The Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Is Even Shoddier and More Absurd Than You Thought
On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled her much-vaunted "Geen New Deal," and it's even worse than you expected. Among other absurd things, it calls for abolishing cows, nuclear energy, and airplanes, "upgrading all existing buildings in the United States," guaranteeing "high-quality health care" for all Americans, and spreading the Green New Deal to other countries. Oh, and it isn't even technically a bill.
Ocasio-Cortez leaked a copy of the "Green New Deal" to National Public Radio (NPR), and her slipshod work in progress is a resolution. Rather than making law, the resolution states the "sense of the House of Representatives."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed the proposal Wednesday, saying, "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
The resolution does not lay out specific plans but calls on Congress to "create a Green New Deal," which will consist of a "10-year national mobilization" yet to be determined.
Ocasio-Cortez's plan presents goals without any inkling as to how one law — or even a series of laws — could achieve anything so absurdly ambitious.
Among other things, the "Green New Deal" calls for concrete plans to "achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers."
The Green New Deal aims to create a legislative utopian panacea to solve climate change, racial disparities, job scarcity, and more. The resolution demands a plan "to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment."
The summary document presents more "rights" to be guaranteed: "a job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security"; "high-quality education"; "safe, affordable, adequate housing"; and "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work." So a guaranteed job, and guaranteed economic security for those who don't want a job? How does that work?
Legislation must "promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as 'frontline and vulnerable communities')."
Then come the ridiculous half-conceived proposals. The resolution calls for "meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." It demands a bill "guaranteeing universal access to clean water." How would renewable power and "universal access" be defined? Do the toxic byproducts of solar energy count as "clean"? A summary document suggests nuclear energy doesn't count. How would government ensure that every single person can drink clean water? What counts as "clean"?