Thomas Gallatin / Apr. 22, 2021

Dems Use Earth Day to Push Green New Deal Again

The third rendition of the GND jumps on the all-inclusive “infrastructure” gambit.

Two Democrat lawmakers, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, “officially” reintroduced their Green New Deal on Wednesday, because apparently they couldn’t wait a few more hours for Earth Day to roll around. As before, the GND aims to eliminate all use of fossil fuels for energy production over the next decade because we face a climate “emergency.”

Back when AOC first introduced her climate plan, it received so much deserved criticism for being an impossible pipe dream that she dubiously claimed it was just a working draft that was accidentally released early. The estimated price tag on that original plan came in at a mind-boggling $94 trillion over 10 years, or $653,010 per household.

However, as is so often the case, the over-the-top insanity of the Democrats’ radical legislative proposals is often designed merely to make room for an agenda issue to gain traction. That’s exactly how the Democrats and Joe Biden himself have used the Green New Deal.

Last year, Biden pitched his version of the GND, which he alluded to back in January when he asserted that it was needed to fight “an existential threat” of climate change as he reinserted the U.S. into the Paris Agreement. Now, his plan aims for 100% net-zero emissions by 2050 while only costing taxpayers $1.7 trillion. That’s in part because private enterprise would have to come up with another $5 trillion.

“No nation can solve this crisis on our own,” Biden said at the outset of a climate summit beginning today. “All of us, and particularly those of us that represent the world’s largest economies, we have to step up.” By “step up,” he means taxpayers and consumers will have to cough up the dough.

Again, Democrats are out with their third rendition of the Green New Deal, and of course they’ve tied it to “infrastructure.” Because everything is infrastructure. AOC claims it will create “20 million union jobs,” as if union jobs are by definition a good thing.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration’s intelligence analysts evidently haven’t gotten his memo on the “existential” threats climate change presents. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines made no mention of it to Congress in a recent list of global threats the U.S. faces. However, pushing back on claims that the U.S. intel community is not on board Biden’s climate alarmism, a DNI official stated, “The [intelligence community’s] assessment makes clear that climate change is a serious threat and outlines the impact climate change has had, is having and will continue to have on global stability and national security.”

It’s funny how when there’s an actual crisis occurring — say, the deluge of illegal aliens crossing the border because of Biden’s policy decisions — the president largely denies that it’s an actual crisis. Regarding a highly debatable issue such as climate change, Biden and the Democrats insist on calling it a crisis, while at the same time rejecting the most practical and cost-effective solutions, like building more nuclear power plants, as nonstarters. In other words, they don’t even believe their own hype.

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