up" wants to "protect indigenous communities from fracking."

JPMorgan Chase CEO Warns to Prepare for Economic Hurricane as Biden Administration Switches U.S. Economy to Green New Deal Agenda.  JPMorgan Chase & Co.  Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon warned of a "hurricane" as the economy struggles against fiscally induced growth, quantitative tightening and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Mr Dimon was delivering remarks at a conference sponsored by Alliance Bernstein Holdings Wednesday.  Higher oil prices, higher fuel prices, higher energy prices and much higher food prices are all looming over the horizon as the Biden administration switches the baseline for the U.S economy from oil and gas to the Green New Deal energy program.  Things are going to get worse, the question is, how much worse?

Biden Admits U.S. Gas Prices [are being] Driven by [an] Incredible Transition Away from Fossil Fuels.  During a joint press conference held in Tokyo, Japan, held by Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden was asked about the financial pain Americans are feeling with massive increases in gasoline prices.  Outlining how his energy policy is directly related to the gasoline price, Joe Biden said:  "Here's the situation.  And when it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it's over, we'll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over."  Yet again proving the intent of the administration is to implement the 'Green New Deal' through executive action.

'Green New Deal' plan will cost NYers 'hundreds of billions' in energy bills: official.  New Yorkers will have to pay "hundreds of billions of dollars" in higher utility bills due to the state's "Green New Deal"-inspired plan, according to a top energy regulatory official — who accused lawmakers of hiding the true cost of the bill.  John Howard, former chairman and current member of the state Public Service Commission, claimed former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-run legislature never leveled with the public on the costs associated with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act approved in 2019.  Howard, during a PSC session Thursday, said local pols "totally obfuscated" the costs of the plan because the sticker shock would have made the initiative unpopular.

The Biden Admin Is Using A 'Backdoor' To Force Through Green New Deal Reforms.  Democrats are increasingly looking to force their climate agenda through the federal bureaucracy rather than go through Congress, experts said, due to lack of support for their environmental reforms.  The Biden administration has unveiled sweeping regulations affecting home appliances, building standards, fuel economy and government-backed projects including infrastructure during its first 15 months in power.  Experts have slammed the myriad federal rules, saying they will lead to higher prices, hurt consumers amid soaring inflation and mainly serve as a backdoor for broad environmental restrictions.  "They're basically using environmental laws to create backdoor subsidies," Brent Bennett, an energy expert at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

Putin's Invasion Shows Green Activists [are] Still Red On The Inside.  Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee held a "hearing to examine the use of energy as a tool and a weapon."  In the hands of Russia, the tool has been sharpened, the weapon made more lethal by advanced nations' increased reliance on that country's oil and gas due to policy decisions demanded by green zealots.  Maybe there's an argument to be made that environmental activists and their allies among elected officials (and unelected United Nations officials who wield great power) are merely useful or accidental idiots, their goals coincidentally empowering regimes that are hardly democratically representative of their populations.  If so, it would be a weak one.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal plan alone refutes the argument.  While its supporters claim it's an effort to tame the climate, it is, as the New York Democrat's former chief of staff admitted in what he thought was a private conversation, "a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing."

Death by Politics.  The next fatal move by Biden is beginning the destruction of our power grid.  Under the guise of the Green New Deal and climate change, the president has already begun his war on fossil fuels.  You are witnessing a monumental increase in cost for gas, oil, propane, and natural gas.  We will be competing with all the electric cars that he wants for power.  Our electric grid cannot sustain our demand for heat and air-conditioning while servicing the enormous need to charge electric vehicles.

One of AOC's Worst Green New Deal Ideas is Included in Biden's 'Build Back Better' Plan.  The fate of President Biden's multi-trillion-dollar social spending agenda, the "Build Back Better" plan, has consumed the political conversation in recent weeks.  Amid all the furious attempts at reading political tea leaves, a curious fact has flown under the radar:  The latest iteration of Biden's plan includes one of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worst ideas.  "Happy to announce creation of a U.S. Civilian Climate Corps is now in the Build Back Better Act," the far-left congresswoman recently tweeted.  Referencing the public works "job creation" scheme first proposed as part of the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the initiative will create 300,000 jobs while combating the "climate crisis" and "environmental injustice."

Green New Deal Lite:
New York's Green Amendment could create a legal mess and a tough environment for businessesCity Journal has a piece today [10/19/2021] about a change to the New York state constitution which will go before voters in a couple of weeks.  Prop 2, as it's called, would guaranteed every New Yorker "a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment."  The green amendment is backed by environmental groups but also has support from groups concerned about "environmental justice." [...] So what does this mean in practice?  No one really knows.  The article points out that other states have similar commitments in their constitutions but those tend to be more narrow and haven't resulted in a surge of new lawsuits.  New York's amendment could be different precisely because it's so vague.  For instance, it's not clear if the amendment would allow anyone to sue over any perceived infraction.

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There is no "right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment."  In many places around the world, clean air and water are luxuries.  Who knows what "a healthful environment" means.  Once it gets into a courtroom, it could be twisted to mean almost anything.  That's what lawyers do.

Here Are All The Green New Deal Handouts Democrats Wedged Into Their $3.5 Trillion Budget.  Democrats have inserted numerous provisions and subsidy programs into their $3.5 trillion budget that would benefit green energy companies and speed the transition to renewables.  The Build Back Better Act would invest an estimated $295 billion of taxpayer money into a variety of clean energy programs in what would amount to the most sweeping climate effort passed by Congress, according to a House Committee on Energy and Commerce report.  That price tag doesn't factor in the other costly measures approved by the House Ways and Means, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Oversight and Transportation committees last month.  "This bill is crammed with green welfare subsidies, specifically for corporations and the wealthy," House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.  "They are extending and creating a whole host of green energy tax credits such as electric transmission property, zero emissions facilities and clean hydrogen," the Texas Republican continued.

Where Are They Trying to Take Us?  [Scroll down]  Think about the larger Green New Deal (goals and objectives), and then contrast those objectives while aligning an overlay map of how federal COVID mitigation rules can be applied as a back door to the EXACT SAME objective.  Far beyond masks and even vaccines:  workspaces being forced to be redesigned.  New rules on labor density.  New rules on labor/manufacturing and office proximity.  New rules on uniforms.  New rules on hand-washing stations.  New rules on sick pay, shift hours, time-off when a COVID infection is detected in the workplace.  Think about everything from rules on surfaces, to rules on packaging, to rules on ALL business operations as an outcome of federal regulatory policy under the guise of CVOID-19 mitigation.  OSHA, Labor, Agriculture, Transportation, Energy, Education, Housing, Health and Human Services, and even federal building permits:  the entire regulatory system and compliance network.  Think about Housing and Urban Development (HUD) having new rules about dwellings and complexes for housing grants.  Population density; the need to move into the suburbs and the confiscation of private property to "ensure the common safety" of the citizens.

The Climate Army Is Coming.  Dissatisfied with the American people's lack of concern for their issue du jour, self-righteous coastal elites are moving on from slick PR campaigns and headline-grabbing protests to deploy a legion of climate activists across the nation — paid for by your tax dollars, whether you like it or not.  President Joe Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) would be the biggest mobilization of government labor since the New Deal, a massive and likely permanent expansion of government power cementing the radical climate agenda in our halls of government.  It would also burden taxpayers with massive debt — without any impact whatsoever on the global climate.  Though the CCC is said to support such innocuous projects as solar panels and parks, it's really a slush fund for progressive activism paid for by your tax dollars.

Joe Biden just reminded the nation why the Green New Deal is just not feasible.  On Monday [8/9/2021], the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ordered a "code red," releasing a "landmark" report warning that global warming was an existential threat to humanity, "unequivocally" blaming humans and demanding rapid action to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. [...] The very next day, the Biden administration released a statement imploring the OPEC cartel to increase production of oil to help lower worldwide gas prices.  "Higher gasoline costs," the White House said, "if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global recovery."  The White House wants OPEC to go above the 400,000-barrels-per-day increase it already promised to implement, which doesn't seem to jibe with the notion that we are on the precipice of the apocalypse.  As an economic matter, of course, the request makes total sense:  By pressuring exporters to pump more oil, a fungible commodity, we lower costs worldwide.  Even though technology continues to create efficiencies that lower emissions, modernity relies heavily on affordable and reliable energy.  Economies would collapse without it.

11 Notable Topics in Senate Vote-a-Rama on Spending $3.5 Trillion.  [#11]  Although its budget resolution largely adopts the left's Green New Deal-type climate policies, the Senate voted unanimously that it would not adopt the actual Green New Deal.  The amendment was offered by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.  "The Green New Deal is not about protecting the environment, it's about making big government even bigger," Barrasso said.  However, the spending bill itself has Green New Deal-style climate policies.  These include a clean electricity standard payment program; a new tax on imports that emit carbon dioxide; new taxes and fees on conventional energy resources such as oil and gas; more subsidies and tax breaks for green energy and electric vehicles; a new Civilian Climate Corps; and climate research and development programs across the federal government.  Interestingly, the Senate sponsor of the Green New Deal, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., joined the vote to prohibit the enactment of the policy.

Biden's Six Months In Office Have Us On The Road To Communism.  Leftists have long known that they can only enact their utopian dreams with an endless parade of existential crises.  Global warming was just such a crisis, virtually brimming with potential until all the dire predictions came up woefully short.  People in the north still know what snow is like though it should have disappeared off the scene twenty years ago.  We don't hear much from Al Gore anymore.  Having made his fortune selling carbon indulgences, he's retired to enjoy his massive carbon footprint, which likely exceeds that of many small nations.  AOC's 12-year doomsday scenario will come and go, and nothing will have changed. [...] If her Green New Deal goes into effect, or the Paris climate hoaxers manage to siphon off American wealth, we may see doomsday for America but the world will be just fine.

'Civilian Climate Corps' to be part of Senate Democrats' infrastructure bill.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that a climate jobs proposal called the Civilian Climate Corps will be part of the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Senate Democrats plan to pass.  The move reflects the high priority many Democratic activists place on climate change measures, even as businesses raise concerns about the financial cost of conversion to non-fossil fuels.  The furthest-left lawmakers, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, have long pushed for the "Green New Deal," which calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy.

Mark Carney Unveils Dystopian New World To Combat Climate 'Crisis'.  In his book Value(s): Building a Better World for All, Mark Carney, former governor both of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, claims that western society is morally rotten, and that it has been corrupted by capitalism, which has brought about a "climate emergency" that threatens life on earth.  This, he claims, requires rigid controls on personal freedom, industry and corporate funding. [...] Since the advent of the COVID pandemic, Carney has been front and centre in the promotion of a political agenda known as the "Great Reset," or the "Green New Deal," or "Building Back Better."  All are predicated on the claim that COVID, and its disruption of the global economy, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not just to regulate climate, but to frame a more fair, more diverse, more inclusive, more safe and more woke world.

Biden's Radical Executive Order on Global Warming Gives Government Power To Do Almost Anything.  President Biden's new executive order on climate change would basically let the government do virtually anything in any part of the economy or the financial markets, or labor markets, or agriculture — or anything — in the name of mitigating risk of climate changes.  I haven't read the full Executive Order yet, but you just have to trust me on this.  It has a two-page fact sheet, and that alone makes it clear that the Executive Order is a thing to behold.  I recommend everyone read this thing.  It will take two or three minutes.  It has all the far-left Green New Deal climate change features that will destroy fossil fuels and capitalism, destroy jobs and the economy.  It's all in there.  Everything a lefty greenie could possibly hope for.

Dumb and getting dumber.  Based on his actions to date, Biden's environmental and energy programs are based on a hatred for American citizens as his administration scrambles to reduce our living standards and promote the welfare of China, India, and other massive planetary polluters.  Biden couldn't shut off the Keystone Pipeline or jump back into the Paris Climate accords fast enough.  While smog-shrouded foreign countries gleefully applaud the unqualified and fumbling environmental czar, John Kerry, America's East Coast Colonial Pipeline gas supply was shut down by Russian hackers and Biden ensured that there would be no Keystone backup.  At the same time, he waived sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany.  The reassuring response by Biden's Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, was to remind reporters during a White House press briefing that "if you drive an electric car, this would not be affecting you, clearly."

What Trump Meant to Millions.  The Green New Deal promises to siphon vast sums from American taxpayers to reward those who contribute huge sums to Democrats in return for green mandates that favor their investments.  Those who have lost their high-paying pipeline jobs are told to "retrain" laying solar panels at $12 an hour.  And so it goes through every fabric of our society from restaurant closings to transgender rights: the ordinary citizen is lectured that his common sense is racist, sexist, homophobic, or simply ignorant.  And what is concealed is an enormous network of corruption from the top right down to local organizers thriving on "community development" and diversity grants.

Think Gas Shortages Are Bad?  Buckle Up.  If the gas shortages plaguing the Southeast left you high and dry last week, buckle up.  This is just a taste of our future under President Joe Biden's energy policies.  Though these shortages were largely driven by panic buying, rather than by actual supply constraints due to the Colonial Pipeline hack, they demonstrate just how much energy — something the average American likely doesn't think much about during their normal daily routine — defines our lives.  If the Green New Deal becomes a real deal, whether through Congress or by executive fiat (which is apparently Biden's preferred strategy), gas shortages and skyrocketing prices at the pump are just the beginning.  If Biden succeeds, we can kiss energy independence goodbye.  In 2019, the United States finally achieved the mission that founded the U.S. Department of Energy in the 1960s — freedom from dependence on foreign oil — when we became a net energy exporter.  Just over 100 days into the Biden administration, our claim to that title is already fading.

Our Democrat Rulers Can't Be Serious.  Ed Markey — the 45-year D.C. lifer — could be considered the quintessential liberal NE Democrat politician.  He transparently espouses every clichéd liberal Democratic policy position that comes down the pike.  He never puts forth any new, thoughtful, genuinely helpful initiatives of his own. [...] Yet apparently, even empty vessels like Markey occasionally feel the need to attach themselves to something that might convey some visibility and substance onto their otherwise vacant countenances.  Hence, Markey is all of a sudden a major proponent of the risible Green New Deal.  His own connection to the GND fandango would be utterly humiliating to him if he had the self-awareness to see it.  The GND is a fantastical "what-if/if only" environmental pipe dream, conceived of by too-young, completely immature and uneducated political neophytes, without the slightest clue of either economic realities or scientific facts.

The Green New Deal's Shock Troops.  As reported May 5 by Fox News, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers are calling for the creation of a 1.5 million-strong group of civilians to work on federally funded projects addressing climate change as part of their sweeping Green New Deal legislation." [...] We can imagine the "training" the members will receive.  They won't be learning the Boy Scouts' oath, studying the great works of this nation's founders, or pledging to uphold the Constitution.  They'll be told that human activity is overheating the planet.  That American and Western lifestyles are unsustainable and must be reeled in by government.  That environmental injustices have to be rectified by policies that will hurt the middle and lower classes.  That the only way to stop the march of global warming will be the enactment of the Democrats' socialist wish-list legislative agenda.

Pipeline killer Joe Biden declares emergency for northeast pipeline hit by cyberhackers.  Is there anything more preposterous than Joe Biden declaring an emergency for 17 eastern states after cybercriminals shut down a critical gas pipeline in their vicinity?  He's a Green New Dealer, so maybe he should instead be happy. [...] But this is the same Joe Biden and administration that shut down the Keystone XL pipeline as part of his Green New Deal, all with the stroke of a pen.  Shutting down pipelines is serious stuff as it impacts the national economy.  Yet Biden himself, just weeks ago, blithely shut Keystone down for the sake of his greenie buddies.  See, Keystone energy is bad.  Colonial's energy, it seems, is good.

Biden's 'Green New Deal': Glitter, nonsense, and deception.  Having spent our adult lives involved with and supporting science and technology, it is frustrating and infuriating to endure uninformed politicians, pundits, and ideologues bloviating about the climate, to say nothing of the pointless dithering about whether we should be referring to climate change or to the climate crisis.  But the genuine catastrophe-in-waiting is that the policies they advocate will irreparably damage the economy while leaving the climate essentially unaffected.  The United States's small global share of greenhouse gas emissions, which is about 15% and declining due to the increased use of natural gas, means that domestic improvements can have only a minimal effect.  The underlying premise of the Biden administration's energy policy is that by the U.S. setting an example of enlightenment and probity, other nations, especially China and India, will elevate altruism above compelling self-interests and follow suit.

Green is the new Red.  The "new world order" to which he referred is global governance under the banner of the hammer and sickle, the same objective of the pro-communist World Economic Forum, which announced last year its "Great Reset" initiative to help inform decisions regarding global recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the organizations website, the Great Reset will address challenges like global warming by resetting "the direction of national economies." Translation:  Use climate policy as a slight-of-hand means to force western nations, including America, to give up capitalism in favor of communism.

How Biden's climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH, cost $3.5K a year per person in taxes, force you to spend $55K on an electric car and 'crush' American jobs.  President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse emissions by 50 to 52 percent over the next decade could prompt sweeping changes that could affect how Americans eat, drive and heat their homes.  Biden announced the goal to cut emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, at the start of a two-day climate summit on Thursday [4/22/2021].  He vowed the plan, which would set the US on a path of a zero emissions economy by no later than 2050, would create jobs and boost economies.

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Exactly the opposite is true, as is often the case when Joe Biden speaks.  His plan would crush the U.S. economy and eliminate jobs — all for the sake of reducing carbon dioxide emissions slightly, which will have zero positive effects.

AOC now blames 'racial injustice' for the climate crisis as she relaunches her Green New Deal.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been mocked for claiming that climate change is a product of racial injustice, as she relaunched her controversial Green New Deal.  The New York congresswoman on spoke in front of the Capitol to promote her plan, which set a series of ambitious targets such as eliminating U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade and transitioning the economy away from fossil fuels.  Ocasio-Cortez said that climate change must be viewed through the lens of race.

Democrats Reintroduce Green New Deal; GOP Denounces Plan as 'Socialist Super-Package'.  Progressive Democrats reintroduced their signature climate change-fighting blueprint, this time in the form of a Senate resolution, with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proclaiming in Washington on April 20 that "the Green New Deal isn't just a resolution, it is a revolution," while Republicans denounced it as a "socialist super-package."  First introduced in 2019 in the form of a non-binding House resolution (pdf), the essentially identical Senate version of the Green New Deal seeks to eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, transition the economy away from fossil fuels, weave climate change imperatives into any infrastructure bill considered by Congress, along with a medley of progressive social justice priorities in areas such as race relations and income disparities.  "The green new disaster is back," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said in a statement.  "Free market innovation is the best way to protect our air, water, and communities — not heavy-handed government regulation or taxation."

Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions by Half by 2030 as AOC introduces her Green New Deal and a '10-year mobilization to fight the climate crisis'.  President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes as a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans.  The non-binding but symbolically important pledge is a key element of the summit, which begins Thursday [4/22/2021] as world leaders gather online to share strategies to combat climate change.  It came on the day Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her Green New Deal and her '10-year mobilization to fight the climate crisis'.

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[#1] There is no climate crisis.  [#2] It is pointless and futile to "combat climate change."  The climate will not stop changing.  Spend your own money, if you feel that you must, to "combat climate change," but don't spend other people's money in search of solutions for problems that aren't problems.  [#3] I suspect "world leaders gather online" all the time.  Big deal.  [#4] AOC announced her Green New Deal about three and a half years ago, not just the other day.

Sanders and AOC unveil 'Green New Deal' proposal to overhaul public housing.  Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's public housing stock that would cost up to $172 billion.  The duo has dubbed the legislation the "Green New Deal for Public Housing Act" and unveiled the proposal on Monday [4/19/2021].  The plan by the two self-described socialists seeks to transition the public housing system "as swiftly and seamlessly as possible" to zero-carbon communities that produce on-site renewable energy, according to a news release about the proposal.  They said the $172 billion would be invested over a period of 10 years and would affect nearly 2 million people living in some 950,000 public housing homes.  The sponsors claim that the legislation would reduce the cost of water bills among public housing residents by 30% and would slash energy bills by up to 70% per year.  It also would create about 240,000 union jobs, according to Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez.

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[#1] Democrats like to push programs that create union jobs, because a large portion of the dues paid by union members goes right back to the Democrats.  [#2] If the end product is only that the "cost of water bills among public housing residents [would be reduced] by 30%," how much is that worth?  If this program "would slash energy bills by up to 70% per year," how many dollars are saved?  Certainly not $172 billion.  Remomber, "up to 70%" covers a lot of territory — all the way down to zero.  Renewable energy might not save any money at all.

The Green Regime's Eco-Speak.  I used to think that the word "woke" meant just getting up from sleeping.  Now I know it is an ideological term.  Words we thought we knew have new meanings, even if spelled the same.  Dr. Roger Canfield has created a glossary of terms for the tin foil hat crowd — the AOC Green Dream folks — commonly known as the Green Nightmare.

The Roadmap for the 'Great Reset'.  As far back as 1996, Mikhail Gorbachev laid bare the agenda driving climate alarmism:  "The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order."  He was underscoring the importance of advancing Marxist objectives by creating an emergency to convince people they must surrender freedom to be safe.  That idea has been parlayed over the decades into a global campaign of the Left to control vibrant economies, end individual freedom and national sovereignties, and impoverish the world.  In America, it is being served up as the Green New Deal (GND).  Author Marc Morano exposes that elaborate con game in Green Fraud:  Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think. [...] His book shows how the GND — which dovetails with the U.N.'s Agenda 21 — has nothing to do with "saving the planet" and is actually about "transforming modern America into a centrally planned and managed society and imposing an ideology that will rein in the freedoms of individual Americans."

Green Fraud Meets The Big Shut-Up.  If you've seen Marc Morano interviewed by yours truly when I'm hosting on Fox, you'll know that the former is absolutely the sharpest critic of Big Climate and their plans for the rest of us.  (You can see our most recent conversation here.) So I was honored to be asked to write the introduction to Marc's new book, Green Fraud:  Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think.  Which it is.  Yet, in this cowed and craven never-quite-fully-unlocked-down Covid-without-end world, Big Climate figures it's easier to impose than ever.  But they don't want you getting a head's up on that.  So, having long lost the ability to debate their opponents, the warm-mongers are opting for their preferred method of disposal — get 'em canceled.

Green Fraud:  Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think.  Most Americans don't fully understand what's in the Green New Deal and what it will do to America.  A new book by Marc Morano, Green Fraud:  Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think, will tell you everything you need to know about the socialist green new deal.  Purchase it ASAP as the cancel culture is trying to get the book banned from Amazon.

For Climate Progressives, Biden's $2.25 Trillion Isn't Enough.  As a candidate, Joe Biden garnered nearly unanimous support from environmentalists, progressives, and clean energy advocates for his promise to reconfigure the U.S. economy for the fight against climate change.  But as president, his $2.25 trillion jobs-and-infrastructure blueprint — released Wednesday and meant to fulfill much of that campaign pledge — received a much less harmonious welcome.  "Today I find myself caught between two truths," said Varshini Prakash, executive director of the youth climate activist group the Sunrise Movement.  "This infrastructure plan is a historic step forward that would not have been possible without us," she said, referring to fellow young protesters and advocates of the Green New Deal.  And yet, "so much more is needed to reach the scale of what is necessary to truly transform this country to stop the climate crisis."

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[#1] Any effort to "reconfigure the U.S. economy for the fight against climate change" is obviously futile:  The climate will always change, slowly and imperceptibly, whether Joe Biden wrecks the U.S. economy or not.  [#2] There is no climate crisis.  Nobody is worried about this issue more than any other problem.  None of the climate alarmists' dire predictions have ever come to pass.

Democrats Introduce New Green New Deal Bill Calling Fossil Fuels 'Racist'The Hill reports that Rep. Always On-Camera (D-New York) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Not An Actual Cherokee) have introduced a new bill that would "invest" $500 billion to "create" "green jobs."  Use of multiple scare quotes is intentional.  Neither the race-hustling professor nor AOC know much about job creation, having never created any meaningful number of non-government jobs.  Government "investing" necessarily entails government taxing, or government just printing more money, which neither the Democrats nor The Hill note.  Those green jobs supposedly already exist anyway; why else would John Kerry tell the Keystone XL pipeline workers whose jobs his boss destroyed to go build solar panels?

Your Guidebook to Combating the Climate-Crazed Left.  You've no doubt heard of the Green New Deal, the far left's favorite piece of legislation.  But do you know where it originated?  How it became the centerpiece of the left's agenda?  Or that many of its provisions have nothing to do with climate change?  Marc Morano, publisher of, has a new book out Tuesday that answers these questions and more.  "Green Fraud:  Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think" provides Americans with the information they need to refute climate alarmism, think critically about climate change, and counter the indoctrination of young people.

When a Handful of Crises Aren't Enough.  Bridge-building, comity, and compromise are passé.  What Ron Klain, Susan Rice, and a knot of plutocrats and "progressives" who pull Joe's strings want are crises.  Manufactured crises are just as good as the real deals.  They're opportunities not to be wasted. [...] The Biden administration is now teeing up the climate crisis.  Catastrophic climate cooling or heating (you pick) has been the rage since the early 70s. [...] Deep-sixing the Keystone XL Pipeline was a modest down payment on planet saving.  With the end looming, we must slam on civilization's brakes.  Conventional energy and all the technology and machinery dependent must give way to solar panels, windmills, bikes, electric cars (maybe), meatless meals, organic gardens, rationed toilet paper, childlessness (the fewer cows and people, the less flatulence), primitivized buildings, brownouts and rolling blackouts, hemp clothes, flint tools, malnutrition, starvation, hypothermia, heatstroke, and polar icecap and polar bear appreciation days.  If your gut tells you that the Green New Deal is actually destructive of our economy and society, your gut is right.

Climate and COVID: The Erosion of Common Intelligence and Common Sense.  The notorious Texas freeze, to take a recent instance, should have provided abundant evidence that wind and solar are not only weather-dependent and inadequate suppliers of electric power but potentially disastrous; yet many continue to believe that the answer to such emergencies is even more green technology.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, who introduced the Green New Deal in Congress, claims that the infrastructure failures in Texas "are quite literally what happens when you don't pursue a Green New Deal."  The degree of stupefaction here is legendary.  Renewables are not only ill-suited for, but wholly contra-indicated to serving as primary energy sources for industrial societies.

The Great Leap Backward: LaRouche Exposes the Green New Deal.  EIR has released this Special Report to warn of the extreme danger to mankind represented by the Green New Deal, also called "The Great Reset" by the leaders of the World Economic Forum.  These organizers are directed by Britain's Prince Charles, former Bank of England chief Mark Carney, Sir Michael Bloomberg, and Larry Fink, CEO of the $8 trillion Wealth Management Fund BlackRock, among others.  Already being implemented worldwide, this plan is taking over the direction of national economies from sovereign governments, using the power of central banks and the too-big-to-fail private financial institutions, cutting off credit to fossil fuel power generation and to industrial and agricultural enterprises which, in their perverted view, emit too much carbon.  Meanwhile it is creating a new huge bubble in the "sustainable fuel" sector, hoping to prop up the financial system as the current bankrupt system unravels.

An Insider Explains Why Texans Lost Their Power.  [Scroll down]  If this sounds outlandish, here's the head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas:  ["]The fundamental decision made in the middle of the night on Monday to have outages imposed was a wise decision by the operators we have here, Magness said.  If we had waited and not done those outages ... we could have drifted to blackout.  That's not just outages, but we could lose all electricity on system, and it could take months or longer to repair that.["]  With a total ERCOT system failure, as many as 12 million customers and possibly 20 million Texans could be in the cold, in the dark, in their cars with nowhere to go — for months.  Wind power did this to Texas.  Be very afraid of the Green New Deal.

[The] Green New Deal [is] Frozen in its Tracks.  This past week America has been treated to some chilly weather. [...] Kansas City broke a record low temperature set in 1936.  Colorado Springs broke an 1895 record on Valentine's Day.  Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio also broke cold temperature records.  Fort Collins broke a 121-year-old record.  Beyond America, the current Grand Solar Minimum is intensifying and so is winter, cooling the entire Northern Hemisphere. [...] At one time, extreme weather was blamed on global warming, but who could, with a straight face, attribute record setting cold temperatures to a warming planet?  Conveniently the narrative changed a few years ago, just like the First Amendment also conveniently changed. [...] Warming can be cooling and vice versa, under fluid definitions that change based on political circumstances. [...] [NASA] scientist Martin Mlynczak notes that sunspot activity on the surface of the sun has dropped so low that our outer atmosphere is losing heat energy, and that "If trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold."

AOC Brags She Helped Design Biden's Job-Killing Energy Agenda.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) bragged about designing President Joe Biden's job-killing energy agenda after an NBC News reporter pointed out the similarities between it and her Green New Deal.  [Tweet]  We can debate numbers another time.  We all know that killing the Keystone XL Pipeline costs jobs.  But we all knew this would happen.

AOC says Biden's $2T climate push sounds just like her 'Green New Deal'.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took credit Wednesday for President Biden's newly unveiled $2 trillion set of environmental policies, which include eliminating coal, oil and natural gas as electricity sources by 2035.  "It's almost as if we helped shape the platform," Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wrote in a tweet, followed by a winking face emoji.  The tweet was in response to NBC News reporter Geoff Bennett, who noted the similarities between the Biden's executive orders and Democratic socialist AOC's "Green New Deal" proposal Wednesday [1/27/2021].  "It's striking how much of Biden's climate executive actions reflect major elements of the Green New Deal — tackling climate change while addressing economic/racial injustice — without actually *being the Green New Deal.  Some political sleight of hand," Bennett wrote on the social media platform.

2021: The Left Is Serious Now.  Enter, the fictive President Select, Asterisk Joe, the King of Aphasia, that addle-pated masked man, our very own epigone president, Joooey Biden, who has called "climate change" the biggest threat to not only America, but also the world.  As a means to reorder society, you cannot get much better than "climate change" and its prescribed solution, the mirific Green Raw Deal.  Once people accept that it is real, or at least can be forced to obey a new societal regimen as if it were so, it becomes an immediate emergency.  If Americans enjoyed the emergency COVID diktats from our Democrat tyrants, wait until they see the climate lockdowns, where people are not allowed to own a car or drive, gasoline costs $15 a gallon, private air-conditioners are outlawed (for us, not them), and electricity is five times more expensive and rationed.  Our elite overlords will again rule by fiat — all while they accumulate power and wealth for themselves.

Democrat senators are trying to backdoor the Green New Deal.  No matter what former Vice President Joe "I am the Democratic Party" Biden says, the Green New Deal ("TGND") is fully incorporated into the Democrats' platform. [...] Reading backward through time, TGND is also the essence of these related documents:  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015) (the UN's SDGs), which redeveloped and expanded the UN Millennium Declaration (2000) (the MDGs), the Kyoto Protocol (1998), and Rio's UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992).  In Congress, TGND has been in committee since February 2019.  As is true for all these other proclamations of intent, it will never be honestly adopted nor effectively implemented.  Thank goodness for that.  The critical evaluations of its potential cost and uncertain benefit eventually caused every Senator who co-sponsored it to back away when given the opportunity.  But they've not given up.  No, they are sneaking it by bits and pieces into other legislation, hoping that, eventually, TGND will permeate the laws, policies, and budgets of our country.  The most recent example is Core Booker's, Elizabeth Warren's, and Kirsten Gillibrand's draft "Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020."

The Green End Game Runs Through Biden.  With the election of Joe Biden, the environmental movement has now established suzerainty over global economics.  Gone is not only the troublesome Donald Trump but also the Canadian skeptic Steven Harper.  Outside of those dismissed as far-Right, there is virtually no serious debate about how to address climate change in the United States or Western Europe outside the parameters suggested by mainstream green groups.  In reality, though, few electorates anywhere are ready for extreme policies such as the Green New Deal, which, as its widely acknowledged architect, Saikat Chakrabarti, has acknowledged, is really a redder, more openly anti-capitalist version of the Great Depression-era original.  Yet getting hysterical about the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a waste of emotional energy.  The environmental movement's real power derives from those who occupy "the commanding heights" of our society — at the corporate, media, and academic realms.  Though arguably not holding views as economically ludicrous as AOC's, mainstream corporate greens are far more likely to successfully impose their version of environmental justice on the rest of us.

Progressives mainstream communistic Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  Biden is too weak and too senile to fight the hard-left, and there are no moderates left in the entire party.  Did everyone forget what is in the Green New Deal?  It calls for an end to capitalism.  The GND means a complete and speedy overhaul of the nation's energy, transportation, and farming sectors in order to eliminate carbon emissions in the coming decades.  They want to pay people who don't want to work, get rid of all fossil fuels, retrofit every building and home in the country, tell people to take trains instead of planes, offer a communist universal basic income, and getting rid of most cars.  The document also says there will be no nuclear energy, the cleanest energy of all, and there will be carbon taxes and cap and trade.  They later called it a "brainstorming" document but clearly that is where their resolution takes us.  It's flat-out communism.

Biden Prepares To Impose Sweeping Green New Deal Measures On America.  Last Saturday [11/7/2020], [Joe] Biden was unanimously declared as the winner of the 2020 election by a crooked media that ran interference for him throughout the campaign and coordinated to censor a late story on his son Hunter's abandoned laptop.  Nevermind that not one state has certified their elections or the courts have had a chance to rule on multiple legal challenges over irregularities and other fakery, forces that are behind the geriatric gaffe machine are going full speed ahead with their plans.  One of their top priorities is the imposition of socialism upon unsuspecting Americans by using the Green New Deal to capitalize on climate change doomsday scenarios as an excuse to completely remake society which includes controlling how citizens will be allowed to live their lives.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests 'Trump Sycophants' Should Be Held Accountable 'In The Future'.  Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Friday that "Trump sycophants" should be held accountable for their "complicity in the future."  The recently reelected congresswoman tweeted asking whether anyone was keeping track of comments made by "Trump sycophants."  She was likely referring to supporters of President Donald Trump who are alleging that voter fraud is causing the president to fall behind 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Trump has not provided evidence that voter fraud is costing him the election.  "Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future," she asked.  "I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future."

Representative Ocasio-Cortez Requests Immediate Enemies List for Targeting After Biden Takes Office.  New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has requested the immediate assembly of a political enemies list so the far-left can target Trump supporters for elimination.  Not surprisingly former President Obama's data-assembly lead, Michael Simon, affirms the list is already being assembled.  Historically, the elimination of political opposition is a consistent approach by far-leftists who prefer to use ostracization, internment and ultimately extermination to avoid any further impediments upon their quest for ultimate control.  A reference is the Tea Party targeting list used by President Obama through the IRS.  A more recent reference was the call to action by President Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe.

Eight hard questions for the Democrats.  [#3] Why do you support the Green New Deal and the presumption of man-made global warming?  The GND would pole-axe the American economy, even without lockdowns and the rest of the Democrat program.  Yes, the climate is always changing, and it may be getting warmer.  That does not mean that it is caused by human activity or that it can be reversed by our shedding a few centuries of human progress.  Man-made climate change is a weird New Age faith, not anything remotely scientific.  There was so much water stored in immense glaciers only 10,000 years ago, including giant glaciers over Wisconsin, that a land passage existed between Britain and Europe.  Then it melted, and the seas rose, and the English Channel was created, and it was not caused by the campfires of the mammoth-hunters!

The Biden Family Green New Deal.  Some 90% of all US wells are now hydraulically fractured.  Fracked wells in shale formations open up vast supplies of oil, natural gas and petroleum liquids that previously were locked up and inaccessible.  Fracking conventional wells expands and prolongs production, leaving less energy in the ground.  Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, AOC, the Democrat Party and US environmentalists are determined to make climate change, the Green New Deal, and replacing fossil fuels with wind, solar, battery and biofuel power the centerpiece of their foreign and domestic policies.  They would ban fracking outright — or price and restrict it out of existence through a slow, painful death of a thousand regulatory cuts.  That would cost up to 19 million jobs and billions of dollars in annual royalty and tax revenues, send energy prices soaring, and end America's newfound status as the world's foremost oil and gas producer.

A President Biden Would Be Disastrous on Energy.  In the business world, there's a saying that past performance is the best predictor of future results.  I believe that this saying holds true when it comes to the candidates for president of the United States and energy policy.  Consider the past four years under President Trump, a period during which promises made resulted in promises kept.  The United States currently enjoys energy independence and security, clean air and water, abundant natural gas, and affordable prices at the pump.  But if last night's debate is any indicator, a Biden victory would put an end to the energy prosperity the U.S. currently enjoys.  In admitting to the whole country that he would do away with the American oil-and-gas industry, Biden came out as a Green New Dealer.  And that means catastrophe for every American family.

5 Other Things We'll Learn About Biden After The Election.  [#1] Biden is a far-left liberal with a big agenda. [...] The Green New Deal that Biden says he opposes, for example, is contradicted by his own campaign website:  "Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face."  Biden wants to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2035, which is only five years later than the socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.  He plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions for the entire country by 2050, which is the same deadline as the GND. [...] Biden's tax-and-spend plans are just as ambitious, and on social issues, Biden is as leftist as they get.  Should Biden win, he will be able to claim that he has a mandate to do all the things he's never talked about during the campaign.  And the press will be by his side screaming Mandate!  Mandate!

Joe Biden and the Green New Deal.  When asked by moderator Chris Wallace during the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season if he supports the Green New Deal (GND), Joe Biden said, "No, I don't support the Green New Deal."  However, according to his website, "Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.  It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan:  (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected."  In fairness, the Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice does not go nearly as far as the super-radical GND.  In general, Biden's plan does not include the vast array of social programs, such as Medicare for All, a universal basic income, a federal jobs guarantee, free college, etc. that make the GND one of the costliest and most socialistic bills in American history.  Yet, Biden's plan is far from moderate.

Life Under The Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  Dependable coal and natural gas power plants will be replaced by intermittent, weather-dependent wind and solar power; gasoline-powered vehicles with electric models.  That's obvious.  But our nation's abundant coal, oil, natural gas and petroleum liquids provide over 80% of the energy that makes our jobs, lives and living standards possible.  Locking them in the ground will have far-reaching impacts that are far less apparent, and have (deliberately?) received little media attention.  In 2018, America's fossil fuels generated about 2.7 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity.  But almost two-thirds of the nation's non-exported natural gas served industrial, commercial and residential needs — including factories, hospital emergency power systems, and furnaces, ovens, stoves and hot water heaters in restaurants and tens of millions of US homes.  That's equivalent to another 2.7 billion MWh.

Biden's Energy Plan:  Sacrificing Goats to the Sun Gods.  A number of documents have been published by the Biden campaign and the Democratic Party: [...] A lot of the goals in these documents are generalities, promising everything to everyone, especially to groups that vote Democratic.  One concrete goal is carbon-free electricity generation by 2035.  This is a pointless goal on several fronts.  Reducing U.S. CO2 emissions is a pointless exercise due to the fact that declining U.S. emissions are dwarfed by rapidly increasing emissions in China and India.  U.S. emissions are declining due to increased use of natural gas, a low-carbon source of energy.  The claim that CO2 will create an apocalyptic disaster is overwrought, without sound scientific basis.  The Biden campaign ignores the fantastic benefits for agriculture of adding more CO2 to the atmosphere.  The Biden campaign accepts as fact popular fake claims that not even the most extreme climate scientists would dare to advocate — that CO2 will create forest fires, floods, and sea level rise.

Joe Biden disavows Green New Deal co-sponsored by Kamala Harris.  On Tuesday [9/29/2020], during the first (and hopefully last) 2020 presidential debate, Biden stated outright that he does not support the Green New Deal, a preposterous multitrillion-dollar plan to make the American economy more environmentally friendly.  "The Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward," Biden alleged.  "We're not going to build plants that, in fact, are great polluting plants."  Moderator Chris Wallace interjected for clarity, "But do you support the Green New Deal?"  "No," Biden answered definitively.  "I don't support the Green New Deal.  I support the Biden plan that I put forward."  Well, this is awkward, and for a couple of reasons.  First, it seems strange to disavow the Green New Deal after alleging specifically that it will "pay for itself as we move forward."

25 Questions Joe Biden Should Be Asked in the Debate.  Many of these questions were suggested by this author last month, but because they remain unanswered, I offer them again in the hope that Tuesday's debate moderator, Chris Wallace, will question the Democratic nominee with the same enthusiasm he has shown for questioning President Trump. [...] [#17] Your campaign has adopted a version of the Green New Deal that calls for 100 percent renewable electricity generation by 2035.  California has adopted similar "green" goals, but now it can't keep the lights on due to the state's reliance on wind and solar energy.  California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson admitted that the Golden State needs a "backup" plan for energy because the current blackouts caused by lack of wind and overcast skies have shown the danger of relying solely on "green" energy.  Why would the nation fare any better than sunny breezy California in keeping the lights on if we adopt 100 percent renewable energy?

USA cost to go without fossil fuels: $18-29 Trillion.  Today [9/22/2020], the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), released a state-by-state report on the capital cost associated with "electrification" for states and the nation.  The report, and its accompanying data spreadsheet, was authored by Tom Tanton, E&E Legal's Director of Science and Technology Assessment.  According to the report, electrifying the entire nation, with a goal of eliminating the direct consumption of fuel and reducing climate change emissions, would cost between $18 trillion and $29 trillion in first costs.  Going all renewable will force costs to the high end of the range.  Also, constructing and implementing an "all-electric" nation will include two other significant costs:  stranded assets and deadweight losses.

Green Nazi Political Vegetarianism.  Kamala Harris recently warned about the great impact meat production has on planetary ecology and that more vegetables in the American diet would lighten such a detrimental environmental impact.  Such comments are rooted in the Green New Deal that is rigged to drastically reduce livestock production.  Cows in particular are singled out for all of the methane they produce that leads to a significant contribution to greenhouse gases in this country.

Some tough questions for Biden, instead of the softballs the press has been pitching.  [For example,] You have embraced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which proposes banning cars and air travel, as a framework for your energy policy.  On numerous occasions, you've stated support for a fracking ban.  You've since walked back that claim.  What changed your mind, and how will you achieve your promised goal of "a 100 percent clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050" without restricting affordable fossil fuels?

In a makeup video, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complains that no one takes her seriously.  Going the full Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined the crowd:  But unlike the celebs, who don't take themselves too seriously, Ocasio-Cortez sees all sorts of significance in her makeup routine, and demands respect and power for it.  [Video clip]  And she's upset that no one takes her seriously.

Blackouts Matter.  The Green New Deal is not just a fantasy bouncing around the empty head of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  In California it is everyday life.  Given that our states are laboratories for policy, the great state of California has enacted laws that will show us what it's like to live in our renewable energy future.  As of now, the evidence tells us that reducing fossil fuels and eliminating nuclear power leads to rolling blackouts.  California wants us all to return to the state of nature.  It wants to fulfill the leftist [...] dream: of repealing the Industrial Revolution.  In that it is joined by idiot leaders in Western Europe.  Didn't German Chancellor Angela Merkel decide to shut down her nation's nuclear power plants, in order to become more dependent on Russian gas?  This would all be sad if it wasn't pathetic.  As the Western world is involved in a civilizational clash with the nations of Asia, its leftist idiocracy is hard at work on self-sabotage.

Kamala Harris Is Far Worse Than Hillary Clinton.  [Scroll down]  And as a senator, she fully backed the Green New Deal, which is so important to her that she would destroy the filibuster tradition to enact it.  This is a breathtakingly extreme piece of legislation that aims to rewire the U.S. economy along social-justice lines.  Harris would end fracking and quickly zero out carbon-based fuels, leading to catastrophic energy-price hikes and dizzying costs.  One aspect of the proposal, to convert the 83 percent of the U.S. energy supply that is carbon-based to renewables, would cost $2.9 trillion all by itself — nearly a full year's federal tax revenue.  The cost of the whole package is estimated at anywhere from $18 trillion to $93 trillion — enormous sums that would require comparably enormous tax hikes.  That a President Harris would ram this disastrous bill through with only 50 Senate votes (plus, presumably, a tie-breaking vote from her own vice president) is more alarming than anything Hillary Clinton ever proposed.

10 policies Biden and Democrats would ram through after axing filibuster.  Advertised as an ambitious environmental plan by supporters of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it is a grab bag of liberal policy proposals with a price tag that has been estimated at anywhere from $50 trillion to $93 trillion over 10 years.  In addition to zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions, it would "create millions of good, high-paying jobs" and stop, prevent, and repair "oppression."  The only way it could ever pass is without the filibuster.

Joe Biden bends the knee to AOC on climate.  We noted with interest when Biden decided to appoint Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a radical if ever there was one, to co-chair his climate panel.  Now, Biden is out with a revised climate plan that is far to the left of what he had proposed during the primary and much closer to the vision of Ocasio-Cortez's extreme Green New Deal.  In the primaries, Biden ran on a climate plan that would have spent $1.7 trillion over a decade.  His new plan would spend $2 trillion in the first four years.  This is proposed at a time when the United States faces an unprecedented debt that the Congressional Budget Office says is already on track to exceed the World War II record next year.  Previously, Biden vowed for the power sector to be free of carbon emissions by 2050.  Now, he has moved the date up to 2035 (much closer to Ocasio-Cortez's target of 2030).

Bernie's Green New Deal to go 100 percent renewable in 10 years would destroy America.  If socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) is elected, his utopian promise to implement a 10-year Soviet-style Gosplan to end oil and gas consumption — the Green New Deal — will radically transform the U.S. economy, and possibly leave America in the dark and cold.  The plan, according to Sanders' website, calls for "[r]eaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization of the economy by 2050 at latest — consistent with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change goals — by expanding the existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources."  All sources of non-renewable energy accounting for 62 percent of the electricity grid would need to be replaced.  No more coal, natural gas or petroleum based electricity generation.  Those aren't renewable.  In addition, 19 percent of the grid via nuclear power would come to an end, too, even though it doesn't emit carbon.  New nuclear plant construction would cease under the Sanders plan.

The Green New Deal Dress Rehearsal.  More than 1.4 million cases of Wuhan Coronavirus and 106,000 deaths in the United States alone have accompanied stay-home lockdowns, businesses bankruptcies, over 40 million unemployed workers, plummeting tax revenues and unprecedented debt.  Ongoing rioting, vandalism, arson and looting are compounding problems for many cities and minority communities.  But where many see disaster, others see opportunity.  Some want to use the crises to enact laws and welfare programs they could never get otherwise.  More ambitious activists see the lockdown as a blueprint or dress rehearsal for a total energy, economic and lifestyle transformation to "save the planet."  If three months of Covid lockdowns can reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, they argue, permanent fossil fuel bans are not just possible; they should be undertaken immediately.

Green New Deal Would Make Government's Pandemic Footing Permanent.  We know what a crisis looks like.  We know how to define an emergency.  Perhaps we weren't totally sure of these definitions before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on our lives and livelihoods, but we know now.  Yet Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is still using this same rhetoric about urgency and emergency to push his economy-changing climate change agenda.  Biden is effectively trying to shift the focus of our fear from coronavirus to climate change.  It's as though he believes that once this crisis has done with us, the American public will be ready to take their anxiety to a whole new economy disrupting level and tackle climate change as though it too is a coronavirus level crisis.  It isn't.

The Five Worst Types of Virtue-Signaling.  [#3] Virtue-signaling for policies they don't support — and doubling-down: [...] For months, Democrats glorified the Green New Deal.  Any opposition was only the result of greedy capitalists who didn't want people to have clean air or water.  Everyone saw how Democrats really felt when precisely zero of them voted in favor of the legislation.  But Joe Biden continued expressing his support for the Green New Deal, and even double-down by saying the proposal didn't [go] far enough.

If you like the pandemic lockdown, you're going to love the 'Green New Deal'.  When socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first floated her "Green New Deal," it was an intangible vision for society rather than a concrete policy proposal.  Even after the New York Democrat and her acolytes added details (including a ban on airplanes and flatulent cows) in a voluminous range of policies costing an astounding $93 trillion, the idea of running the economy without fossil fuels seemed unthinkable.  Now, however, thanks to the pandemic lockdown of society, the public is in a position to judge what the "Green New Deal" revolution would look like.  It's like redoing this global pandemic and economic slump every year.

Living the Green New Deal.  There is no longer a question of what communists like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez have in mind for the United States of America.  The Green New Deal called for the restraint of the economy on a scale now being suffered by the people of the United States in the current lockdowns imposed by governors nationwide. [...] However, the main point here is if you like life under the lockdown, you will love the Green New Deal proposed by AOC and supported in one form or another by all Democrat presidential candidates.  This is communism and they love it.  In both the Pandemic and the Green New Deal, they seek to order businesses shut down as a means of achieving a political goal, such as the reduction of CO2, something that has tenuous ties (at best) with global warming that has itself been understood as a scam, even by their proponents who changed the criteria from "global warming" to "climate change" to cover for the inability of nature to follow their collectivist dictates and warm to a sufficient degree to cause panic among the people.  The key elements of both the Green New Deal and the Lockdown are reduced economic activity to stave off some crisis that is both unsubstantiated and unverifiable.

The Wu Flu: Even Better than the Green New Deal.  In the West, we've learned that politicians playing on fear of imminent death beats fear of the planet burning up in the unspecified future, when it comes to taking unpopular action.  Just look how successful this pandemic has been: [...] A few of the more enlightened U.S. governors have helped by redefining what constitutes a necessity.  Arguably, people only "need" food, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectants, and maybe a few products that you can't really rope off in Costco or Target.  TVs remain available because a captive population needs brain deadening entertainment.  Closing all commerce was beyond the hopes of anyone who formulated the Green New Deal; telling people to do without everything that they can't get from Amazon — who ever thought the U.S. would go for that?  Of course liquor stores remain open, as do newly legal weed stores, to keep things under control.  Fentanyl-laced heroin is being sold in the usual places, as cops back off crime and focus on arresting citizens out walking, swimming, or rowing; families playing ball; and church goers.

Will the Covid-19 PsyOp succeed?  There's been what I've called a flu d'état — a takeover of our supposedly democratic political process by unelected and unaccountable administrative state medical bureaucrats who are deeply and permanently embedded in the system of modern medicine — a collection of businesses that now consumes about twenty percent of the Gross National Product. [...] Overnight, our society is doing what radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow Green New Deal fanatics have demanded:  An almost total end to air travel; personal automobile travel down to a trickle; promises of free health care for all quickly becoming the new status quo; and the ability of people to sit at home without working and receive a pay check from the government.  The Democrats want that to continue indefinitely.

'Social Action' as a Bogus Alternative to True Education.  "Environmentalism/Sustainability" means the globalist climate change initiative.  It means support for the United Nations Agenda 2030 and a one-world government.  This goes much farther than the onerous elimination of plastic bags at supermarkets.  Rather, it is the incredibly radical Green New Deal that the smug intellectual misfits of the Squad advocate.  It means eliminating autos and airplanes as viable means of transportation.

The America You See Today is the America Envisioned by the Green New Deal.  This is exactly the America envisioned by the Soviet-style "Green New Deal" that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democrat Party rolled out last year:  Less than zero economic growth; dramatically less car travel; dramatically less air travel; a dead tourism industry; the lights in Las Vegas turned off; Times Square a ghost town; Disney World dead and gone; beaches empty of everything but the seaweed that flows in with the tide; churches shut down on Palm Sunday; and the American people frightened and cowering in their homes as they wait for their tiny government checks to arrive.  If they can just find a way to shut down voices like yours and mine on the Internet, they would have exactly the America they have been working towards for their entire adult lives.

Goodbye, Green New Deal.  The current crisis in the U.S. economy is, in miniature but concentrated form, precisely what the Left has in mind in response to climate change:  shutting down large sectors of the domestic and global economies through official writ, social pressure, and indirect means, in response to a crisis with potentially devastating and wide-ranging consequences for human life and human flourishing.  What is under way right now in response to the epidemic is in substance much like the Green New Deal and lesser versions of the same climate-change agenda:  massive new government spending, political control of critical industries, emergency protocols modeled on wartime practice, etc.  But the characters of the two crises are basically different.

McConnell: Democrats Won't Fund Hospitals or Save Businesses 'Unless They Get to Dust off the Green New Deal'.  During a speech on the Senate floor on Monday [3/23/2020], Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [...] said, "Here are some of the items on the Democratic wishlist over which they choose to block this legislation last night.  Tax credits for solar energy and wind energy, provisions to force employers to give special, new treatment to big labor, and listen to this, new emissions standards for the airlines.  Are you kidding me?  This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing whatsoever to do with this crisis?  That's what they're up to over there.  The American people need to know it.  Democrats won't let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal."

Green New Deal Fanatics Have No Concept of What They Propose.  How do they plan to function as modern societies with pricey, erratic energy and frequent power disruptions?  How would they — or America, if the entire USA goes Green New Deal — handle a COVID-27 outbreak?  How would they manufacture cars, airplanes, wind turbines, toilet paper, pharmaceuticals or much of anything else with intermittent energy?  It hasn't worked in Europe, and it won't work here.  Moreover, it's not just replacing today's gas power plant megawatts.  It's doubling today's electricity generation, because Green New Dealers want to replace all fossil fuel use:  gasoline and diesel cars, trucks and buses, home and water heating, factory power, hospital emergency power, and more.  It's tripling current megawatt generation, because they don't like nuclear or hydroelectric power either, and they'll need far more electricity to charge enough batteries to ensure backup power for all the fossil and other power they want to eliminate.  That will require a lot of wind turbines, solar panels and batteries.

'Stop putting out socialist-aligned policies': New EPA chief of staff plans to attack Democrats.  A former top official of President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency is returning to the EPA as chief of staff with a vengeance on Monday, vowing to use the post to promote the president's deregulatory agenda aggressively ahead of the 2020 election while pushing back against Democrats' "socialist-aligned policies."  Mandy Gunasekara is waving off Democratic critics who question whether she will politicize a typically low-key job working as the right-hand woman of administrator Andrew Wheeler.  She comes back to the EPA after spending the past year running a nonprofit organization called Energy 45 out of her home state of Mississippi to promote Trump's fossil fuel-first energy agenda and counter the principles of the liberal "Green New Deal."

How Exactly Do They Plan to Ban Fossil Fuels?  Berkeley, CA, Takoma Park, MD and other cities; California, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and other states; Germany, England and other countries; the European Union — all plan to banish oil, natural gas and coal within 10, 20 or 30 years. [...] How exactly will they make this happen?  Where do they plan to get the turbines, panels and batteries? the raw materials to manufacture them?  How do they plan to function as modern societies with pricey, erratic energy and frequent power disruptions?  How would they — or America, if the entire USA goes Green New Deal — handle a COVID-27 outbreak?  How would they manufacture cars, airplanes, wind turbines, toilet paper, pharmaceuticals or much of anything else with intermittent energy?  It hasn't worked in Europe, and it won't work here.

EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler Pulls Back His Agency's Overreach.  Andrew Wheeler recently completed his first year as the official administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and what a busy year it was.  The EPA now accounts for $6.5 billion in deregulatory savings achieved over the course of President Donald Trump's administration.  A little more than a year ago, The Daily Signal published a piece by one of us about Wheeler's pending confirmation by the Senate.  It noted that the vote would occur as the country was being introduced to the left's radical Green New Deal proposal.  Well, you don't hear as much about the Green New Deal anymore.  While a lot of that has to do with the absurdity of the proposal itself, from gassy cows to transoceanic trains, a good deal of credit is due to the practical success of the Trump administration's environmental agenda.

AOC's Green New Deal would cost $75K per household in first year:  Study.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Green New Deal would cost the average household nearly $75,000 in the first year in key swing states, driving the U.S. economy into a "steep economic depression," according to a study released Wednesday [2/26/2020].  The study, conducted by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, Power the Future, and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, examined the ambitious House and Senate resolution's projected impact on energy costs in 11 states.  In the first year, the Green New Deal would cost a typical household a minimum of $74,287, with annual costs falling to $47,755 per household in the next four years, excluding Alaska, and $40,706 each year thereafter.

Fact Check:  Bernie Sanders Falsely Says Green New Deal Will Create 20 Million Jobs.  Although Sanders has been touting this 20 million figure for months, there is no evidence that the vast changes to the American economy his plan entails would actually add more jobs than it would subtract.  While some new jobs would be created to shift America's economy toward renewable energy, many jobs would also be eliminated.

The Billionaire And The 'Moderates' Are Socialists Too.  Socialism vs. centrism is a charade.  The only choice among all these candidates is between Bernie and Bernie Lite. [...] The Vermont socialist also tried to assuage worries about the Green New Deal, the cost of which could exceed $90 trillion, by promising it would provide "up to 20 million good-paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy," adding, "this is a moral issue, my friends."

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Yes, I would say "20 million good-paying jobs" is right, aside from the atrocious grammar, because spending $90 trillion to produce 20 million jobs means the jobs cost $4,500,000 each, paid for by the rest of us.

How Climate Hysteria & Left-Wing Extremism May Turn The U.S. Into A Socialist Nightmare.  Bernie Sanders's victory in New Hampshire on top of his tie in Iowa makes him a favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Hard to believe, but in a winnable race against President Trump the opposition may nominate a socialist who wants the government to control energy production and health care, who wants nationwide rent control, and who calls America a "racist society from top to bottom." [...] A generation of apocalyptic climate education has made what was a matter of temperatures and scientific modeling into a cultural identity.  No dissent is tolerated, and the solutions must be radical and immediate.  Mr. Sanders was quick to sense the political possibility and grab onto the Green New Deal.

America Rising Launches Website to Expose the Dangers of the Green New Deal.  Self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) emerged victorious from the New Hampshire primary last night.  In the spirit of the Democratic Party's embrace of a socialist candidate, America Rising Squared, a GOP powerhouse group, launched a new resource-heavy website to expose the dangers of the Green New Deal.  The Green New Deal is championed by Sen. Sanders and his progressive allies, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).  The legislative pipe-dream would wreak havoc on the American economy as we know it, destroy the energy sector and put the United States on the fast-track to socialism, all on the backs of taxpayers.

Brief Details How The 'Green New Deal' Would Be An Environmental Disaster.  A new Heartland Institute Policy Brief warns that the implementation of the "Green New Deal" (GND), introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and championed by other leading members of the Democratic Party, would cause serious environmental and ecological harm.  This is primarily due to the massive land use of "renewable" energy sources such as wind and solar power and the amount of rare earth minerals that would need to be mined to manufacture these energy sources.  The Brief, authored by Paul Driessen, a policy advisor to the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, notes that the GND has already been "roundly criticized for the astronomical costs it would impose upon factories, businesses, households, hospitals, and virtually every other sector of the U.S. economy, as well as for the economic devastation it would inflict."

A Century of Democrat Socialism.  Now we are in 2020 and see that the Democratic Party has identified itself with proponents of the so-called Green New Deal.  In reality, it has joined with the hard left that has, since 1912 and later in 1948 and in 2018, called for government ownership of huge sectors of the economy which are listed here.  In the Green New Deal proposals, our chief concern is that section which reads, "providing and leveraging, in a way that ensures that the public receives appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment, adequate capital (including through community grants, public banks, and other public financing), technical expertise, [and] supporting policies, ...."  The key word in this "Green" obscurantist lingo is "ownership."  Healthcare, agriculture, energy production (gas, electricity, oil), education, technology, and who knows what else will be owned by the government in the name of "climate change" to insure the well-being of American citizens and of the world.  Climate change has become the buzzword substituting for the longstanding Marxist "class struggle."

Portland Passes "Green New Deal" Carbon Tax, First Of Its Kind in the Nation.  Referring to it with happy little buzzwords such as "climate justice," the city of Portland will soon be implementing the first (and hopefully only) "green new deal" carbon tax in the nation, which city "leaders" estimate will suck $60 million out of the economy.  The money will allegedly be going toward "creating" "green energy" jobs.  They say the tax will only affect The Evil Corporations™ specifically referring to Walmart.

The Green Road to Serfdom.  What is new about this particular paean is how quickly it dispenses with the climate change façade to get to the activists' real agenda:  pushing bright-red socialism with a dab of green paint.  The Green New Deal sweeps away the Left's delicate 40-year plan to convince Americans that global warming has absolutely, positively nothing to do with socialism and goes for the jugular:  ["]The need for a Green New Deal is more pronounced than ever, as marginalized communities are impacted by intersecting crises of climate change, increasing income/wealth inequality, and rising white nationalism and neo-fascism.["]  And here you thought that climate change had something to do with the climate.  That's a big admission, considering just how often liberals once dismissed conservative climate skepticism as "right-wing conspiracy theories," as Salon put it in 2015.  In 2013, Britain's Guardian chided center-right fears of "watermelons" — green on the outside, red on the inside — as requiring "an impressive degree of paranoia."  And, of course, there's the Left's favorite blanket phrase for shutting up non-believers:  "climate change deniers."

Educational Deficiencies Lead to Doomsday Projections.  Using microscopic sound bites from vast data on social media from celebrities like Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand, and Meryl Streep that the Earth will end in ten years is an insult to the intellect of our students and educational system.  So, if we're not educated by reviewing wider ranges of available data, to see when and where climate changes have and are occurring, then we better start educating the world of upcoming social changes trying to live on electricity alone.  Today, it's the Green New Deal and the Paris Accord that promotes electricity as the worlds' savior to replace fossil fuels that are taking the brunt of the blame for the recent changes in climate.  The doomsday prognostications have quickly chosen the need to eliminate our use of fossil fuels and replace it with electricity.

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Electricity doesn't just materialize out of nowhere.  Is the power usually on at your house, 24 hours a day?  If so, it's because you don't rely on windmills and solar panels.  Follow the wires (and the money) back from your house to the power plant, and ask a few questions.  What fuel is being used to generate electricity in your city?  Chances are, it's the most cost-effective fuel available, which usually means coal or natural gas.

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to boost broadband access, break up internet and cable titans.  ernie Sanders unveiled a plan Friday [12/6/2019] to expand broadband internet access as part of a push to boost the economy and reduce corporate power over Americans.  In his sprawling "High-Speed Internet for All" proposal, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate calls to treat internet like a public utility.  His campaign argues that the internet should not be a "price gouging profit machine" for companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.  Sanders' plan would create $150 billion in grants and aid for local and state governments to build publicly owned broadband networks as part of the Green New Deal infrastructure initiative.  The total would mark a massive increase over current funding for broadband development initiatives.

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Bernie Sanders wants the Internet to go faster, reach more people, and get cheaper, without private investors making a profit.  Nothing of the sort will ever happen without private investors.  Bernie Sanders apparently hopes you don't understand capitalism.  And if you attended public schools, you probably don't.

Republicans Will Live to Regret Joining Climate Alarmists.  [Scroll down]  The data are overwhelming that implementing the proposals of climate alarmists — i.e., drastically cutting down or eliminating fossil fuels — will devastate Western economies.  According to a recent report by the conservative American Action Forum, the Green New Deal will cost up to $93 trillion.  Canada has instituted policies that severely constricted the ability of Western Canada to market its oil and gas.  Eric Denhoff, a former deputy minister of Alberta wrote:  "With more than 150,000 unemployed in a persistent, unbelievably long-running recession, Alberta has faced thousands of bankruptcies, a huge increase in suicides, and a tremendous loss of long-term capital investment that scares the bejesus out of the business community." Kevin O'Leary, founder of the O'Leary financial group, said Alberta and the West "don't have their engine of growth anymore" because "Trudeau hates energy."  Canada, he notes, has been the the poorest place of all the G7 countries to invest your money over the last four years.

10 Things Climate Alarmists Don't Want You to Be Thankful For.  [#8] Failure of the Green New Deal:  The Heartland Institute celebrated that "Americans unequivocally rejected the Green New Deal," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's plan to change the entire economy — I mean, "save the earth."  Her resolution called for rebuilding every single building in America, among many other things.  It has been estimated to cost between $49.109 trillion and $93 trillion — and there's good reason to believe both are underestimates.  The first five years of the Green New Deal would cost $250,000 per household, on average.  Even taxing the rich at 100 percent would fall trillions short of the bill.  The U.S. Senate rejected the Green New Deal, and the House has not yet voted on it.  Sadly, I think this video celebrating its defeat is premature.  Many of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have endorsed the Green New Deal or some version of it.

10 questions to ask your climate alarmist friends.  [#5] What's your plan to replace the 80% of our energy that comes from fossil fuels?  Thus far, no one promoting the Green New Deal, Paris climate accord, or other large-scale environmental programs has proposed a concrete plan to take wind and solar power from 3% to 100%.  If tens of billions of subsidies haven't made it happen, what will?

Shaking Down the Rich Is Bad for Democracy.  Forget whether the math works.  (It doesn't.)  Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy.  One of the more exhausting rituals of presidential campaign season is the effort to make every new proposal "add up."  Sure, it's better that politicians try to come up with a plan to pay for their wish lists.  The problem is that the explanations are often a disguise that make the impossible seem possible, even practical.  Fake budgets are the tribute that pandering pays to pragmatism.  You could confiscate the wealth of every billionaire and centimillionaire in the country and it wouldn't come close to paying for Medicare for All or the Green New Deal.

Democrats Are Failing the Reality Test.  It's hard to think of a major Democrat issue and proposed solution that is not a fake.  It's an emergency.  What's the emergency?  Everything.  The planet, white privilege, transgender rights, Nazi policies on the border, killer cops.  A health care crisis so dire the government must ban private insurance, private doctors, and private hospitals.  Most of all President Trump is a walking emergency.  His voters are hate-filled bigots who love his authoritarian tendencies.  They are a danger to our democracy.  Democrat fixes are a list of economic and physical impossibilities.  Ban oil, gas, and coal; make health care and college "free"; hand out reparations for slavery.  They promise they will raise all the money from billionaires' spare change.  The Democrats running for president in 2020 don't talk about normal issues — jobs and national security.  They have nothing to say about opportunities for minorities.

Clearing the Air on Climate Change.  [Scroll down]  The presumed primary human sources of global warming are "greenhouse" gases — primarily CO2, but also methane and other gases.  CO2 emissions have been mostly driven by energy production.  The world's largest producer (by far) of greenhouse gases, accounting for approximately 26.83 percent of all emissions, is China.  The United States produces about 14.36 percent, and the EU about 9.66 percent. [...] With the U.S. only producing about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, what, exactly, is the $5 to $16 trillion that most of the leading Democratic presidential candidates want us to spend over the next decade to fight global warming really going to be buying us?  We're not going to get to zero emissions and still preserve life as we know it (such as a reliable 24/7 power grid and being able to consume meat and dairy products).  But even if we can reduce our 14 percent by 90 percent, what would that actually mean in terms of global temperature, and would the presumed benefits be worth anywhere near the financial cost (let alone reduced living standards and personal freedom)?

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The primary greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is water vapor, which comes from the oceans and the lakes, and can never be stopped, no matter how many laws are passed.  The warming of the earth is the direct result of sunlight (obviously) and the output power of the Sun is not constant.  There is nothing you can do about that, either.  So the Earth may warm a little or cool a little over the remainder of your lifetime, and in either case, you just have to deal with it.

In Virginia, Democrats use Green New Deal to turn red to blue.  Democrats who ran on newly-progressive platforms, like the Green New Deal, and made major gains in the Virginia state government on Tuesday credit those approaches as part of the reason for their successes at the close of expensive and ultra-competitive races.  Democratic proponents and activists argue that a party-wide adoption of the state's Green New Deal plan helped the party flip six seats in the state's House of Delegates and two in the Senate.  The Virginia Democratic Party rolled out its support for the plan in September in the run-up to the election.  Similar to the Green New Deal legislation introduced to Congress, Virginia's plan calls for net-zero emissions by 2050 and the creation of jobs in renewable energy sectors, while pursuing vast social welfare programs.

Green New Deal Dems Toss Their Support Behind Report Pushing To Fast-Track Population Control.  Several high-profile Democrats who back the so-called Green New Deal are now apparently supporting a new report calling for a dramatic reduction in the world's population to stave off a climate crisis.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey retweeted links to a report signed by more than 11,000 scientists who argue that the population "must be stabilized — and, ideally, gradually reduced — within a framework that ensures social integrity."  The report, published Tuesday [11/5/2019] in the journal BioScience, also calls for the wholesale dumping of fossil fuels and the emergence of green energy.

Orwellian Fear Reigns in Vermont.  The latest fear is the end of the world in 12 years.  This is based on a single "study," though it is impossible to predict such a timeline.  Using Greta Thunberg floating over the ocean as a pawn, Vermont's "climate change warriors" launched a fear campaign, enlisting school-skipping students to block traffic and disrupt businesses, with government support.  (The Rule of Law must not be allowed to get in fear's way.)

Climate Change Extremism Isn't Popular, And It Never Will Be.  Even if one believes in catastrophic man-made climate change and supports policies to limit or reverse it, there's only so much the average person is going to do.  Skipping work to indulge extremists demonstrating on top of a train simply isn't an option for most people.  Neither is going without electricity or forgoing air travel.

Proving a Negative.  The Democrats' affection for the ill-conceived, fantastical Green New Deal is an example of unintellectual wishful thinking pushing aside factual reality.  So-called "sustainable, renewable" fuels are simply not economically viable in today's energy market without heavy government subsidies.  It's just too expensive.  For example, electric cars still only represent a 2% share of the U.S. auto market, despite all the frenzied attention, government subsidies and publicity they've received.  Battery technology remains too expensive and too short-lived for electric vehicles to be affordable for the mass market and for drivers to have a reliable, confidence-inspiring range of over 400 miles.  A comprehensive, country-wide recharging infrastructure still doesn't exist, so regardless of their range or the affordability of the purchase price, without the assurance of being able to "refuel" anywhere away from home, electric cars are sentenced to only really being suitable for around-town/recharge-at-home use.

The time has come for President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act.  The attempt to impeach the president on no reasonable or substantial grounds is merely another frantic yet tenacious effort by the coup-obsessed Left to unravel the fabric of a constitutional republic.  This is plainly the purpose behind the Democrat's infamous Green New Deal inspired by the U.N.'s Agendas 21 and 2030 which, under the guise of sustainable development, lay out a plan for the punitive regulation of reliable energy sources, the elimination of private property, redistribution of personal wealth, restriction of due process and, of course, the diminishment of American dynamism and prestige.  It is a program that perfectly encapsulates the overarching agenda of the political Left, namely, a protracted war on the free enterprise system and the emasculation of the Constitution of the United States, to be accomplished under the stewardship of a plutocratic elite.

Ignorance Is Not Bliss:  Our Dumbing-Down in Time for AOC.  Meanwhile, while we are talking about leadership, let's not forget AOC and her "Squad" and the "Green New Deal."  This is her plan to completely stop using fossil fuels and eating meat within the next 11 years.  This, supposedly, is necessary to save the planet from destruction.  I don't want to get too far into the weeds on this, but it's the most idiotic plan in the history of modern civilization.  It's just mind-blowingly stupid. [...] AOC has basically presented a fantasy vision of the world to the American public.  It's just not grounded in reality.  But a very large percentage of voters — 25 percent by some measurements — think this fantasy is real and that AOC could pull it off.  This is sad and dangerous.  I shudder when I think of how this stunning ignorance would play out in a war or peace situation for this country.

The Green New Deal Is The Old Agenda 21.  Like the current clown-car group of Democrat presidential candidates and Hollywood liberals who fly private jets to climate conferences, Thunberg's fossil-fuel supported stunt was not about climate and not about real sacrifice.  It was about shaming the Industrial Revolution and capitalism, things which have reduced planetary poverty to historic lows and fueled technologies that have raised the global standard of living to historic highs that more people than ever before share in.  It is not about climate.  It is about creating a climate of fear, a picture of imminent planetary doom that can only be forestalled by government's control of every aspect of our lives from the energy we use, to the food we eat, to the land we use, to our modes of transportation.. Everything from cows to combustion engines are bad.

The Complete American Disassembly Manual.  [Scroll down]  If you plan on taking coal plants from their owners, remodeling houses whether owners like it or not (as the Green New Deal advocates), confiscating cars, confiscating foodstuff or animals either from consumers or the producers of same — all these things are in contravention of the 4th amendment.  You cannot just take people's things at your own whim with no rationale other than you want them because your cause of the moment demands it.

Beware of the adults who want to lead our children, and use them to destroy liberty.  [Scroll down]  Right now one of the biggest environmental causes at the moment is the very communist-socialist concept that is named the "Green New Deal" (by the way it does not impress our young environmentalist leader), which is not about saving the planet but rather setting back the human race a thousand years or so when we did not have electricity or food that could actually kill us and not because it's processed but it was rancid.  Even the food inspectors will not be able to help the masses should the Green Statists have it their way... and chances are those very same statists will be able to enjoy the comforts of electricity and healthier food (processed or not) as they rule over the masses with Iron Fists of greater power.  It seems they will never be happy until the masses are miserable... and even then they are not happy, but want to impose more suffering.

Climate Change and the Democrats.  Dream up a problem such as Climate Change, and I will guarantee you that it will be years before Climate Change is solved by technology.  Though when I ponder some of the solutions now being offered for Climate Change, it might be worth the wait.  Consider Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She has dreamed up a vast scheme.  She calls it the Green New Deal.  It envisages all our homes and office buildings and even factories being revised and rebuilt according to her green code.  Others are more moderate.  They would only wipe out the commercial airline industry, though the automobile industry could be next.  Already there is an ambitious plan afoot in our country to end the life of the plastic straw.  Oh, yes, there is another problem with Climate Change.  It is not a winning issue with the electorate.

Levin: The Green New Deal is 'the old Red movement dressed up as a Green movement'.  Wednesday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin lit into the mainstream media and Democrat presidential candidates using Hurricane Dorian to try to turn climate change into a free pass for limitless government spending.  "It's the old Red movement dressed up as a Green movement," Levin said.  "It's anti-capitalism, and again, the scholarship that I did on this is really quite clear.  It's unassailable.  Like Marxism, like so-called democratic socialism, this is imported from Europe.  Most specifically, it's imported from Germany, this ideology.  And what it's about, ladies and gentlemen, is hijacking the environmental movement, hijacking the issue of health and safety, and camouflaging it on behalf of socialism/Marxism. [...]"

Joe Biden Just Lost Any Claim To Being A Moderate With His Embrace Of The Green New Deal.  We hear a lot about former VP and 2020 candidate Joe Biden's "electability."  This so-called electability stems from the idea that Biden is a return to a more moderate Democratic party, and away from the infection of radicalism that has seized it.  But anyone who was leaning on Biden for centrism is gravely mistaken, and it's proven with his nod toward Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal."  In fact, Biden not only thinks it doesn't go too far, it doesn't go far enough, according to the Daily Wire.

Sleepy Joe Biden Says That The 'Green New Deal' Doesn't Go FAR ENOUGH.  [Scroll down]  You remember the Green New Deal, don't you?  It was cooked up by AOC and her Democratic Socialist buddies — like the guy on her team who eventually became a liability for one-too-many scandals.  That same Saikat Chakrabarti, who was her Chief-of-Staff, accidentally let the cat out of the bag on the REAL intention of the Green New Deal.

Bernie Sanders: '...When We Pass The Green New Deal and Medicare for All, We Will:  Save the Planet'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders sent out a Tweet on Tuesday [9/3/2019] responding to a Tweet from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in which McConnell said that Democrats who want to enact The Green New Deal and Medicare for All seek "to turn America into a socialist country."  Sanders argued that those programs would "save the planet."

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AOC Goes Full Soviet Art For Green New Deal.  So, did AOC's campaign or office hire a bunch of artists to create these posters in order to raise money for her campaign, under the guise of supporting the Green New Deal?  When that poster is purchased, who gets the money?  Conveniently, AOC doesn't tell us where the money is going.  Which means that the only person profiting from these posters is her.  Everyone else signed up to draw pictures for "the cause," and AOC, being more equal by virtue of her elected office, probably gets to pocket the profit.  Second, the congresswoman claims that the art is inspired by the "New Deal" art.  You know what else it looks like?

The Misanthropic Bankers Behind the Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  When we begin to pull back the curtain we quickly run into figures like Prince Charles, who recently met with the heads of 18 Commonwealth countries to consolidate climate emergency legislation which was promptly passed in the UK and Canadian Parliaments.  At the end of the meeting Charles said that we "have 18 months to save the world from climate change" and called for "increasing the amount of private sector finance flowing towards the supporting sustainable development throughout the commonwealth".  Following the royal decree, the Bank of England and some of the dirtiest banks in the Rothschild-City of London web of finance have promoted "green financial instruments" led by Green Bonds to redirect pension plans and mutual funds towards green projects that no one in their right minds would ever invest in willfully.  The Ecological, Social, Governance Index (ESGI) has now been set up across 51% of Germany's banks including the derivatives-bomb waiting to blow named Deutschebank.

The Left's Neverland.  When Barrack Obama said he wanted to "fundamentally change" America, he wasn't bluffing.  When he'd stick out his chin and say, "That's not who we are," he wasn't talking about us; he was talking about the citizens of his make-believe land which I'll name "Neverland."  The name is suitable in many ways.  In the first place, it isn't real and never will be.  Even if the Democrats win in 2020, and even if they slap the Green New Deal into place, Neverland will never be the utopia the left envisions because socialist utopias never are.  They routinely end in poverty, tyranny, and death.

Bernie Sanders: The $6 Trillion Man.  One of the four leading Democrats running for president, Bernie Sanders announced this week that, if elected, he'll spend $16.3 trillion over the next decade to decarbonize the economy.  That's a big number.  But it's only one of Sanders' "bold" plans that, when added up, would more than double the size of the federal government.  The details of Sanders' "Green New Deal" aren't particularly important.  Suffice it to say, the plan is stuffed to the brim with pie-in-the-sky assumptions and massive new government programs.  The Democratic senator wants to spend $681 billion on a "vehicle trade-in program," another $407 billion to replace school buses, $216 billion to replace every truck.  That's all on just one page of his Green New Deal plan.

Sanders puts out massive plan to fight climate change.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, on Thursday [8/22/2019] unveiled his sweeping Green New Deal to tackle climate change, a plan he says would take on "the single greatest challenge facing our country" and create 20 million jobs.  "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America — and really, in the history of humanity.  The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future, but we must act immediately," said Sanders.

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Can Bernie Sanders prove there is a "climate crisis," or any extraordinary change in world-wide weather?  Yes, it's a lot hotter than it was six months ago, but that's a condition called, "summer."  What exactly will 20 million people do, that will stop the climate from changing?  Who will pay these 20 million people?  What are those 20 million people doing today?  Must they all earn a "living wage?"  Will they all qualify for paternity leave, taxpayer-funded abortions, and sex-change operations?  Must they all be U.S. citizens?  Will they all be unionized, so that a large portion of their dues will go straight to the Abortion Party?  Is the weather really the "the single greatest challenge facing our country?"  Not China, Iran, or North Korea?  Not Islam, Antifa, or Fake News?  The answers should be obvious.

Ocasio-Cortez adrift without Chakrabarti.  Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a name that's highly recognizable to the general public. [...] One name you're likely not familiar with is Saikat Chakrabarti. [...] He served as the chief of staff to Ocasio-Cortez up until August 2, 2019 and penned the Marxist daydream known as the Green New Deal.  Initially, the Green New Deal was pitched as an environmental utopia where fossil fuels, common transportation, and even beef was eradicated.  Never mind countless issues with the bill, the $92-trillion price tag over ten years, or the fact that it did not receive a single vote in the Senate.  Chakrabarti confirmed to the Washington Post that the GND initially wasn't penned with a shred of environmental concern after all.  Chakrabarti stated that "it wasn't originally a climate thing at all... we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing."  So, the Green New Deal was never about climate change.  Instead, it was about economic takeover and restructuring.  But it seems that nobody cares, particularly the major news networks.

Voters Defeat 'Green New Deal' Advocate in Los Angeles City Council Race.  Republican John Lee defeated Democrat Loraine Lundquist on Tuesday [8/13/2019] in a special election for a vacant northwest San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles City Council in which the Democrat backed L.A.'s version of the "Green New Deal."  Lundquist, an academic, supported L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to shutter three natural gas power plants and replace them with wind and solar power, though officials said that would be insufficient for the city's needs.

Germany's renewable energy program, Energiewende, is a big, expensive failure.  After reading this post, or better yet the original 44-page document, you'll understand why the Green New Deal is a bad idea.

AOC's Green New Deal would cost $70K-plus per household in first year:  Study.  In five model states — Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Pennsylvania — the ambitious resolution aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2030 would come at a high price to consumers, said researchers at the free-market groups Power for the Future and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  "Economists and experts have been warning us for months about the devastating effects of the Green New Deal, and now we have the numbers to prove it," said Daniel Turner, Executive Director of Power the Future.

Conference Urges Republicans to Reject the Left on Climate Change.  Republican office-holders need to stop trying to appease the left on climate-related issues by embracing ideas such as a watered-down version of the prohibitively expensive Green New Deal, participants heard July 25 at the 13th International Conference on Climate Change, hosted by the Heartland Institute in Washington. [...] President Donald Trump has attacked the proposed Green New Deal, which left-wing activists and politicians tout as a way to revitalize the economy and as a necessary step to secure the planet's future.  Critics say it would radically restructure the U.S. economy and wipe out trillions of dollars in wealth.

Democrats candidates have embraced four ideas that could end America as we know it.  [#1] The Green New Deal: [...] The cost of the Green New Deal is estimated to be somewhere around 93 trillion dollars, which is roughly 21 times bigger than the budget of the federal government.  As a practical matter, this number is so big that it's worth asking whether it's even POSSIBLE to borrow enough money to pay for it over ten years' time.  Getting beyond that, the bill and the FAQ that initially came with it before it was withdrawn because it was so controversial, proposes that we get rid of airplanes, cows, and cars while upgrading every building in the United States and becoming free of carbon emissions in 10 years without nuclear power, despite the fact that this is impossible with the current level of technology possessed by human beings.

CNN to host climate crisis town hall with 2020 Democratic candidates.  CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis. [...] President Donald Trump has pledged to leave the Paris climate accord and has said he does not believe government reports that cast grave warnings about the effects of climate change.  The most prominent proposal put forth by Democrats and backed by multiple presidential candidates has been the Green New Deal, the renewable-energy infrastructure investment plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

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[#1] There is no climate crisis.  [#2] I don't believe those "government reports" either.  [#3] AOC is a poorly-educated simpleton who doesn't realize that even a fraction of the Green New Deal will wreck the U.S. economy.

The Green New Deal was never about climate change; it's just AOC's excuse to destroy America's economy.  In Europe, you will often hear politically savvy people refer to Green Party politicians as "watermelons."  The reason is that although they might be environmentalist "green" on the outside, these leftists are secretly communist red if you look beneath the surface. [...] The case of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, is different in that she openly advertised herself as a socialist in a country with a well-grounded historical aversion to such alien ideologies.  But her grand policy initiative, the $93 trillion Green New Deal, was still billed as if it were a legitimate environmentalist idea.  We were supposedly trying to save the world from imminent destruction.  As Ocasio-Cortez herself put it, "We're, like, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change."

When Does the Deep State Morph into the Police State in Our Country?  [Scroll down]  Most alarming, the majority of policies advocated by Democrats involves the federal government becoming more involved in an increasingly pervasive way in our lives.  Underlying their support of the Green New Deal, identity politics, a socialist-style economy, government control of health care, open borders, and attacks on the First and Second Amendments all add up to a substantial loss of our personal freedoms.  These policies involve moving daily decision-making from an individual to a government imposing ever increasing numbers of laws to regulate behavior.  Creating new government rules and regulations brings along mechanisms for compliance and enforcement and an increased stratification of society between an elite that rules and masses that must obey the rules.  This will grow the power of a larger and permanent Washington administrative bureaucracy.

Debate 2: The Party from Lovetron Practices Interplanetary Funkmanship.  [Scroll down]  Yet terra firma-grounded voters understand that border officials are overwhelmed due to Democrats' cynical refusal to adjust asylum policies or fund true border security. [...] What else do [sensible voters] know?  There's not nearly enough evidence that climate change is "an existential crisis" to justify upending America's hard-won energy security, ditching plane travel, retrofitting every building nationwide or wasting money on inefficient, intermittent, and land-hogging and despoiling wind and solar.

The Dems' 2020 Election Strategy.  [Scroll down]  Green New Deal.  The world to end in twelve years if we do not outlaw meat, plastic straws and bags, raise taxes by the trillions to retrofit every building in America.  Presumably require that all cattle be force-fed tablets of Tums or spoonsful of Mylanta to control their flatulence and breaking bad.  End reliance not only on coal but also on oil and even on clean natural gas.  Rather, more solar energy like the advances charted by Solyndra.  More windmills.

Cloward-Piven Strategy.  The Cloward-Piven Strategy was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse initiatives — mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse in an effort to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet.  Cloward and Piven calculated that the flood of demands which they were recommending would break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down.  Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown — providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change.  That was the theory.

Democrats:  The 'Post-Truth' Party.  [Scroll down]  Post-truth thinking is why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk can claim that because of the man-made climate change myth — a result of the "greatest scandal in the history of science," which has led to "the greatest scientific fraud of all time" — the Earth is soon doomed unless we adopt a socialist green agenda.  Post-truth thinking gave us the Green New Deal, which, though Democrats presented it as realistic public policy, as John Zmirak correctly notes, is nothing more than "a delusional wish list, a ransom note pasted together with clipped out words from storybooks and glued in place with bubblegum."

California's Progressive Betrayal.  The recent California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco exposed the divide between the state's progressive and working-class voters.  Progressives, in their militant certitude, support left-wing policies that often don't affect them; it's the working class that suffers the consequences of these proposals.  But the Green New Deal, widely embraced by party leaders, pushed too far, triggering a backlash at the convention.  The state's private-sector labor unions, notably the building trades, organized a "Blue Collar Revolution" protest against the Democrats' climate legislation.  The Democrats are calling for the elimination of fossil fuels by 2030, which would result in California's immiseration, especially for workers in the state's energy-production sector, the nation's fourth-largest.  In 2012, the oil and gas industry employed over 400,000 Californians, but these workers — unionized and well-paid — can expect pink slips with the green package.

Liz Warren Pitches Climate Change 'Jobs' Plan.  It Costs $2 Million Per Job.  Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren laid out her $2 trillion plan to fight global warming while creating jobs, mirroring the goals of the highly-publicized Green New Deal.  Warren, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, proposed Tuesday [6/4/2019] three major policy programs to spend $2 trillion over a decade to create one million jobs — that comes out to one job for every $2 million spent.

'Low-Cost' Renewable Energy Is Breathtakingly Expensive.  How often do we hear proponents of renewable energy claiming that wind and solar power are the lowest-cost power sources on offer?  Hardly a day goes by without these ideological zealots offering one or another discredited argument that their favored sources are not only necessary to save the planet from some existential climate catastrophe, but also lower-cost than conventional power sources.  These outlandish claims got a major boost when a freshman House of Representatives member unveiled her "Green New Deal," which absurdly claimed that the world would end in 12 years unless the U.S. made a crash effort to radically transform its economy in the next ten years.  That transformation would entail, in addition to a lengthy list of inane ideas, complete elimination of beef and dairy cattle, elimination of air travel in favor of high-speed ground transport options, and complete conversion of all power generation to renewable sources like wind and solar power.

AOC's Latest 'Green New Deal' Price Tag? $10 Trillion Just 'To Have A Shot.'  As The Daily Wire reported back in February, socialist congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) harrowing capitulation to enviro-statist radicalism known as the "Green New Deal" was calculated, by conservative-leaning economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, to cost somewhere between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over the course of a decade.

Why a carbon tax and the Green New Deal will never resonate with voters.  Is there any chance environmentalists will recognize the humanitarian imperative of using fossil fuels?  Certainly not, if climate activists cling to the notion that carbon taxation must be a top priority in the presidential race.  It's a sign of our disordered political times that 11 Democratic Party presidential hopefuls have endorsed the Green New Deal, a climate resolution calling for a national mobilization against fossil fuels at a cost estimated as high as $93 trillion.  Environmentalists who will make up an important part of the troops on which the Democratic Party is relying in its effort to defeat Trump maintain that a combination of conservation and renewables alone will be enough to meet America's energy needs.

AOC's Green New Deal could have Dems facing blue-collar backlash at polls, some say.  California knows about fault lines.  And political observers in the Golden State say the Democrats' proposed Green New Deal may be a fault line that splits the party's support — in California and elsewhere.  The environmental high-mindedness of the plan for combatting climate change — put forth by Democratic U.S. Reps.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ed Markey of Massachusetts — appeals to the "elite" professionals the party has been courting for years.  But the potential disruption for the American labor, in which untold numbers of employees might have to transition from "old economy" jobs to "green economy" jobs, may be offputting for many blue-collar workers — potentially turning many of them away from Democratic candidates at the polls, some political observers say.

Biden embraces [his] own version of Green New Deal to please AOC and radical left.  Not wanting to be left behind as Democratic presidential hopefuls move further and further left and seek to outdo each other with ever-more radical, expensive and impractical policies, former Vice President Joe Biden announced a fantasy plan Tuesday to combat climate change.  The immediate goal of the plan seems to be to curry the favor of self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and supporters of her "pie-in-the-sky" (Michael Bloomberg's words, not mine) Green New Deal.

Power in the Democratic Party has shifted upstarts like AOC - and Biden is trying to mimic her.  Officially, the Democratic Party is led by people old enough to remember the Korean War, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.  But in reality, power has shifted.  The real leaders of the party today are young pioneers, radicals like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  They're the ones who determine the agenda in the party.  For example, six months ago, nobody had ever heard of the Green New Deal.  And now Joe Biden feels obligated to mimic it.  On Tuesday, Biden revealed his own climate plan.

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NY's green new dud.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's Public Service Commission (PSC) in August 2016 ordered utilities and large electricity customers to subsidize new renewable projects by purchasing credits, with an eye toward having half the state's electricity come from renewables by 2030.  Cuomo has recently touted the policy as part of his version of a "Green New Deal," and hiked the 2030 renewable target to 70 percent.  The PSC doesn't calculate the total cost of its renewable mandate and utilities are prohibited from showing ratepayers the impact on their bills.  But based on the number of RECs utilities must buy and the price at which they were being sold by the state Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the mandate will cost about $50 million this year and rise to more than $100 million by 2021.

Why Climate Skepticism Thrives.  No planes, no cars that run on gas, no nuclear energy, and no fossil fuels.  That is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's (D-NY) crazy plan for America's future.  Little does she understand that almost all products that we use on a daily basis are made from derivatives of fossil fuels, especially petroleum.  From our iPhones to our eye glasses, from our cars to our car tires, our roads, our dresses, our shoes, our makeup, and most household wares, almost all are made from fossil fuel derivatives.  Abandoning fossil fuel means abandoning all these things, including the climate protestors' placards.  But set aside the Green New Deal.  Even relatively milder climate policies demand changes in our society that will have catastrophic effects on the energy sector.  The call for a transition to renewables is a call to restrict all our energy demand to intermittent, expensive, unreliable energy sources that cannot support a major city even on their best days.

Stealth AOC 'Green New Deal' now the law in New Mexico.  By now, the public is well aware of the "Green New Deal" proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. They have not responded well to calls for forced veganism and banning airplanes, let alone giving up the American way of life made possible by cheap energy.  But while Ocasio-Cortez has taken the brunt of the media focus, environmental groups have developed a new strategy to get their way: pass a type of "Green New Deal" state by state.  It's a smart tactic.  They get friendly, left-leaning state legislators and governors, most of whom they financially backed in the past election, to do their dirty work.

If you REALLY Care About the Environment, #YouFirst Alexandria & Bernie.  Socialist Stealth Sister AOC, louder than thunder and nastier than a rattlesnake on mainstream and social media, but quiet as the proverbial mouse when she's up to no good with the media spotlight off her, already has her "Green New Deal" — the same one she said she was only kidding about — up and running in New Mexico — where it is now "The Law".  Saying she was "only kidding" about the Green New Deal and claiming that top Democrat presidential candidates who disagreed with her were "as dumb as sea sponges" for believing her warnings that the world would end in 12 years, this same New York Rep. — chosen from a casting call of 10,000 — is well on her way to imposing the noxious Green New Deal state to state.

Science's Untold Scandal:  The Lockstep March of Professional Societies to Promote the Climate Change Scare.  Whether it be chemistry, physics, geology or engineering, many of the world's primary professional societies have changed from being paragons of technical virtue to opportunistic groups focused on maximizing their members' financial gains in support of the climate scare, the world's greatest science fraud.  In particular, they continue to promote the groundless hypothesis that carbon dioxide emitted as a result of mankind's use of fossil fuels is leading to environmental catastrophe.  You have been hearing about it for the past decade and more, with 21 candidates for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in the next election promoting some form of a Green New Deal — a plan to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and replace them with wind and solar power thereby returning society to the lifestyle of the 1880s.

The Stupid Party.  [Scroll down]  Take, for example, their support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal and its promise of Medicare For All.  Yes, as I've written previously, it's true that Medicare's trust fund for hospital care will run out of money in 2026.  And yes, according to the Medicare 2018 Annual Report, the trust fund is already in the red for $4.5 trillion of unfunded obligations.  And yes, that means Medicare is effectively bankrupt even under the current situation in which it only covers senior citizens.  And yes, yes, that means it's beyond stupid to promise Medicare For All without even talking about how to fix Medicare For Seniors.

Battling climate change does not empower women around the world — electricity does.  When the much-ballyhooed Green New Deal came before the Senate — shortly before its anticlimactic demise — Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono waxed poetic about climate change as an agent of women's oppression. [...] The key to liberating women from oppression isn't quixotic combat against a climate that has always changed and will always change.  The real key is access to reliable, affordable, and abundant energy.  Without electricity, daily tasks necessary for living such as cooking, gathering water, and caring for children require tedious, hard labor — labor that falls almost exclusively to wives, mothers, and daughters.

Life if the Democrats take control.  We already know what a disaster the New Green Deal would be if Democrats ever have a chance to implement it in full.  The basic problem remains Democrats are willing to do whatever makes their identity politics members feel good.  Real facts, not ones made up to support their agenda, have no place in what they want to do.

Trump buildings face millions in climate fines under new New York rules.  Donald Trump's reluctance to address climate change is set to cost his business empire millions of dollars in fines levied by New York City due to the amount of pollution emitted by Trump-owned buildings.  According to data shared with the Guardian, eight Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions.  This means the Trump Organization is on track to be hit with fines of $2.1m every year from 2030, unless its buildings are made more environmentally friendly.

The Brainwashing of a Nation.  How do you brainwash a nation?  Control the national environment, force a crisis on the country, and tap into their fear and guilt.  And then you can outlaw planes, cows, skyscrapers, straws, plastic bags and the rest of the Green New Deal.  The environmental crisis is just one example of how leftist movements can brainwash a nation.

The Green New Deal Comes to New York.  [Scroll down]  Bill de Blasio claimed that the city would switch completely to 'renewables' in only 5 years.  That would be a spectacular achievement since neither solar nor wind energy work all that well in New York.  New York ranks 47 out of 50 states in average sunlight hours at only 3.79.  It's windier than it is sunnier, but still only comes in at 28 out of 50 with an average annual windspeed of 0.05 miles per hours [sic].  Turbines need winds of 10 miles an hour to start working and city winds are not only erratic, when they blow, they come from different directions, making conventional wind energy setups all but useless.  The New York Times even noted that the city's turbines were for show, with the builder of the city's first wind turbine building installation admitting that they barely did anything.

2020 climate madness looms.  The Republican Senate artlessly failed to debate the explosive GND, while the wily Democrat House has silently buried it under eleven different Committees.  But while Congress may never vote on the GND, it is not about to go away, quite the opposite.  The Presidential race guarantees it a large life, at least until the Democrat National Convention.  While so far avoiding the GND, the Democrats running the U.S. House have promised to introduce a never ending series of separate and distinct climate activist bills.  The goal of this piecework strategy is to make climate change a big 2020 election issue, no matter who their candidate is.

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Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down, Says VA Problems Are a 'Myth'.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) reinforced her opposition to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday [4/27/2019], calling it a "myth" that the system was broken and in need of reform.  Ocasio-Cortez pledged at a town hall a week ago that she would fight bipartisan efforts to reform the scandal-plagued VA health system.

Beto O'Rourke's 'Ambitious Climate Plan' Is Even Worse Than the Green New Deal.  On Monday [4/29/2019], former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-Texas) released a climate change plan rooted in big government, based on utterly unrealistic expectations, and stuffed with intersectional pablum.  In fact, O'Rourke's plan is arguably worse than the Green New Deal sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).  O'Rourke's Alt-GND suggests a complete revamp of the economy is easy, comparatively cheap, and will bring more prosperity without any trade-offs.  Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is a resolution, a first step toward pushing climate change legislation geared toward rebuilding every building in America (who said anything about property rights?), making energy production net-zero by 2050 (cave men lived without electricity, after all), and leveling out America's many inequalities.

NYC Mayor de Blasio: 'We Are Going to Ban' Glass and Steel Skyscrapers.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on MSNBC Monday morning [4/22/2019] his city will ban "inefficient" steel and glass skyscrapers as part of their Green New Deal.  While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal sputtered in Washington D.C., her home city of New York has embraced key pillars of the plan. [...] The mayor added that New York's government is going to get all its energy from renewable sources "in the next five years."

Sounds like a plot for a comic book, not an act of Congress.
AOC Previews Green New Deal:  Oil Workers Replace Pipelines with Mangroves, Indigenous People Heal the Land.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the Intercept website collaborated on a seven-minute video that takes place in a future where Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House, and America is fundamentally transformed into a socialist country where fossil fuels are eliminated, everyone is guaranteed a union job, and the Green New Deal saves the planet.

This is the Green New Deal future AOC dreams about.  Rep. Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and The Intercept teamed up to create an illustrated video detailing her imagination of the future after the Green New Deal.  The bad news:  Miami is underwater after being hit by a hurricane.  The good news:  Indigenous communities teach union workers how to restore the land after they dig up pipelines.  Elections are publicly funded, and everyone has a job.

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What would be the purpose, and the cost, and the total energy required, to dig up pipelines?  Aren't these the same people who say "leave it in the ground," referring to the oil itself?  Where would the pipelines be taken, and how would they be transported, in the absence of internal combustion engines?  Would the slightly used pipes end up at a steel mill for recycling?  Is there a steel mill somewhere that runs on windmills and solar panels?

AOC Isn't Even a Good Environmentalist.  Every Dem presidential candidate has endorsed the Green New Deal.  The media has covered what should be laughable notions like no automobiles, regulating diet and eliminating cows, with all the gravitas of innovations in heart surgery.  They cover it like it's a real thing and more, they paint anyone critical of the ideas as bigoted, closed minded, old-fashioned climate deniers and anti-science crazies.  Yes, that's an inversion of the truth, but that's how it's covered.

Yes, the Green New Deal Could Happen.  Democrats are like conniving teenagers asking for a 3 a.m. curfew knowing their parents will squawk and say no, but negotiate down to 1 a.m. when that's what the kid was going for in the beginning.  Likewise, the GND is so absurd, so fantastical, so inane, that socialist policy (Carbon Exchange! High Speed Rail!) seems downright sensible.  It's still redistributive in that it will require huge tax increases and more central planning, something all socialists and commies love.  It's just less overt than the large scale performance art that is the Green New Deal.  It is resetting the boundaries.

'The Sky Is Falling!  We're All Going to Die!'  The proponents of the Green New Deal really care for us.  Trust them!  Just give them everything we have and they will see that it happens.  There is one thing of some concern.  It seems we are the only country that is supposed to destroy our economy and way of life to save the world.  What about the rest of the world?  What will they do?  We could totally destroy our economy, the greatest and freest in the world, and it will make no difference if other nations do nothing.

Fiscally-conservative Democrats have declared war on the Green New Deal.  Utah representative Ben McAdams, a Democrat, warned ominously this week that a "day of reckoning is coming".  It's the kind of sober language typically used to describe a climate crisis which — if we continue on with business as usual — could end human civilization as we know it.  McAdams, though, was describing a decidedly less grave threat, if it can be considered a threat at all: the federal deficit.  He and 26 other members of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition — centrist and fiscally-conservative Democrats — are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the federal government from running a deficit if there isn't a war or recession happening.  Social security and Medicare would be spared from the brutal spending cuts the amendment would bring about ... but that's it.

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Attention left-wing British tabloid writers:  There are no fiscally-conservative Democrats.

Leftism Threatens American Family Life.  It might have seemed that after Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist Party candidate for president, lost four times at the beginning of the 20th century, that socialism was finally buried as non-viable in the U.S. context.  But socialism became retooled, American-style, and emerged in a more acceptable form as the graduated income tax, the Federal Reserve, and the "alphabet agencies" of the New Deal.  Now, this drivel from the past has re-emerged with Bernie Sanders and some stupid lady who just won a congressional seat in New York City and openly proclaims socialism.  But the shallow pundits who critique them and interview them keep asking only about how they are going to pay for their vast Green New Deal, socialist program.  "Where will the money come from?" they ask, and of course, since the money will come out of the pockets of all the people, the left becomes evasive.  The interviewers and critics fail to address other more serious consequences of their outdated and self-serving vision.

Sandy O's Credibility Problem.  The radical left just loves Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [...] The problem is, America isn't made up of leftist radicals.  If you demand proof of that, allow me to direct you to the recent Senate vote on Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which was defeated by a slim margin of 57-0.  What this tells us is that Senate Democrats are only too happy to tout radical environmental reforms on the stump, but even they refused to vote in favor of this incoherent socialist proposal that includes provisions for the government to "guarantee" a "job with a family-sustaining wage," "paid vacations," "retirement security," and to "provide all people of the United States" with "health care," "affordable housing," and "economic security."  What any of that stuff has to do with global warming is anyone's guess.

How to Combat the Green New Deal.  The Green New Deal offers a unifying sense of purpose to the two youngest generations in this country at a time when organized religion has been largely stripped of its authority and spirituality alone lacks direction.  Virtually all people yearn for a some sort of socially accepted vision of what might be called a "better world."  If the vision is cast in morally uplifting terms, it will appeal to that divine side of human nature.  As individuals, we the people are flawed, but if we have a shared vision for the future that transcends individual failure and creates a sense of common purpose, then we feel worthy of being in this world.  This is an enormously attractive prospect for anyone and is hard to combat using negative ideas like impracticality and impossibility.  The Green New Deal is impractical, but for those to whom it appeals, a critique on such grounds magnifies the sense that it is a heroic undertaking.

Don't Cede The Terms Of Discussion To AOC.  There isn't a day that goes by, that the former waitress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn't come up with some new, childlike pronouncement or temper tantrum on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The issue causing the most discussion, is her 3rd Grade Science Project known as, "The Green New Deal."  Her proposal would double the annual budget and sunder the World's economy in order to pay for among other things, destruction and reconstruction of buildings that did not conform to certain environmental efficiency standards.  The estimated cost of her proposal would be 93 Trillion dollars, or double the 2019 Federal Budget of 4.7 Trillion, for the next 20 years.  93 Trillion Dollars!  That my friends, is a LOT of Scotch.  Quite rightly, conservatives in general have attacked her proposal on fiscal grounds, as we have also done here at Red State.  That's all well and good, but focusing solely on the money can effectively cede the basic argument — The World's Climate is Changing and Mankind is the Cause — to the Leftists, leaving us open to one of their tried and true tactics, incrementalism.

Green New Deal fantasy-nightmare:  Dems show true colors in 0 vote.  It turns out that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal (GND) isn't so popular after all.  In a Senate resolution vote this week, not one senator — not even the Senate bill's chief sponsor Ed Markey, D-Mass. — voted in favor of it.  Aside from a couple of centrists who voted no, most Democrats demonstrated they don't have the courage of their convictions by dodging the issue and merely voting "present" when their names were called.  The same Democrats tried to justify their lack of affirmative votes by making excuses about the process being rushed, and lacking customary hearings and procedures.

Dem Star AOC Calls GOP "Fools" & Blames Staffer for Her GND Debacle.  The shining star of the Democratic party, the leader, the "Boss," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched her Green New Deal with an astoundingly idiotic 'Cow [...] FAQ'.  It provided the details of where she and her comrades are looking to go with the GND that takes over every sector of our society, not only the energy sector.  Whenever she is cornered with her own profound errors, she looks for people to blame.  That is what she did last night [3/29/2019] during her town hall on climate change.

AOC Is Anti-Science.  On Tuesday [3/26/2019], Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a speech about the real-time dangers of climate change and pollution.  Fresh from the defeat of her Green New Deal resolution, she spoke at a Financial Services Committee meeting and made what she presumably thought was the best case for taking action to halt the environmental apocalypse.  But if this was the most convincing argument she has, then Ocasio-Cortez has revealed herself as a one-woman war on science, and we should assume that the planet is just fine.

Ocasio-Cortez compares impact of climate change to 9/11.  The Bronx rep. was discussing her Green New Deal on MSNBC [3/29/2019] when she said the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was similar to the 2001 terrorist attack.  "On the events on September 11, 2001 thousands of Americans died in the largest terror attack on US soil," Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes.  "Our national response was war in one then eventually two countries:  3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.  Where is our response?"

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[#1] Hurricane Maria was not the result of extraordinary climate change.  Hurricanes have always been a part of the climate.  [#2] Repairing the damage caused by a hurricane is not the federal government's responsibility.

Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal.  After weeks of praising the Green New Deal for its supposedly ambitious, forward-thinking proposals for tackling climate change, Democratic senators refused to vote on the measure when Republican leadership brought it to the floor this afternoon [3/26/2019].

The Green New Deal Vote:  Democrat Presidential candidates bravely ran away.  When given the opportunity to vote for the "Green New Deal," the Democrats' clown car of 2020 presidential candidates all courageously stepped up and... voted "present."
  •   Cory Booker, who compared the Democrats' Green New Deal effort to fighting the Nazis and going to the moon, voted present.
  •   Kirsten Gillibrand, who said passing the Green New Deal is the "same" as landing on the moon voted present.
  •   Bernie Sanders, who defended the Green New Deal saying "you cannot go too far on the issue", voted present.

The Physical Impossibilities of the Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  To be blunt:  there is simply no possibility that more federal funding for wind turbines, silicon solar cells or lithium batteries will lead to a "disruptive" 10-fold gain.  All those technologies are approaching physics limits, just as aviation engines have.  And while one cannot, by definition, predict what kind of entirely new phenomenologies have yet to be discovered, we do know from history that such discoveries do happen.  But history also shows that they rarely if ever emerge from directed goal-specific funding.

Green New Deal fails Senate test vote as dozens of Democrats vote 'present'.  The Green New Deal, a sweeping Democratic proposal for dealing with climate change, fell at the first hurdle Tuesday as the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the non-binding resolution, with 42 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voting "present."  No senator voted to begin debate on the legislation, while 57 lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster.  Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona joined 53 Republicans in voting "no."  Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted "no."

On the Green New Deal, the Democrats are all yellow.  Earlier this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., jointly proposed a resolution outlining a broad strategy for dealing with climate change.  The proposal, billed as the Green New Deal, was laughed off the public stage. [...] The Green New Deal is a profoundly embarrassing and politically damaging proposal for Democrats.  That's why, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., forced a vote on it Tuesday [3/26/2019], not a single senator from either party voted for it.  Democrats cried foul, acting as though a free vote on their own climate change resolution somehow constituted a dirty trick against them. [...] But then, they are hardly in any position to admit how stupid this proposal was, given that no fewer than five Democratic presidential candidates in the Senate already endorsed it.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She Told Senate Democrats to Vote 'Present' on Green New Deal.  The Senate crushed the Green New Deal on Tuesday [3/26/2019] with a 0-57 vote against the resolution, with three Democrats and one Independent voting "no" and 43 Democrats voting "present."  Democrats tried to spin the resolution's failure into a win for the radical proposal, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who introduced it last month and took credit for Democrats not voting in favor of the measure.

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now giving orders to Chuck Schumer, too?  For several months, people have wondered whether freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was actually dictating the House agenda rather than Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  But now we must ask, is Ocasio-Cortez also dictating the strategy of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?  On Tuesday [3/26/2019], facing an embarrassing and divisive vote on the Green New Deal resolution, which is supported by the base of the party but opposed by those closer to the center, Democrats decided to vote "present" en masse.  The fact that no Democrat was willing to go on record as supporting the resolution, despite the fact that it was co-sponsored by six presidential candidates, on the surface, represents some pushback against the idea of growing momentum for this unrealistic proposal.

Senate rejects Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal in 57-0 vote blasted as a 'sham' by Dems.  The Green New Deal failed to pass a procedural vote in the Senate Tuesday, with Democrats slamming the GOP motion as a "sham" and with two exceptions voting "present" in protest.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the ambitious plan to create jobs and improve the environment to a vote to force Democrats to take a public stand on the measure and try to divide the party's moderates and progressives.  The final vote was 57 against and no one for the plan, with 43 Democrats voting present.  Red State Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona voted no.

AOC bristles as GOP lawmaker blasts Green New Deal as 'elitist' pet project of rich liberals.  Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., mocked Ocasio-Cortez's plan to combat climate change during a Financial Services Committee hearing on Monday [3/25/2019], introducing an amendment to a homelessness bill that would create "green" standards — and demonstrate what he viewed as the impracticability of the Democrat's plan.  "The Green New Deal is one that if you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California it sounds great because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe," Duffy said.

Sink or Swim:  AOC's Anti-Plane, Anti-Cow 'Green New Deal' Set For Senate Vote Today.  Sometimes, the United States Senate makes momentous decisions that alter the course of history and affect the lives of every American.  Other times, the august body takes a vote on a bill just to embarrass the legislation's backers.

McConnell Forcing Vote on Green New Deal.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the Green New Deal up for a vote on Tuesday [3/26/2019], forcing Democrats to take a stand on the radical resolution.

And a Bronx Bartender Shall Lead Them?  Name three things that would make America into a third world country faster than the Green New Deal.  OK, name one.  Just kidding, it can't be done. [...] The plain fact is if 100 percent "renewable" energy is the law, the economy shuts down.  Poverty, disease, death, and civil war follow.  Life once again becomes nasty, brutish, and short.  Bye-bye fossil fuels.  Hello 18th century.  The grinding poverty that a large chunk of the human race escaped just a couple of centuries ago would return without the use of large amounts of reasonably priced and reliable fossil fuel energy.

Climate Junk Science and the Utter Nonsense of Twelve Years to Destruction.  No objective science model can justify the foolishness of a New Green Deal that advocates a $93 trillion price tag on peril of doom in twelve years. [...] The effort on the Left to scare the easily beguiled into believing that the world is twelve years from doom is part of a deeper anti-American agenda aimed at attacking capitalism and downgrading American industry.  Interestingly, the most ardent backers of these Green New Deals include many who denigrate religion, too, while others among them pay lip service to liberationist theology but regularly support legislative initiatives aimed at removing religious belief and manifestation from the public square.

The Democratic Presidential Contenders' Demeaning View of Americans.  Every Democratic presidential contender signed on to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which mandates that in 10 years, we must end air travel, stop using fossil fuels, every new job must be unionized, nuclear plants must be closed, and every building must be rebuilt for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.  Sandy O's deal also demands that deadbeats receive government funding.

The Corruption of Science and Economics and the Green New Deal.  Left-wing Keynesian thinking (if you can call it that) is not far removed from the Democrats' conception of how they will pay for the Green New Deal.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the Green New Deal will create many jobs.  Certainly, building energy-efficient high-speed trains and retrofitting buildings to require less energy and building giant solar farms will require a lot of labor.  There is no doubt that the Green New Deal would create many jobs in the short term, just as the government paying for people to dig and fill holes would create many jobs in the short term.  Perhaps the major selling point Trump has for re-election is the number of jobs he has created.  The Green New Deal gives the Democrats an answer to that.  They can claim they will create jobs and save the Earth from climate catastrophe in the process.  In fact, the text of the Green New Deal guarantees a job for everyone.

Fraud: Green New Deal Plagiarized From 2009 UN Environment Programme Report.  In a stunning revelation from a 2009 UN document titled "Rethinking the Economic Recovery:  A Global Green New Deal", it is discovered that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' (AOC) Green New Deal is not a new movement of the people, but rather a crafty (and plagiarized) creation of a small group of global elite working through the United Nations.  This 144-page report was headed by Edward B. Barbier, a professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Wyoming at the time, but specifically prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)[.]  It was UNEP that sponsored the infamous 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that catalyzed the doctrine of Sustainable Development and produced the Agenda 21 book labeled The Agenda for the 21st Century.  UNEP has been at the root of every intellectually bankrupt scheme to flip the world into its resource-based economic system while driving a fatal nail into Capitalism and Free Enterprise.

Green New Deal?  Slay the Socialist Monster Now.  Although Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is most closely associated with the Green New Deal, she is little more than a paid advertising spokeswoman for the revolutionary legislation, which aims to completely overthrow the American economic order within 10 years. [...] The resolution before Congress declares that it is the duty of the federal government "to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States."  This one tiny component by itself demonstrates the socialist agenda underlying the GND.  How exactly does the federal government "create" millions of jobs?  How do federal bureaucrats ensure that they are high-wage jobs?  How do they guarantee prosperity?  Have Democrats never heard of a recession?  Do they think that economic downturns can be legislated out of existence?

AOC Isn't Even a Good Environmentalist.  The Green New Deal is an unserious effort predicated upon the absurd notion of "environmental justice." You see, for today's Greens, unlike the idealistic environmentalists of yesteryear, punishing the United States to make up for its purported past sins is the goal.  Greens, such as AOC, care little for actual progress.  They merely want to hurt Americans (while enriching themselves).  Embracing the Green New Deal will cost taxpayers as much as $7 trillion over a decade * and make life harder on average Americans.  For a fraction of that cost, the United States could build nuclear fission power plants, invest in carbon capture technology to clean our air, while at the same time develop nuclear fusion technology that will provide abundant, advanced, and clean energy for all — and still allow for humans to live comfortably.  But, that's not the goal of the Green New Deal.

* Many other estimates are far higher than $7 trilion.  See below.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Perfect Orwell's Language Manipulation.  Take defenses of the "Green New Deal."  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who popularized the idea (which has been around for a decade or more), doesn't seem to have any comprehension of its cost, or the cost of anything else.  When asked about how she would pay for it, her initial response was "tax the rich."  The truth is that there aren't that many rich, and under her 70% and up federal tax plan, there soon wouldn't be any.  Now she seems to believe that one can simply print money to pay for it all.  This radical extension of Modern Monetary Theory would bankrupt the country and render our currency worthless. [...] This expansion of government power over its citizens is the true intent of the Green New Deal and of every other progressive initiative.  The oil and gas sector constitutes 8% of the U.S. economy.  Eliminating this sector and shifting to government-controlled green power has been a longstanding aspiration of the left, along with socialized medicine and centralized control of education.  Now, in an extremely divisive political atmosphere, progressives see an opportunity to make their dreams come true.

AFL-CIO shreds Green New Deal:  AOC's plan could cause 'immediate harm to millions'.  Big labor has come out swinging against the Green New Deal, with the AFL-CIO claiming the sweeping energy and economic reforms proposed by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could cause "immediate harm to millions" of union workers.  The largest federation of unions in the country sent a letter to Mr. Markey and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez last week, saying the Green New Deal resolution makes promises that are "not achievable or realistic."  "We welcome the call for labor rights and dialogue with labor, but the Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy," reads the March 8 letter, which was signed by 10 national labor unions on the AFL-CIO's Energy Committee.

Fake Scientist Bill Nye Joins Real Socialists to Push Green New Deal.  One of the most famous history deniers alive today is a person named Bill Nye.  He is not a scientist and, really, is not very smart.  But a lot of people listen to him because he is selling a brand of hysteria about the end of the world that is, well, pretty engaging for people who believe him and pretty entertaining for those of us who know he is lying.  It is like pro wrestling — something for everyone.  Mr. Nye refuses to acknowledge history or science, which taken together proves conclusively that planet Earth has been naturally warming and cooling for millions of years.  We even once had an ice age, known as the Ice Age!

The 1972 Progressive Pathway to Oblivion.  Much has been written about the "Green New Deal," specifically its socialist redistribution schemes, and its notorious rapid phasing out of the internal combustion engine, which drew the polite ridicule from Feinstein and even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  The timing was certainly absurd.  The rapid growth in domestic natural gas use has ensured that the United States has exceeded even most "green" European countries in meeting the now abandoned Paris Climate Accords.  U.S. energy production has all but eliminated the prior strategic stranglehold of the Persian Gulf states over U.S. Middle East policy or, for that matter, over American foreign policy itself.  At a time when government-funded high-speed rail is failing and gasoline is below $3 a gallon (well below the price in Europe), few voters would prefer ending gas and oil use or trying to do what leftwing California could not.  One reason the U.S. economy is booming and may continue to do so is that American electricity-intensive industries increasingly are enjoying substantial cost savings in their power costs over European and Asian rivals.

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal wouldn't slow climate change, but your electricity costs would skyrocket.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal would require Americans to rely on unreliable solar and wind energy that would raise electric bills by several hundred percent for every family and business, hit us with power blackouts and brownouts, worsen poverty and do nothing to slow climate change. [...] Even the drastic, unrealistic and multitrillion-dollar energy schemes in the Green New Deal would have no measureable impact on global temperatures in our lives or our grandchildren's lifetimes.

Civil War Would Erupt If "Green Deal" Socialists Actually Get What They Want.  With "socialists" like Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez receiving more public and media attention than ever, it is clear that there is an agenda by the establishment to generate manufactured excitement over socialist/communist policies.  To be clear, the way our system operates today is ALREADY quite socialist, with big government interference in almost every aspect of business and life.  However, the green new deal represents a full blown Marxist approach to government control.  It is essentially soviet level communism, repackaged as environmental socialism. [...] Some people might argue that the green new deal is a sideshow, and that the American people would never support such measures or any presidential candidates that would implement them.  And I would agree IF we were to hold an election today.  After all, front-muppet Cortez comes off like an angry teenager who just discovered Marx and Alinsky and decided to base her entire identity around the cliff notes of their manifestos.  But, by 2020 the story may be much different.

Life in the Green New Deal 'Paradise': Nasty, Brutish, and Short.  Not long ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC — one of the best comedy accounts on Twitter) released (then retracted, and then disclaimed) the "Justice Democrats'" Green New Deal FAQ.  The GND's promises just didn't add up, but mere arithmetic often doesn't discourage a true believer.  I started pondering what life would be like under the Green New Deal.

The Left:  Seething with apoplectic rage.  The right:  Happy and optimistic.  So virulent is this crowd that its members advocate for the absurd Green New Deal offered up by the benighted Ocasio-Cortez, which, if ever implemented, would effectively destroy the economy of the U.S.  As Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace, tweeted, "Pompous little twit.  You don't have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities.  Horses?  If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating.  You would bring about mass death."

Green New Deal is unworkable and unaffordable.  An analysis found that if fully implemented, the proposal would cost up to $93 trillion over the next decade.  That's more than 90 percent of the combined wealth of all American households.  It would cost every American family as much as $65,000 per year — more than the average household makes in a year.  One of the key tenets of this proposal is a mandate to move to 100 percent renewable energy.  Doing so would eliminate abundant, affordable and reliable energy that currently powers three out of five U.S. homes.  Even if it were possible — and it isn't — the massive costs would be passed directly to consumers in the form of higher electricity and heating bills.  One estimate concludes that households could see their energy bills spike by as much as $3,800 a year.

The farcical 'Green New Deal'.  The dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future for both the United States and the world will be fossil fuels, chiefly in the form of oil, natural gas, and coal.  Throughout the world, many groups will push hard for massive subsidies to wind and solar energy.  Yet, that attempt, no matter how bold, will fail to shift the overall balance of energy production toward green sources.  The fatal drawback of wind and solar is their lack of storability.  Solar works when the sun shines.  Wind works when breezes blow.  Both often provide energy when it is not needed and fail to provide it when required.  Any legal diktat that puts these renewable sources first will only produce a prolonged economic dislocation.  Pie-in-the-sky proposals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which stipulates 100 percent of energy needs be supplied by "clean, renewable, and zero emissions" sources, should be dead on arrival.

The Green New Plan is irresponsible.  Road and air travel dominate most people's lives in industrialized countries and emerging markets.  Airlines are conducting more than 100,000 flights a day around the world.  Commercial aviation, with 23,000 commercial airplanes worldwide that has been accommodating 4 billion passenger annually.  Cruise liners, each of which consumes 80,000 gallons of fuels daily, have been accommodating more than 25 million passengers annually worldwide.  Electricity alone, especially intermittent electricity from renewables, has not, and will not, run the economies around the world, as electricity alone is unable to support the energy demands of the military, airlines, cruise ships, supertankers, container shipping, trucking infrastructures, and our space program. [...] The intermittent electricity from wind, solar, or from batteries and storage units made from exotic materials like cobalt and lithium CANNOT supply the thousands of products from petroleum that are demanded by every transportation infrastructure, electricity generation, medications, cooling, heating, manufacturing, agriculture, and virtually all the products that are the basis of everyone's standard of living across the globe have led to reduced infant mortality, extended lifespans, and allowed the movement of goods and people anywhere in the world.

The Rickety Bread Machine.  Make no mistake, those who embrace the Green New Deal — GND — want to take us down the road that has always produced misery for the many and affluence for the few.  Those like Senator Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez may have noble motives but they are built on a foundation of illusion.  The government they want to create will not be run by angels who are motivated only by what's right and best for the nation, it will be run by humans who pursue their own self-interest and respond to incentives that flow from laws and regulations that too often are influenced by those — crony capitalists — with the wealth and influence to shape them to their advantage.  Supporters of the Green New Deal have convinced themselves that the economy can be run better by the elites through centralized decision making than by the many dispersed parties that comprise our market economy.

Why Do Progressives Reject Policies That Would Achieve Their Aims?  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Sesame Street) has delivered yet another statement that bespeaks the progressives' chronic myopia.  This time she's pondering the dilemma about whether or not it's "still okay to have children," given the apocalyptic future being created by climate change.  The point has nothing to do with demography, as birth-rates in the U.S. are already starting to decline.  The real point, of course, is to rouse the old progressive battle-cry of a "crisis" that "urgently" needs resolving, mainly by increasing the power and rapacity of bloated federal agencies and their growth-killing regulations.

The Green New Deal is a disaster for Democrats, too.  I think the Green New Deal is a disaster for Democrats.  Senators Harris, Warren, Gillibrand, Booker and Sanders have endorsed all or large parts of it.  They are all presidential candidates:  the Democratic Party has dangerously endorsed a plan that amounts to nothing more than fantastical economic nonsense.  Because... we now have a price tag.  We now know what it would cost:  $93 trillion.  That works out to $600,000 for every household in the land.  Now that's not some off-the-wall estimate from an obscure lobbying group.  It's from Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who is a former director of the congressional budget office.

An Environmentalist's Blistering Article Against Renewable Energy Wrecks AOC's Green New Deal.  The Green New Deal created by New York's Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been heralded as one of the most nonsensical pieces of legislation to ever come out of Washington, and for good reason.  For one, she essentially advocates for a high-speed rail fantasy that could never come true, guaranteed a livable wage and healthcare for everyone, and declared that she would move us to 100% renewable energy.  A rule of thumb says that if it sounds too good to be true, then it often is.  AOC's Green New Deal sounds way too good.

Climate brainwashing in schools and the Democrats' lurch to the left.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez is convinced the world will end in 12 years without adoption of all parts of the Green New Deal, and since she has taken the initiative, she also wants us to know that for now, she is the boss (so much for our elected officials serving the people).  People, she tells us, should stop having children, since they have no future if temperatures rise another degree or two.  Get rid of all meat-eating (except for the nomenklatura), ban air travel (trains will take their place:  track 7 for Australia), rebuild all structures to make them energy-efficient without the use of fossil fuels, Medicare for all, and free college education.  And the rich will pay for all this (estimated at $50-90 trillion over ten years) with a higher marginal tax rate.

Democrats Con Their Base with Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  For those keeping score at home, that's five prominent contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination embracing the Green New Deal.  They haven't just made vague promises to "combat climate change" or "reduce greenhouse gases."  They've signed on to a specific document with specific provisions that urge a series of truly immense political, economic, and cultural changes to fundamentally remake the United States.  Forget the Ocasio-Cortez background document; the actual Green New Deal is extraordinarily radical.  It calls for a ten-year "national mobilization" to not only achieve "net zero" emissions but also provide "economic security for all people of the United States."  This means meeting 100 percent of America's power demand "through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources."  It does appear that many Green New Deal proponents do at least include nuclear power in that mix, but even with nuclear power, that single plank of the Green New Deal is, well, a practical impossibility

America's Second Civil War Has Already Begun.  Why vote for someone who promises equal opportunity when someone else promises a better outcome?  Nuclear winter became global warming became climate change became "we want total control over everything."  The reason why Democrat candidates for the presidency so quickly signed on to my congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is its promise of comprehensive control over every aspect of our lives.  Eliminating planes, trains, and automobiles will keep us close to our homes and jobs or for those "unwilling to work" in their basement enjoying their "universal basic income."  Dependent people without mobility are easier to control.

The Green New Deal Versus Rural America.  If the Green New Deal becomes a reality, it will dramatically increase electricity costs and concentrate economic and political power in big business and in Washington.  In short, the biggest costs of the all-renewable-energy push will be paid not by urban liberals such as Ocasio-Cortez, who are pushing the Green New Deal, but by rural Americans who probably voted for Donald Trump. [...] It is an established fact that big renewable-energy mandates result in big increases in prices for consumers.  That can be seen in Germany, Ontario, and California.

Sebastian Gorka:  The Green New Deal Is a Watermelon — 'Green on the Outside and Deep, Deep Communist Red on the Inside'.  Former Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka, speaking at the CPAC conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday [2/28/2019], said the Democrats' Green New Deal is "a watermelon," because it's "green on the outside" and "deep, deep red communist on the inside."  "According to the amazing Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, they did a poll last year in which they found that 52 percent of American millennials would like to live in a socialist or communist America," Gorka said, which is why 40 Democrat candidates in the last midterm election called themselves socialists." [...] "They want to take your pickup truck.  They want to rebuild your home.  They want to take away your hamburgers.  This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved.

The Obliviousness and Conniving of the Democratic Party.  The unleashed and unhinged Democratic Party and their mad dash to bankrupt the country in combination with what is currently being spent totals:  $178.7 Trillion over ten years. [...] With so little capital available to the private sector, and taxes on all productive members of society, by necessity at confiscatory levels, there would be, at first, a stagnant and quickly thereafter a rapidly declining economy.  The vast majority of citizens would no longer be productive, as they would have guaranteed income from the government as long as the government was able to pay — which would not be for long.

Democrat House Oversight Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Climate Change, Democrats Don't Show Up.  You can't make this stuff up if you tried.  All we ever needed to know about the purely political use of 'climate change' as a manufactured tool for electoral votes is visible in this one moment.  Democrats, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal, have been claiming the world will end in twelve years if Climate Change is not addressed.  To highlight their commitment to the urgent need, Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a House subcommittee dedicated to selling the need for the Green New Deal. [...] A panel was set to deliver testimonials and statements to advance the priorities of the Democrat congressional team selling the Green New Deal; except, well, the majority Democrats ran into a problem:  they didn't show up for the hearing.

Cortez's 'Green New Deal' [is] leading to the Self-Destruction of the Democrat Party.  It would be one thing for Democrats to alter America's lifestyle forever to avert a real and present danger to the planet and quite another to destroy the thriving U.S. economy to advance a political and personal agenda.  But with a plan like Cortez's GND, there is much more at stake for the survivability of the Democrat party.  In their race to full-blown socialism, the fringe elements within the Democrat party have managed to drag their weak leadership down with them.

The Red Queen.  [Scroll down]  But even if money were no object the total commitment required by the Green New Deal incurs the opportunity cost of not pursuing an alternative strategy based on cheaper energy and climate adaptation — or even doing nothing.  The Green New Deal for example rules out clean nuclear power.  It can brook no rivals because solving Global Warming requires every resource we can muster.  If we spend trillions on the GND we've no money left for anything else if it bombs.

The Green New Deal's Impossible Electric Grid.  The Democrats' Green New Deal calls for a fully renewable electric power grid.  Regardless of the economic or political challenges of bringing this about, it is likely technologically impossible.  An electric power grid involves second-by-second balancing between generated supply and consumer demand.  In the case of a sudden imbalance — such as from the loss of a generator's output — all the remaining generators on the grid instantaneously pool together.  Each one pitches in a small part of the required power to make up for the lost generator fast enough to keep supply and demand balanced.  This doesn't work for wind and solar because you can't spontaneously increase wind or sunshine.  Hydro power is limited and unevenly distributed around the country.  And for safety reasons, nuclear power — even if the Green New Dealers accepted it — can't be cranked up to neutralize imbalances.  Nor can consumer demand be suddenly reduced enough.

Flaws With a "Green New Deal," Part 1.  Although it is of course cloaked in the mantle of peer-reviewed natural science, the Green New Deal is clearly a political program, designed to check every box on the progressive wish-list. [...] [T]his really isn't about climate change at all.  That is simply the pretext to fundamentally transform every aspect of society and culture the way progressive leftists have wanted to do even before people talked about "global warming."

Flaws with a "Green New Deal," Part 2.  Especially when we are realistic about the political process, it should be obvious that funneling more than one trillion dollars in green "investment" spending through Washington will involve a gross misallocation of resources.  For example, the draft text's call for "retrofitting all buildings to be energy efficient" is a blank check to funnel money into the coffers of politically powerful groups in the construction industry.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Could Cost $93 Trillion, Group Says.  The so-called Green New Deal may tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from from 2003 to 2005.  That includes between $8.3 trillion and $12.3 trillion to meet the plan's call to eliminate carbon emissions from the power and transportation sectors and between $42.8 trillion and $80.6 trillion for its economic agenda including providing jobs and health care for all.

AOC wants America to lead the world — backward.  Asserting yet again that "manmade climate change" poses an "existential threat" to people and planet — with only a dozen years before total disaster strikes — the Green New Deal demands that the United States convert to 100% "renewable" energy within ten years.  It also proclaims an equally urgent need to abandon free enterprise capitalism in favor of 100% socialist economic and "social justice" policies.  In the energy arena, AOC's GND requires that fossil fuels, nuclear power and even waste-to-energy and large-scale hydroelectric facilities be eliminated from the US energy mix.  Coal, oil and natural gas leasing and development on federally controlled Western lands would be banned, as would exports of those fuels.  Internal combustion cars, trucks, buses, trains and boats would be replaced with electric versions, or eradicated.  Airplanes would be replaced by high-speed rail.  And every house and building in America would be gutted, rebuilt or retrofitted with "state of the art efficiency" technologies.  That's for starters.

The Green New Dealers want 100 trillion dollars!  Polls indicate that roughly half of Americans do not even believe in the idea of human caused global warming, much less that it is an "existential threat" as Representative Ocasio-Cortez claims it is.  The fraction that thinks we need to go onto a prolonged and desperate war footing must therefore be quite small.  Given these stupendous dollars and the great personal sacrifices they will require from all Americans, one wonders if the supporters of the Green New Deal know what they are asking for.

Social-justice Democrats' 'Green New Deal' will turn America into Venezuela.  [AOC] is the most perfect example ever offered to the public at large of a Greener who says what is on the Green mind, who doesn't water down the message to avoid scaring off people whose feet occasionally make contact with the ground, one who puts in writing for all to read what it really means if you believe all the stuff about skinny polar bears and deliquescent ice caps, shrinking lobsters and sinking cities, the whole dreary catalogue of infinite earthly degradation about to fall on us all, if "climate change" as the cause of wars, warts, pestilence and famine and whatever else can be put on a bullet-list, is not stopped in its tracks — now!

The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism.  Among other modest goals, authors of the Green New Deal intend to eliminate fossil fuels altogether.  Good luck to the 3.4 million Americans who would lose their jobs as a result — not to mention anyone who drives a car.  But the dream of making fossil fuel go the way of the dinosaur is hardly the most absurd element of this program.  While not in the legislation, early background documents outlined plans to eliminate air travel and even get rid of flatulating cows.  Other aspects of the Green New Deal seem wildly out of place for an environmental resolution.  Consider the promise of massive new entitlement programs that could only be achieved through a radical redistribution of wealth.  Here, the proposal shows its true colors.  This is not some run-of-the-mill progressive policy — it is a Trojan Horse for socialism.

The Green New Deal Is Communist Manifesto, 21st Century.  A 21st-century take on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' Communist Manifesto was introduced in the form of a nonbinding resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). The resolution effectively does nothing other than express the sense that Congress should pass a so-called "Green New Deal" whose wholly unattainable goals would almost certainly wreak havoc on the economy and drive the United States further into debt.  The term "insane" understates how bad the ideas presented in this resolution really are.  Both the Green New Deal resolution and the FAQ document released with it read like something concocted in a drunken haze in a college dorm room.  Although it's certainly imaginative, it's not remotely close to serious public policy.  Perhaps that explains why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez removed the documents from her congressional website.

The Urgency of the Green New Deal Will Only Give the State Mob-Like Power.  My late brother once pointed out to me that the Mafia, or organized crime generally, thrives wherever time is hugely important.  He drove a fish truck out of the old Fulton Fish Market and he saw some of this first hand.  Fish have a short shelf-life and that's why the mob had suppliers and buyers over a barrel.  Similarly, the mob was notoriously embedded in the newspaper-delivery truck racket.  If you can't deliver newspapers on time, the newspapers become, literally, old news and therefore worthless.  Tim Carney recently noted that the key reason why the Green New Deal will become a cronyist-fecal festival is the need to rush.  "A Green New Deal," their resolution reads, "must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses."  But you can't have this intricate, collaborative, and inclusive process unless you take a very long time.  The entire premise of this moon-shot, new deal, grand mobilization is that we don't have a lot of time before the planet melts.

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The Green New Deal would takes us back to medieval times.  A hopeful, non-binding resolution has been introduced to both houses of Congress.  Representative Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, (D) for the 14th District of New York, god bless her fast beating heart, and Senator Ed Markey (D) from Massachusetts are jumpstarting again the notion that the world can change in its entirety in fifteen years.  Suffice it to say nether congresspersons were history majors at their alma maters.  The resolution is aggressive in its nature and far-reaching in its concepts.  The Green New Deal (GND) proposes getting off fossil fuels altogether and becoming "carbon-neutral" by 2030.  The U.S. has had a presence in Afghanistan and Iraq longer than that with no real end in sight.  I don't think the world changes that fast even in the high-speed communications culture we live in today.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' accidentally exposes the left's big lie.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party.  Too honest, apparently.  After her office sent the "FAQ" to NPR, The Washington Post and other news organizations, and posted a similar version on her congressional website, they were met with withering criticism — prompting Ocasio-Cortez to furiously backtrack, seeking to disown and discredit documents her office had produced, posted and distributed.  Sorry, you don't get to do that.  Ocasio-Cortez told us what is really behind her Green New Deal.  Now she, and the Democrats who endorsed her plan, have to live with it.

Socialist "Green New Deal" Laughably Ridiculous.  Not long ago advancing the idea that every building in the nation must be retrofitted to meet entirely arbitrary standards to protect against the entirely un-dangerous, pretend threat of global warming would have been a non-starter, even among the looniest of the loony left. [...] The only way such schemes can be implemented is by force.  At the point of a gun, or at least by the threat of punishment, physical, fiscal or otherwise.  The socialistic redistribution of wealth is what really is behind the global warming scare.  The trouble is, people refuse to give their money to other people simply because the others' want it.  That's why every socialist state enforces its diktats at gunpoint.  Being exposed as absurd, as AOC has been, won't stop socialist, redistributionist authoritarians.  They intend for you to submit to government control, and to pay for the indignity.

Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' Is About Socialism, Not Global Warming.  The Green New Deal has been hailed by Democrats and liberal pundits as one of the most important proposals to tackle global warming in decades, but don't be fooled:  Many supporters of the Green New Deal know it will do absolutely nothing to reduce global temperature or prevent future temperature rise — the primary purpose of the proposal, according to Ocasio-Cortez.  The real goal of the Green New Deal is to impose a series of radical, socialistic programs — policies that would dramatically increase the size and power of the federal government, cause immense harm to the U.S. economy, and run up the national debt by trillions of dollars.

The 'Green New Deal' is a prescription for poverty.  Behind the rhetorical smokescreen, the ugly truth is that a mandatory shift to higher-cost solar and wind energy before the market is ready to support those, as the Green New Deal does, would serve as a regressive tax on the poor.  Ironically, it would be minorities and the poorest of the poor who would be disproportionately harmed.  Low-income households already pay 7.2 percent of household income on home energy costs, more than three times the proportion paid by higher-income households on average, according to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report.  According to that same report, low-income African-American and Latino families are particularly hard hit by any increase in utility costs.  Higher home energy costs mean that lower-income families would descend yet deeper into poverty, because they would be forced to allocate an even greater share of their limited incomes to home energy costs.  Increases to energy costs in public schools and hospitals do nothing to help meet the needs of the poor and minorities.  And for older Americans, higher-cost energy may present stark choices between medicine, food, or staying warm in the dead of winter.

The Antithesis of Green.  Achieving happiness has never been easy.  Even harder will be the Green New Deal's aim of completely eliminating the use of coal, oil, and natural gas by 2050. How all this happiness and energy legerdemain will be achieved is anyone's guess.  Supporters are particularly vague about how they would find the hundreds of billions — or even trillions — of dollars needed to attempt such a plan.  Nevertheless, there is one unassailable fact about the Green New Deal:  It is not green.  Indeed, the entire notion of an all-renewable-energy system is the antithesis of environmental protection and scenic conservation.

Green New Deal:  It's The Dr. Oz Of Environmental Policy.  If any among you thought that environmental activists might have a few good ideas about the future of our planet, let this resolution remove all doubt.  The document, introduced by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey, reads as if it was written by somebody without a shred of common sense, let alone a working grasp of physics, public health, or economics. [...] The only way a team of sitting Congressmen and Congresswomen could come up with a "plan" so detached from reality is because scientific illiteracy is rampant in our country.

Sheer Madness From Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.  Now for the charming topics of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, and the so-called "Green New Deal."  If ever there was a multi-pronged way to snatch Depression from the Jaws of prosperity, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seems to have hit upon it.  Ms. AOC has discovered that the planet is warming to an alarming degree.  Never mind that she is in no sense a scientist.  Never mind that many climatologists say that climate change is a hoax — and many say it's not a hoax at all.  Never mind that there are many different possible causes of climate change and that human activity is only one of several possible culprits.  Never mind that the huge bulk of air pollution spreading over the earth comes from China, far beyond the reach of our laws.  And India and Brazil and other places far beyond our legal control.  Ms. AOC has reached the conclusion that the earth is warming to a degree that will end all animal life on the planet in about 12 years.  And she's sure she knows who's responsible.  Corporate America is killing the earth, or so Ms. AOC is certain.

Political Incompetence and Questionable Science.  Who benefits from the complete abolition of nuclear energy and the complete rejection of the use of coal, oil and natural gas, as the authors of the Green New Deal are planning?  Of course, both scientific charlatans and political charlatans do not need this:  they are not going to give up the comfort of the civilization built by American capitalism.  What the leaders of the socialist movement in America really want is comprehensive government control.

Green New Deal Will be All Pain and No Gain.  The Green New Deal sounds really good.  But as the details start to come out, it looks worse and worse.  In fact, the costs would be stupendous, and the damage done by its policies would be catastrophic.  First, how much will it cost?  One of the main promoters of the Green New Deal, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said recently that paying for it may require raising the top tax rate on incomes above $10 million to 70 percent.  The experts developing the Green New Deal openly admit that it will cost not billions, but rather trillions of dollars.  Although how many trillions is open to debate, the fact is that the money will have to come from somewhere.  Progressive economists have argued that the federal government can print as much money as it needs and that spending so much will fully mobilize the economy and thereby create growth.  How has that worked out in Venezuela?

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When the government prints "as much money as it needs," the inevitable result is inflation.  Ask anyone in Zimbabwe what runaway inflation is like.  One would presume that AOC, who graduated "in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics" (according to Wikipedia), would know what causes inflation.

The Green New Deal is wrong for America.  Radical liberals led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., also want to minimize air travel.  It's all outlined in their Green New Deal, a proposal to fend off a supposed climate apocalypse.  Never mind that China, the world's largest polluter, emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the U.S. and the EU combined or that the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China are dumping more plastic waste and debris into the ocean than the rest of the planet is.  Far-left lawmakers pushing the utopian Green New Deal don't want to talk about that or the fact that China opens a new coal plant every week on average, illustrating that the Green New Deal isn't really about protecting Mother Earth from the effects of climate change; it's about giving Democrats and big-government socialists control over the entire U.S. economy — and our lives.  It's a massive power grab under the guise of curtailing the alleged "cataclysmic" effects of climate change — a pseudoscience that is far from settled.

Trump as Hercules Cleaning Out the Augean Stables.  For decades now, under the guise of environmental protection, the far left has tied down America's economy.  It's been largely gradual, hidden in fancy language and supported by those little harmed by these restrictions.  Last week, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose previous experience was bartending, and Senator Ed Markey, whose commercial experience before entering the political ring was driving an ice cream truck, proposed a Green New Deal.  Without reading it, all or most (I can't keep track of all of them) of the announced Democratic presidential candidates endorsed it, to their subsequent embarrassment when the details they hadn't bothered to read became known.  Ocasio-Cortez kindly provided a FAQ cheat sheet, which revealed how insane the plan was.  When the details were known, she withdrew it, offering up various versions of why it wasn't the real Cliff's Notes of the deal.  In any event, taking advantage of the opportunity to put the Democrats to the test, Senator majority leader Mitch McConnell announced he'd bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote, at which time cosponsor Ed Markey accused McConnell of "sabotage" and trying to "silence" voters.

Alexandria's Suicide Note for America.  On the Left, the first principle is "from each," and the Green New Deal would take away your choice in a gas-powered car, your airline travel, and even your food.  With retrofitting in the mix, it even makes a grab for your current house and the sort of buildings you favor.  It's a massive property grab, eminent domain on steroids.  With marginal rates of 70 percent and beyond, the socialists would also take plenty of money from people who work and give it to people unwilling to work.

Liz Cheney Stumps Green New Dealers With One Question:  Did You Fly Here?  Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney grilled environmental experts on their travel methods at a House hearing on climate change while discussing the Green New Deal's call to phase out air travel.  "My constituents are obviously very concerned about this notion that we are somehow going to transition over the course of 10 years here to an economy that is entirely run on green energy," Cheney said during a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.  "Certainly, they have concerns about the fossil fuel aspect of that."  [Video clip]

Why CO2 does not spell end of the world.  Though you wouldn't know it from the braying of the doom-and-gloomers in the media, not to mention the political activists ready to reinvent the global political economy to head off a carbon-dioxide apocalypse, there's actually good news to report on the greenhouse-gas front.  You may not have to give up air travel.  You may not have to give up driving or air-conditioning or 90 percent of your income to the global war on climate change.  It turns out capitalism might just solve the problem before the sea rises and the arctic ice cap melts.

Green New Deal FAQ:  Appears to have been written by people who hate capitalism.

The Green New Fascist Deal.  The "Green New Deal" is a fascist utopian plan written by environmentalist lawyers that is purportedly designed to tackle the global warming apocalypse which capitalism, particularly of the American kind drunk on fossil fuels, has precipitated through economic recklessness and colonial racism.  CO2, a trace gas measured in parts per million, is the primary culprit of a semi-apocalyptic global warming crisis that can only be averted through an all-wise cadre of Democratic green lawyers. [...] While [Ernst] Haeckel coined the term "ecology" in 1866, he mixed racial eugenics with his environmentalism.  Today, environmentalism proffers anti-humanism, population control, ecological totalitarianism, and indigenous multicultural tribal racism that "The New Green Deal" is chock full of.

Green New Deal co-author Sen. Markey mocked for accusing McConnell of 'rushing' Senate vote.  One of the co-authors of the Green New Deal is slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for announcing he's bringing the resolution to a vote.  Last week, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced a sprawling blueprint of an environmental and economic overhaul that has gotten the support of numerous Democrats, including most of the candidates who have announced 2020 presidential runs.

Phony 'Justice' through Phony Climate Policy.  [T]he draft released last Thursday by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, of their "Green New Deal" Bill was, in fact, as long on "social justice" as it was short on common sense. [...] Conspicuously missing from the resolution was the promise of "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work," found in its accompanying "overview."  Perhaps it's destined to be subtly "airdropped" in later.  And if expressions the likes of "sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century" and "sustainable environment" sound familiar, they should.  The expressed goal of Agenda 21 was "achieving global sustainable development in the 21st Century."  The term is lib-speak for tackling "poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice" as a single issue with essentially a lone antagonist.  Surely, many of these individual goals are genuine and quite laudable; still, many have no place in a piece of U.S. Climate Legislation.  So once again, we're faced with a fraudulent attempt to address the left's laundry list of woes in the name of meting out imaginary "climate justice."

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is dead on arrival, economist says.  The Dean of the Columbia University School of Business, Glenn Hubbard, said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal doesn't make fiscal sense and is dead on arrival.  "The Green New Deal isn't just about the environment.  It's a fundamental remaking of the American economy at a cost of almost one-third of GDP," he told Gerry Baker on "WSJ at Large," on Friday [2/152019].  "The United States isn't going to do that... It is simply not possible."

The Democrats' radical extremist plan for America is a form of insanity.  Here comes a bunch of politicians, like they have in so many other countries, and so many other times in different variations, now they're going to get rid of the combustion engine, all fossil fuels, they're going to put up charging stations for the little baby box Priuses they're going to want us to drive, they're going to guarantee a family-sustaining wage, family leave, medical leave, vacations — everyone gets to go to Hawaii once a year, I guess.  You know, retirement security — all your retirement is there, whether you have to pay for it or not.  Obviously, not.

The Green New Deal Is Make-Believe.  The "Green New Deal" is upon us, and the question is what to make of it.  The Democratic proposal mandates that, within a decade, virtually all fossil fuels — which represent about four-fifths of the nation's energy supply — shall be replaced with clean fuels that don't worsen global warming.  Just how is this task to be accomplished?  The main sponsors of the Green New Deal — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. — don't say. [...] To put it mildly, this seems a tall order.

California's High-Speed Rail To Nowhere Trailblazes For The Green New Deal.  [Scroll down]  So how much does building an 800-mile high-speed rail line from San Francisco to L.A. and San Diego cost?  Depends on when you ask, because the number has changed many times in last 12 years.  In 2006, the initial estimated cost for planning and construction from San Francisco to L.A. and San Diego was around $35 billion and promised to be up and running in 2020.  Then in 2008, California voters were told the total estimated cost would be around $45 billion.  When California voters approved Proposition 1A — which came with a beautiful title:  "Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act" — they were also told that they only authorized the state to sell $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds.

The Green New Deal Isn't Just About Energy, It's Also About Controlling What Americans Eat.  The Green New Deal isn't just a climate change manifesto targeting U.S. energy, it also looks to drastically change how food is produced and, ultimately, what Americans eat.  "I think it's pretty clear they want to change people's consumption habits," Nic Loris, an energy economist at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey introduced highly anticipated Green New Deal bills in early February, calling for "net-zero" greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years through a radical transformation of America.  The bills also call for a slew of new social justice and welfare programs totally unrelated to global warming.

A Unicorn in Every Pot.  Most of the declared Democratic candidates have [...] endorsed the Green New Deal — a proposal so detached from the laws of economics and physics that the bill's Senate sponsor vehemently objects to bringing it up for a vote.  Ed Markey (D-MA) coordinated his introduction of the Senate version (SR-59) with the rollout of its House variant (HR-109) by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).  Inexplicably, however, when the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, announced that he will call up the Green New Deal for a vote in the Senate, Markey accused him of sabotage. [...] Senator Markey failed to explain exactly how a floor vote will silence anyone.  His real problem, of course, is precisely the reverse.  Every Democratic senator running for president is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and, if it gets a vote, they will look like fools when it is overwhelmingly defeated.

Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) held a press conference outside the Capitol building on February 7th to introduce their House and Senate resolutions for a Green New Deal.  Original co-sponsors include 64 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats.  Six declared and potential presidential candidates signed up as co-sponsors:  Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Bernie Sanders (Independent Socialist-VT). [...] The fact sheet calls for "a massive mobilization of all our resources" and states that "the level of investment required is massive."  In addition to saving the world from global warming, the Green New Deal aims to achieve economic and social justice at the same time, not just through massive investments in green energy, but also by guaranteeing good-paying jobs, unionizing the green workforce, and banning monopolies and unfair competition.  As Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at the press conference, "Today is a day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social, and racial justice in the United States of America."

CA Gov. Newsom Just Delivered a Huge Blow to AOC's 'Green New Deal'.  During his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday said his administration is putting a halt to the highly anticipated high-speed rail that would travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  "Let's be real.  The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long.  There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency," Newsom said during his first address.  The cost of building the train, at last estimate, was put at $77 billion and wouldn't be completed until 2033, the Associated Press reported.

Green New Deal is a religious document.  It punishes America for the sins of its prosperity.  Just a few years ago, they were telling us we could fight global warming with carbon offsets and slightly higher gas taxes.  Now, they are demanding we give up airplanes and walk to work.  But you have got to give it this, the Green New Deal does make kind of internal sense.  Hysterical predictions require a hysterical reaction.  Half measures don't cut it when you are fighting a world war for the future of this planet.  Maybe that's why Democrats seem all in on this.

Union leaders warn Green New Deal may lead to poverty: 'Members are worried about putting food on the table'.  While conservatives have fiercely criticized the Green New Deal resolution for promising a job to "all people of the United States" — including those "unwilling to work," according to an accompanying document published, and later disavowed, by Ocasio-Cortez's office — the pushback from union leaders indicates that the progressive proposal has not won over a core element of the liberal base.  Speaking to Reuters, a spokesman for the coal industry union United Mine Workers (UMWA) specifically took umbrage at the Green New Deal's resolution's call for a "fair and just transition for all communities and workers" in order to "achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions" in the span of just ten years.

Menendez threatens to call police on reporter asking about Green New Deal: report.  U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., had a fiery exchange with a reporter on Capitol Hill on Wednesday [2/13/2019] when asked to comment on the Green New Deal.  Henry Rodgers, the Daily Caller's Capitol Hill reporter, approached the senator at a subway station and asked him if he supported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's legislative proposal.  Menendez avoided the question and asked where Rodgers worked.  Rodgers said that when he told Menendez he worked for the Daily Caller, the Democrat responded by saying he would not answer any questions.  An intern who was with Rodgers asked a follow-up question, and tensions apparently rose.

The Democrats' French Dilemma.  An eminent former cabinet member and I are having an amicable running debate about what level of concern is justified by the steadily more extreme espousal of lunatic policy positions by influential Democrats.  Personal income top tax rates of 70 percent (Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders), nationalized health care (Kamala Harris), open borders and sanctuaries against federal immigration laws (most audible Democrats), the killing of live new-born children (flirtations by many, apart from the governor of Virginia, who took the initial plunge on his way all the way down last week), and now, a green dictatorship that would radically renovate every building in America, abolish road and air transportation, and require brigades of people to diaper flatulent cows (the inevitable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, inter alia).  My well-travelled friend thinks that as the polls seem to support a good deal of this foolishness, it is very dangerous.

Dem Senator Complains About Voting on His Own Legislation.  Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) railed against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R., Ky.) decision to call the Green New Deal resolution to a vote, legislation he co-sponsored along with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.).  "Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you:  this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building.  He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don't have to explain why they are climate change deniers.  McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning," Markey wrote Tuesday [2/12/2019].

Cotton says media was 'Stalin-like' in Ocasio-Cortez Green Deal cover up.  Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton unloaded on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and said the media were "complicit" in burying the most radical parts of the deal.  Cotton, a staunch Republican, appeared on The Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday and discussed the widely ridiculed Green New Deal that aims to implement sweeping changes across the nation.  But what particularly caught Cotton's eye was how the media became complicit in hiding the now-infamous FAQ document circulated by the Ocasio-Cortez office, which included lines such as promising a job to "all people of the United States" — including those "unwilling to work" — and making air travel industry obsolete.

How to Destroy Civilization by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez push for higher taxes to fund her Green New-Deal is just the tip of the iceberg.  If the people who elected her really understood what she is calling for, just maybe they would come to their senses and throw her out in 2020.  Her New Deal calls for the end of milk cows, no more airplanes, we all drive electric cars, and anyone not willing to work will get guaranteed income for staying home and watching TV.  She is clueless to even understand the implications of what she is even talking about.  The end of air travel will send the world back to the stone age.  She will then realize that ships produce more CO2 than cars show she will ban those as well and the only ships will be by sail.  When there is no wind, then perhaps they can use criminals to row the boats as did the Romans (see Ben Hur).

Kudos to Sandy O.  I am guilty of speaking badly of the new congresswoman from New York.  She is obviously the product of failing educational systems unable to do anything but pump her full of fatuous self-esteem. [...] This young woman wants to shut down American energy — nuclear included.  She seems not to worry about how we'll heat our homes or cook our food or travel from one place to another.  She's utterly unaware that it takes a great deal of energy to grow crops, manufacture goods, and build houses.  She plans on — within 10 years — getting rid of 99% of the gasoline-powered cars in this country.  She wants to stop of air travel and substitute high-speed rail — which we don't have, which has proved a disastrous waste of money in California, and which will make it tricky to cross oceans.  She wants the government to provide everyone, whether they work or not, with a guaranteed income, good housing, medical care, free education, and a vegan diet — the latter to cure the problem of cow flatulence, which, if not stopped, will destroy the planet.

Democrats evolve into a headless monster:  No leadership, no brains.  What are we supposed to think of this?  A 29-year-old bartender and newly elected House legislator launches a half-baked "green" plan for taking over the country, to include ending jet travel, getting rid of cows, replacing every building in the country, reserving cars for the elites, destroying the fossil fuel industry, and every Democrat vying to be the next president jumps onboard.  It's lunacy.  How is it that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" can be taken this seriously as Democratic contenders — Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and the rest — all leap in and say they've signed on?  (Bernie Sanders hasn't been mentioned in the reports, but I imagine he's sympathetic.)  The whole thing should be dismissed as barstool dreams of a drunk who's had a few too many.

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' sounds like a 'high school term paper'.  Trump was holding a rally in El Paso where he said Ocasio-Cortez's signature plan to combat climate change "sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark."  Trump claimed the plan would mean taking away cars, tearing down buildings and shutting down air travel.  "How do you take a train to Europe?" Trump joked at his rally in Texas.

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You wouldn't have to take the train to Europe.  You would only have to take the train to the nearest sensible country, Canada or Mexico, because their airports would be thriving.  Of course, at that point, if you live in Hawaii and you depend on tourism, you're toast.  You're also completely washed up, when the socialists get their way, if you work in any business connected to coal or petroleum or cattle.  In other words, Texas.

AOC's ridiculous 'Green Leap Forward'.  On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced what many news outlets described as "legislation" for the Green New Deal, a wildly ambitious plan to eliminate the American fossil-fuel industry within a decade or so.  It's worth noting that it isn't legislation as people normally understand the term.  It's a resolution titled "Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Create a Green New Deal."  In other words, even if it passed — a considerable if — nothing would really happen.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't taking it too seriously.  She didn't put Ocasio-Cortez on the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and when asked about the resolution, she was dismissive.

The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal:  The timeline is ten years.  Here are some of the goals:
  •   Ban affordable energy.
  •   Eliminate nuclear energy.
  •   Eliminate 99 percent of cars.
  •   Gut and rebuild every building in America.
  •   Eliminate air travel.
  •   A government-guaranteed job.
  •   Free education for life.
  •   The government will provide "healthy food" to every American.
  •   The government will provide, "safe, affordable, adequate housing" for every American citizen.
  •   The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, "economic security" for all who are "unable or unwilling" to work.
  •   Bonus insanity:  Ban meat.

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At the risk of dignifying this patently insane concept, allow me to offer point-by-point rebuttals:
[#1] The elimination of all fossil fuel energy production is presumably to save the earth.  If you freeze to death in the winter because your windmill is frozen, for whom are you saving the earth?
[#2] Nuclear energy is the only renewable energy that doesn't produce carbon dioxide as a by-product, yet the environmentalists hate it.
[#3] The remaining one percent of cars will be driven on the wide-open freeways by anyone who can get a license to drive.  In other words, Democrats, bureaucrats, abortionists, unionized teachers, and cops.  The Army isn't going to give up its diesel-engine tanks, especially since there will be a massive insurrection if this plan is implemented.
[#4] There aren't enough carpenters, plumbers, and HVAC technicians in the country (or raw materials) to retrofit every building in Oklahoma in the next ten years, to say nothing of the whole country.
[#5] The elimination of air travel would have spin-off benefits:  The TSA could be eliminated, and Muslims wouldn't be able to fly hijacked planes into office buildings, as they have been known to do.  Unless they hijack an airplane in Canada or Mexico, both of which will still have airplanes.
[#6] Nobody will need a job, because the government will pay us to do nothing.  See point #10.
[#7] Nobody will need an education, because nobody needs a job.  See above.
[#8] If nobody needs a job, who will grow and deliver all the healthy food?
[#9] "Safe, affordable, adequate housing" is not a right, and never has been, nor is it the government's job to keep everyone safe.
[#10] Free money for people who are unwilling to work.  Brilliant.  Let's all participate and see what happens.  If nobody does any work, yet we all get paid, what is the gross national product?
[#11] Cows produce carbon dioxide, but they also produce hamburger.  People produce carbon dioxide, too, just by breathing.  (Will that be outlawed?)  If every other country in the world still has cows and airplanes, what's the point of banning them here?
[#97] This entire plan must be implemented immediately, they say, because without it, the world will end in 12 years.  (Really?  What will the world look like in 11 years?)  Any time this level of urgency accompanies a government spending plan, like the USA Patriot Act or Obamacare, for example, the urgency is a cover for deception.  Congressmen will vote for anything if the public is in an uproar to do something — quickly!
[#98] California has been working on a high-speed railroad for several years already, and even if they don't abandon the idea, which they have already, it wouldn't be completed until at least 2033.
[#99] No part of the Green New Deal is authorized by the Constitution.  None of it promotes the general welfare, or provides for the common defense, and as a whole, the Green New Deal will eliminate the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.  Moreover, as pointed out above, it's futile to do any of this unless every other country in the world plays along, and there's not the slightest chance that will ever happen.  So far, there has been no extraordinary global warming.  Global warming has stopped, all by itself.  Let's wait until we actually have a problem.

The Green New Deal Is About Punishing Working-Class Americans.  The Green New Deal policy says that all of these newfangled processes will be tried on "The frontline communities that are already facing the ravages of climate change and pollution and working-class communities reliant on fossil fuel industries."  Interestingly, the Democratic Party's vast new social engineering project will not be tried in the towns and communities where America's billionaires and pentamillionaires reside.  No, according to the Green New Dealers, it's not their wealthy friends who are the cause of global warming.  It's you and your struggling family.  You are the dirty, rotten polluters who have to rely on the far more efficient and affordable fossil fuel-driven technology to get through the day.  America's democratic globalist managerial elite can afford to drive Teslas and subside on overpriced Kale juice from Whole Foods.  It's you SUV-driving, God-fearing, hard-working, mortgage-paying, middle-class Americans with your pesky 2.5 kids that are the problem!

Are Liberals Going Mad, or Are They Out of Ideas?  What these lefties cannot get into their heads is:  what if they are wrong?  It is all very well to declare that the planet is going to fry and propose a comprehensive and mandatory program of decarbonization.  What happens if they are wrong about their climate prophecy?  And what happens if their transformation of transportation and energy production leads to economic disaster and famine and the deaths of millions of people?  It wouldn't be the first socialist scheme to crash and burn.

The 'Green New Deal' Is Even Crazier Than You Thought.  The "Green New Deal" provides only scant details on how the progressive caucus plans on paying for this complete overhaul of both the American energy and financial systems, just a vague allusion to "billionaires," who will be first asked and then forced to underwrite the full complement of programs.  But that won't be enough: "even if every billionaire and company came together and were willing to pour all the resources at their disposal into this investment, the aggregate value of the investments they could make would not be sufficient."  Ocasio-Cortez does mention that the massive program will be paid for "the same way we did the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailouts and extend quantitative easing," but those are all burdens the government is struggling to pay off.  The "New Deal" required a complete transition to total war and full American industrialization.  All they know is, some day, the Green New Deal will pay for itself and perhaps turn a profit.

Progressives Bearing Gifts.  Policy-wise the 2020 choice will be between Trump's mostly doctrinaire conservatism, spiced with populist trade and immigration agendas, and what is a now a new Democrat orthodoxy of Bernie Sanders' adolescent socialism and incoherent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Neverland something or other.  Trump legitimately will be able to say of a 2020 opponent, "Candidate X wants over the next 10 years to junk your present car, to scrap your combine, to stop your jet travel, to ban your cruise ship, to take away your lawn mower and snow blower, to outlaw your snowmobiles and jet skis, to shut down the fracking industry, the heavy equipment manufacturing sector (I doubt there will be a replacement battery-powered Cat D-11), the pipeline and rail business, and to make every homeowner an indebted remodeler, refitting his house while for all his green trouble and expense he still will be paying more for solar and wind-generated electricity.["]

AOC ain't A-OK.  Once the outlines of the ridiculous "Green New Deal" were released, AOC began her latest media tour, accepting yet again the fawning accolades of the Democrat operatives with press passes.  Thursday morning, on NPR, she denounced the blowback from the GOP, saying, "The right does try to mischaracterize what we're doing as though it's some kind of massive government takeover."  A few hours later, on Thursday night, even sniveling NBC Democrat hack Chuck Todd felt compelled, after scratching his squirrelly goatee, to ask her the obvious question — doesn't your scheme to destroy the U.S. economy require, uh, massive government intervention?  "It does, it does.  Yeah, I have no problem saying that."

Dems Squirm as Graham Calls for a Vote on the Green New Deal.  Keep talking, Democrats.  It will do no good to say that you're for a Green New Deal — just not the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Her proposal will live on and be solely identified with the issue — much to the delight of Republicans who will crank out campaign ads targeting the really stupid stuff, like eliminating cow flatulence and taking airplanes out of the sky. [...] This cockamamie scheme is not about saving the planet.  It's about massively expanding the size and scope of the U.S. government, making mincemeat of the Constitution, and spending trillions upon trillions of dollars to make us all dependent on government.

President Trump Mocks Democrats Over Disastrous Green New Deal.  Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released information on the Democrat Party's radical and lunatic Green New Deal on Thursday [2/7/2019].  It was a complete disaster.  The Green New Deal is a Communist scam that included guaranteed income for Americans 'unwilling to work.'  The 14-page Commie wishlist also included a plan to transition to all electric cars and completely eliminate airplane travel — because trains over the ocean is a genius idea!

The mysterious case of AOC's scrubbed 'Green New Deal' details.  On Feb. 5, the congressional office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a new blog entry under "energy issues" detailing her "Green New Deal" proposal and answering "frequently asked questions."  The page, announcing an 8:30 a.m. launch on Feb. 7, is now gone, and a top adviser suggested Friday [2/8/2019] it was actually authored and distributed by the GOP.  By the afternoon of Feb. 7, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., removed the document from her website without explanation but following backlash and even ridicule over the radical plans outlined within it, including a call to "eliminate emissions from cows or air travel" — which would functionally ban the latter — and to provide "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work."

Ocasio-Cortez Draws Fire For Adviser's False Claim About Green New Deal on Tucker Carlson.  Last night, Fox News' Tucker Carlson sparred with Robert Hockett, a Cornell professor and adviser to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal and some of the claims in the initial FAQ her office had released.  Carlson picked up on one section in particular — which offered protections for those "unwilling to work" — and asked, "Why would we ever pay people who are 'unwilling to work'?"  "We never would, right, and AOC has never said anything like that," Hockett responded.  "I think you're referring to some sort of document that some — I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating."  "I thought that came right from her.  That was in the backgrounder from her office is my understanding," Carlson responded.

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AOC has only been in Congress for a month, and she already has a spokesman claiming she didn't say what she said.

The Green New Deal — We've Seen This Movie Before.  Dear Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez:  I've read your Green New Deal.  It would be difficult to imagine a plan more divorced from reality or more clearly demonstrative of a complete lack of critical reasoning skills.  Still, I find myself compelled to respond, not out of any hope that you personally will reconsider your positions, but out of a desire that others might not be misled into believing that your proposals have merit. [...] In short your ideas do not simply represent a shocking lack of knowledge and critical reasoning skills, they demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of the history of this planet over the last 75 years.

Ocasio-Cortez's plan properly should be called the 'Green Leap Forward'.  Lunatic schemes based on technological and redistributionist fantasies have been implemented on a huge scale within my lifetime with disastrous results.  The delusional collection of progressive goals that has acquired the label "Green New Deal" is named after the wrong historical precedent.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt's economic program that lengthened a recession into a decade-long depression may have permanently expanded the scope of the federal government, but it embraced no crackpot technological schemes and did not try to restructure human nature around sharing.  The closure of nuclear and fossil fuel-powered energy sources and reliance on wind and solar that the GND envisions surely would be destined to fail and cause millions to starve or freeze to death.  Fertilizer is produced from banned hydrocarbons, and the solar- and wind-powered trucks and trains to carry the reduced food supply to urban areas would never reach their destinations in time to feed the masses with the remaining agricultural output.

The truth about the 'Green New Deal'.  The non-binding resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey isn't a plan but a fantasy — a wish list not just for environmentalists, but for every faction of the modern left.  Far too many on the right rush to call AOC dumb or ignorant, but this bill actually shows that she (like Markey and their allies) is fundamentally dishonest.  Why?  Because it's not remotely focused on their stated belief that the nation and world must act fast to minimize climate change.  If you really saw an impending climate catastrophe, you'd prioritize ending carbon emissions above all else — not tack on, most notably, a goal of also shuttering every (carbon-free) nuclear plant.  Let alone all the other items on the list, such as providing guaranteed incomes for all, even those who just don't want to work.

'We're nuts!' isn't a great pitch for a Green New Deal.  Going by my experience at energy-efficiencizing, I'd estimate that the Ocasio-Cortez plan would require the entire population of the United States — or at least those who aren't "unwilling to work" — to drop whatever they're doing and start training to become insulation installers, HVAC technicians, electricians, automotive engineers or demolition experts.  But even a quarter of that effort doesn't really seem very practical.  Nor politically enticing.  The only historical operation even approaching such scale was the U.S. mobilization for World War II, and unfortunately for Green New Dealers, the coal industry probably won't cooperate by bombing Pearl Harbor.  The FAQ now seems to have been taken down, and the actual measure introduced to Congress was slightly less exuberant.  Notably, it makes a nod to the need for technological and economic feasibility.  But it's still rather breathtaking.  If Obamacare's architects had suggested that their plan included finding a universal cancer cure within 10 years, at a cost of only 15 cents a dose, you'd kind of wonder about the people who drafted it.

AOC pushes the Green New Deal
Democrats Need an Ambitious Climate Plan.  The Green New Deal Isn't It.  The next time it gains control of the federal government, the Democratic Party is going to need to quickly implement an ambitious program to reduce carbon emissions.  So far all the political oxygen on this problem has been sucked up by a slogan, "Green New Deal," for which a blueprint was unveiled by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts senator Ed Markey.  The strategy they have produced is at best grossly undercooked, and at worst fatally misconceived.

How Much Will the Green New Deal Cost?  As it happens, a team of Stanford engineers led by Mark Jacobson outlined just such a plan back in 2015.  Jacobson's repowering plan would involve installing 335,000 onshore wind turbines; 154,000 offshore wind turbines; 75 million residential photovoltaic systems; 2.75 million commercial photovoltaic systems; 46,000 utility-scale photovoltaic facilities; 3,600 concentrated solar power facilities with onsite heat storage; and an extensive array of underground thermal storage facilities.  Assuming steep declines in the costs of each form of renewable electric power generation, just running the electrical grid using only renewable power would still cost roughly $7 trillion by 2030.  The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calculated that the total cost of an earlier version of Jacobson's scheme would amount to $13 trillion.  And based on how fast it has taken to install energy generation infrastructure in the past, Jacobson's repowering plan would require a sustained installation rate that is more than 14 times the U.S. average over the last 55 years and more than six times the peak rate.

Democrats' 'Green New Deal' Is Really A Call For Enviro-Socialism.  The individual planks in the plan, individually and collectively, sound like the rantings of someone who should be institutionalized, not like a rational political plan to solve a real problem.  Let's begin with what the plan promises:  "a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline."  That's a sweeping, explicit pledge of radical socialist change.  And that's not all.  It offers "a 10-year 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."  That's right:  10 years.  They've made it the "moral equivalent of war," that phrase by American philosopher William James that the left pulls out every time they want to impose radical change on the rest of us.  This is how all truly radical disasters begin, with a glorious Utopian promise of "massive transformation."

Green With... Laughter?  [Scroll down]  This passage on how the extreme environmental makeover might be financed may have sounded great in a college dorm.  A freshman dorm.  But this is a frightening level of ignorance about the structure, legal authorities, independence and role of the Federal Reserve when it comes from a Congressperson as part of a legislative package[.]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Aims to Eliminate Air Travel.  The resolution's aims include "overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and 19 greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible."  According to an overview of the resolution, this will be accomplished, in part, by "build[ing] out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary."  In other words, the Green New Deal wants to make commercial air travel obsolete.  Is this in any way feasible?  The short answer is no.

White House Ridicules Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Rainbows and Unicorns' Green Deal.  White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp on Friday dismissed the New Green Deal offered by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a socialist fantasy. [...] The "New Green Deal" plan, announced Thursday, calls for the United States to eliminate planes and internal combustion engines in ten years. "'No Planes, Trains, or Automobiles,' that will be the name of a new movie for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," joked Schlapp.

Reality check:  Cost of 'Green New Deal' would dwarf moon landing, highway system, and New Deal itself.  [Scroll down]  In addition, it includes a provision for free college, a job guarantee at a "family-sustaining wage," and for a vast high-speed rail network.  So, here's an idea of what some of that could cost.  The 10-year cost of Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan was pegged at $32 trillion in 2016 by the liberal Urban institute.  A job guarantee at a $15 per hour minimum wage would cost about $409-$543 billion a year, according to an estimate from the Brookings Institute-affiliated Hamilton Project.  Meaning, the 10-year cost could exceed $5 trillion.  Sanders has estimated the cost of his free college program at $47 billion a year (or another half-trillion dollars over a decade).  The Center for American Progress estimated its more targeted "Homes for All" program would "require a minimum of $20 billion in funding annually over the next five years," but that estimate is only for construction costs and does not consider the cost of land acquisition.  The California High Speed Rail project, which was first approved over a decade ago and is already above cost and behind schedule, is currently projected to cost $77 billion just to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The Green New Deal calls for the construction of high-speed rail across the country, "at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary."

The 'Green New Deal' Is Even Crazier Than You Thought.  The full "Green New Deal" reads a bit like a socialist wish-list, with calls for everything from a nationalized high-speed rail system to an almost complete rebuilding of every structure currently standing in the United States today.  Here are some exciting highlights from the extensive plan to reshape the country's energy future.  [#1] The full elimination of all fossil fuel consumption, including natural gas, within the next ten years.  This includes the full elimination of motor vehicles that operate on fossil fuels, including any vehicle with a combustion engine, be that vehicle a car, truck, boat, or plane.  It's not super clear whether Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts realize that electric cars also run on fossil fuels (the Green New Deal requires all parking lots to have electric vehicle charging stations, regardless).  [#2] The full elimination of nuclear power, even though nuclear power is widely recognized as the most effective and widely available alternative energy source.  They don't know how to do it, but they plan on doing it anyway: [...] [#4] The complete elimination of air travel.

Green New Deal Demands 'Economic Security' for Americans 'Unwilling to Work'.  The Green New Deal promises not just to guarantee jobs to all Americans willing and able to work — but also to guarantee "economic security" for those "unwilling to work."  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a self-described Democratic Socialist, introduced the Green New Deal on Thursday.  It outlines a plan to abandon the economic system that has dominated American society since its inception, fundamentally changing the patterns of industry output, employment, consumption, and the relation of government to the market.  One of its most radical proposals is issued almost in passing:  a guarantee of "Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work."

The 5 Most Hilarious And Insane Things In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' Proposal.  Alexandrai Ocasio-Cortez has finally released her much-hyped "Green New Deal" proposal.  The plan — if you can call it that — is to totally upend and reshape our economy while eliminating all carbon emissions.  And she does mean all carbon emissions. [...] The proposal itself is so vague in parts, delusional in other parts, and unbelievably childish through every part, that serious engagement with its ideas is impossible.  It reads like something a four-year-old in Soviet Russia may have dreamt up.  All I can do, all I need to do, is tell you exactly what it says.  You will soon realize why a thorough rebuttal is not necessary.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:  Trump Attacked Socialism Using Venezuela To "Confuse The Public".  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to President Trump denouncing socialism in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  In an appearance on MSNBC shortly after, Ocasio-Cortez said Trump is "losing on the issues" and that is why he made an "ad hominem" attack on socialism.  She said he attacked socialism and tied it to Venezuela as a way to "confuse the public."

'Green New Deal' Is a Parody of the Democratic Platform.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released her "Green New Deal" on Thursday [2/7/2019] through National Public Radio (NPR).  As predicted, it is pure socialism.  The legislation, co-authored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), is a non-binding resolution that reads, to borrow a phrase from the late Jeanne Kirkpatrick, like a letter to Santa Claus — or, in this case, a wish list to Gaia or Mother Nature.

Trump Urges Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking; Watch How Ocasio-Cortez Responds.  Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez begrudgingly stood during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as he called for action to end sex trafficking.  "Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control it's very dangerous border," Trump said.  "In the last two years, our brave I.C.E. officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings or murders." [...] Everyone stood up and applauded at that moment, except for Ocasio-Cortez, who took several moments to look around to see if she should stand.

Ocasio-Cortez, Warren, other 2020 Dems have decided wealth is just evil (and your money belongs to them).  Watch out, America:  Democrats' class warfare is back with a vengeance.  Your money belongs to them to redistribute as they see fit.  As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put it recently, "The money is in the wrong hands."  That is, it's in your hands, not his.  Take Elizabeth Warren, echoing socialist Bernie Sanders and his mini-me Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Warren's pitching an "ultra millionaire tax" on wealth.  And having fun berating rich people.  On Twitter, she fired at Henry Kravis, a private-equity billionaire, for the sale of his $46 million ranch.

Green New Deal:  Is 100% Renewable Energy Even Possible, Or Good For The Environment?  First, consider the fact that as of today, the U.S. gets less than 12% of its energy production from renewable sources.  Those include wind and solar (which accounts for 4% of domestic energy production), biomass (4.6%) and 2.7% from hydroelectric power.  Nuclear energy accounts for 9% of the nation's energy production.  The rest is made up of fossil fuels: oil (23%), natural gas (34%), and coal (16%).  According to the Energy Information Administration, which is the research arm of the Department of Energy, on current trends, by 2050 renewables will still account for less than 15% of the nation's energy supplies, with fossil fuels making up 78%.  In other words, attempting to turn the country's energy supply to 100% renewable would be a monumental task.  It would involve fundamentally reshaping the nation's energy economy.  And it would add significantly to energy costs — since renewable energy is generally more expensive.  How that could be achieved without crashing the economy is anyone's guess.

The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism.  While Democratic House leadership has so far balked at the Green New Deal, it enjoys strong support from over 40 members of Congress, per The Daily Caller.  A poll released in December also shows Americans might be more inclined than you'd think to support the plan.  The poll, from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, showed that 8 out of 10 Americans hadn't heard about it.  But when asked if they would support it — albeit with a very favorable description of the deal that didn't discuss higher taxes, for instance — 81 percent of registered voters said they would back it.  However, polls tend to change quickly when people learn about how much policies cost them, and the details of the Green New Deal demonstrate that it's about more than just a higher tax on a tiny number of rich people.

Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' to Transform the US Economy Was Drafted Over a Single Weekend by a Bunch of Millennial Staffers, Activists.  New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature "Green New Deal" plan was drafted in a single weekend by a group of millennial staffers and environmental activists, according to the Democrat's chief of staff.  Draft legislative text for "Green New Deal" legislation "was written over a single December weekend by the staff of the freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three like-minded progressive groups," reads an article published in The New Yorker Thursday [1/17/2019].  "We spent the weekend learning how to put laws together," Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, told The New Yorker.  "We looked up how to write resolutions."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [and] other Dems want you to embrace a socialist agenda.  [#2] The elimination of all fossil fuels; socialized energy:  One of the Democrats' most controversial and destructive proposals is newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., "Green New Deal."  This far-reaching plan would eliminate all fossil fuels by 2030, including from agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and the entire electric grid.  Ending the fossil-fuel industry would potentially destroy millions of jobs and require an unprecedented investment in expensive and unreliable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power generation.  Even worse, because wind and solar cost two to five times more than existing conventional energy sources, requiring huge sectors of the economy to rely on these renewables would increase the cost of all goods and services and drive countless businesses out of the country.  The "Green New Deal" doesn't stop there, however.  It would also socialize much of the newly-created renewable energy industry and require "upgrades" to nearly every building in the country — a provision that would likely cost trillions of dollars and insert the federal government into every American's home.

Green New Deal Is Neither New, Nor A Deal; It's A Fraud.  The biggest news to come out the 2018 midterm elections is the meteoric rise of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her Green New Deal.  But if you scratch the surface, you'll find that the Green New Deal is neither new nor hers.  Here are four facts you need to know about the Green New Deal:  [#1] The Green New Deal is the latest incarnation of the Keep It in the Ground movement. [...] [#2] The Green New Deal movement is being orchestrated by Bill McKibben and his network.

Democrats are really good at solving problems we don't have.
Millennial Socialism 101.  The Green New Deal calls for a top-down revolution in the operation of American society so sweeping that it would be disturbing if it weren't so wholly ridiculous.  It shows all the thoughtfulness of a college sophomore pulling an all-nighter to write a term paper for his Millennial Socialism 101 class.  The Green New Deal, as explained in draft legislation to create a congressional committee to pursue it, would transition to 100 percent renewable sources of national power in 10 years.  Since renewables only account for 17 percent of U.S. power now (7.5 percent from hydropower, which might not pass muster under the Green New Deal), the plan would require shuttering more than 80 percent of current sources of American power.

The 'Green New Deal': A Radical Mandate for Government Control of American Society.  Incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brings with her a massive online following, influence she says she'll deploy only in support of candidates and politicians who support her plan for a "Green New Deal." [...] Between its calls for "upgrading" homes and overhauling travel, public infrastructure, and even the way Americans consume electricity, the plan leaves virtually no facet of everyday life untouched.  Think of how often you don't use electricity to imagine how much of your average day the plan wouldn't impact.  The proposed committee would also have seemingly total oversight of American industry, with a mandate for pushing union membership.  Under "Scope of the Plan," a section on labor states the committee's final plan shall:  "Require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaningful, quality, career employment."  Later in the document, Ocasio Cortez's plan imagines creating a national jobs force to help people participate in this "transition."  The Green New Deal, it says, shall "provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one."

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Promising a "job to every person who wants one" sounds great on the surface, except for the simple fact that America has millions of freeloaders who don't want to work — and don't have to, since the government subsidizes laziness.

Dems take House pushing massive government expansion, as party lurches left.  The growing socialist wing of the Democratic Party will flex its muscle Thursday [1/3/2019] with the seating of the new Congress, as more self-described Democratic Socialists join the ranks and dozens of sitting and incoming members — including likely 2020 hopefuls — embrace a massive government expansion that would make FDR look like a penny pincher.  The party agenda is increasingly embracing big-government policies like "Medicare-for-all" and guaranteed jobs programs — as well as an aggressive "Green New Deal" that would include all this and more as part of a fundamental overhaul to America's economy and specifically its energy sector.

Ocasio-Cortez: 'There's no debate' that fossil fuel production should stop.  Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied an audience of supporters in Washington Thursday evening [10/11/2018] with calls to implement single-payer health care and tuition-free college — along with an appeal to stop fossil fuel production entirely.  Ocasio-Cortez, who is running to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, has made no secret of her opposition to fossil fuels.  She's called for politicians to forsake donations from the industry and is pushing a "Green New Deal" plan which entails a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

House Democrats are Lining Up Behind What Could Be The Largest Expansion of Government in Decades.  Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a "Green New Deal," which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.  As it stands, the "Green New Deal" is more aspirational than actual policy.  Indeed, it takes its name from the New Deal of the 1930s, and its main backer, incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, compared it to the Great Society of the 1960s.  More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the "Green New Deal" as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as "economic, social and racial justice."  A poll found most Americans supported the deal, but knew little about it.

Green New Deal Is Bad Deal for All Americans.  Besides the dubiousness of the left's premise that climate change is man-made and endangers the future of the planet, it is highly likely that the Green New Deal will cause an economic apocalypse while failing to solve a nonexistent climate crisis.  In short, the Green New Deal would destroy the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: fossil fuel energy.  Not only would the Green New Deal lead to an economic crash of unforeseen proportions, but it is equally laughable to believe that the rest of the world would get on board.  The Green New Deal would inflict an economic deathblow to the U.S. economy, while making little to no impact on worldwide carbon [dioxide] emissions.  Even if you ardently believe in global warming gloom and doom, why in the world would you support a law that would have little effect on the climate and inflict widespread poverty?

It's Climate Alarmists Who Remain in Denial.  20th-century warming and cooling patterns do not correspond to man-made atmospheric CO2 concentrations but do correspond to natural solar, ocean, and cloud variations.  And yet, the left wants to legislate a "Green New Deal" that would completely rewire the U.S. economy and add tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt in order to reduce atmospheric CO2.

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change.  Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.  Hundreds of young demonstrators turned out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal.  Already embraced by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an increasingly influential figure on the left, the Green New Deal is designed to nudge prospective Democratic presidential candidates to stake out aggressive positions on climate change.  Some cast the goals as idealistic and politically risky.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Is 'Pretty Much All Fantasy-land'.  Since sweeping into Congress atop a wave of far-left support, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has been very clear what her number one goal is:  a Green New Deal for America.  The freshman congresswoman first attracted attention to the proposal when she joined more than 200 protesters staging a sit-in in support of a GND in Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) office.  Since then and with Ocasio-Cortez's backing, the idea has swept through left-leaning media, attracting fawning reviews.  It also has the support of a number of prominent left-wing environmental activists:  deindustrialization advocate Bill McKibben has come out in favor, as has former Vice President Al Gore.  "This is going to be the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.  That is the scale of the ambition that this movement is going to require," Ocasio-Cortez said during a Monday [12/3/2018] town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Setting Women Back Light Years In Politics.  Ocasio-Cortez is not the feminist hero most media coverage has made her out to be.  If anything, her time in the spotlight has set women in politics back. [...] She just doesn't seem to care much about facts and numbers when she's tweeting.  Or, for that matter, when she's speaking.  In discussing with Cooper her proposal for a "Green New Deal," which would use the full force of the government in an attempt to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, she could not offer an actual answer for how such an enormous transformation would be possible.  "It's going to require a lot of rapid change that we don't even conceive as possible right now," was all she could say.  Shockingly, the reason we "don't conceive of it as possible" is because it is not possible.

This 'Green New Deal' looks awfully familiar.  Hailed, by some, as the new youthful face of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be reading from the same old page written by the old Club of Rome.  Nothing new under the sun, and nothing new about the socialist-progressive quest for absolute power over the masses and acquiescence by the deplorables.  Climate change is the new scapegoat, and control of energy sources the new shape of the ruling iron fist.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' Is Powered By Unicorns.  In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, the darling of democratic socialism proposed eliminating carbon emissions within 12 years.  Ocasio-Cortez has previously avoided specifying how she would pay for her Green New Deal.  The Frequently Asked Questions section accompanying her draft resolution claims it could be funded in the same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars.  The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments, new public banks can be created (as in WWII) to extend credit and a combination of various taxation tools (including taxes on carbon and other emissions and progressive wealth taxes) can be employed.  The war metaphor is among the classics of collectivism.

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The World War II comparison is specious.  We are not at war with the weather; and even if we declared war on climate change, we'd lose.  The climate is inevitably going to change.

Era of the Trumper Tantrum.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the "poor girl" from the Bronx.  She's my congresswoman.  AOC is so intellectually deep, she was surprised to find that after winning her election, her House seat didn't come with an actual house.  She's also championing a "Green New Deal" estimated to cost tens of trillions of dollars.  When queried as to how the nation would pay for it, she seemed confused, but then she turned it around "360°" and answered, "Taxing the rich."  She's mad at what America is doing to the world and if she must destroy our economy and bankrupt every man woman and child in the country to save humanity, she will.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Is 'Pretty Much All Fantasy-land'.  Since sweeping into Congress atop a wave of far-left support, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has been very clear what her number one goal is:  a Green New Deal for America.  The freshman congresswoman first attracted attention to the proposal when she joined more than 200 protesters staging a sit-in in support of a GND in Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) office.  Since then and with Ocasio-Cortez's backing, the idea has swept through left-leaning media, attracting fawning reviews.  It also has the support of a number of prominent left-wing environmental activists:  deindustrialization advocate Bill McKibben has come out in favor, as has former Vice President Al Gore.  "This is going to be the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.  That is the scale of the ambition that this movement is going to require," Ocasio-Cortez said during a Monday [12/3/2018] town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

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