Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the United States of America to shift into ‘wartime scale mobilization’ to fight the climate itself. Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks while pitching her Green New Deal on Tuesday.
“The climate crisis didn’t even exist in the scale that it does — that it does now in 1938,” AOC said, referring to the New Deal that began in the early 1930s.
“And we knew then the importance of — of caring for our land,” she continued. “Now today, today, we are talking about in both a Green New Deal in a civilian Climate Conservation Corps, climate core that acknowledges — it acknowledges the fact that our climate crisis today requires a peaceful but wartime scale mobilization in order to combat the climate crisis.”
“So, it’s not just about doing it. It’s about doing it big,” she added.
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The Green New Deal would certainly be “big.” It would be extremely expensive to taxpayers, sandbag the U.S. economy for decades, cause energy prices to skyrocket, and lead to energy disruptions such as ‘brownouts’ and ‘blackouts’ all over the country.
“The sweeping ‘Green New Deal’ proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., could cost as much as $93 trillion, or approximately $600,000 per household, according to a new study co-authored by the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office,” Fox News reported in 2019.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute gave a dire prognosis for the consequences of adopting the Green New Deal, beyond even the cost estimates.
“The sum of our analysis is not favorable for the GND’s advocates—or for the typical household budget,” CEI states. “At best, it can be described as an overwhelmingly expensive proposal reliant on technologies that have not yet been invented.”
“More likely, the GND would drive the American economy into a steep economic depression, while putting off-limits affordable energy necessary for basic social institutions like hospitals, schools, clean water and sanitation, cargo shipments, and the production and transport of the majority of America’s food supply,” CEI continued.
“We do not include in this analysis estimates of the cost of the non-energy components of the GND,” the think tank added. “Those costs might dwarf the energy-related costs by an order of magnitude. ”
The American Action Forum was equally unsparing in its criticism of the Green New Deal, while referring to the ‘wartime’ rhetoric used to sell it.
“The AAF analysts conclude with a warning about the less quantifiable perils of centralized planning and World War II-style ‘mobilization’ of the nation’s industries and resources: The Green New Deal is clearly very expensive. Its further expansion of the federal government’s role in some of the most basic decisions of daily life, however, would likely have a more lasting and damaging impact than its enormous price tag,” CEI noted on its blog.
On Tuesday, Climate Czar John Kerry admitted that even if every nation abided by the pledges in the Paris Agreement, the temperatures on the planet would “still rise.”
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