Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Disastrous Green New Deal

Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have presented the Green New Deal that is a combination of climate and social justice legislation. We are being told this new legislation (H.Res.109 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal), which gives no specifics, is necessary if we are to save the world from global warming. Democrats are telling us that if we don't take drastic measures, the world as we know it will come to an end in 12 years.

No matter your stand on climate change, you have to see this as a fear tactic. I've written about Climate Hypocrisy, but his is more about the social justice aspect and how this plan is economically impossible. I've seen estimates that the Green New Deal could cost anywhere between $84-$100 trillion dollars. There is only an estimated $77 trillion in the entire world. This means, if you confiscated all the money in the world, you would come up short. You might ask what their alternative payment method might be—printing money has been proposed. Any economist will tell you that printing this much money would destroy the US economy,

Let's look at some of the climate solutions. They propose we use mostly wind, solar, and hydroelectric, which we are already pretty much at capacity. In fact, environmentalist often block new dam projects because they worry about the danger to fish and the environment. They don't want nuclear, so that leaves only solar and wind as the main sources of energy. The main problems with those is the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. Both are severely effected by cold. During cold weather both become less efficient or stop working all together.

Proponents of the New Green Deal want to replace all internal combustion motor vehicles with electric. This brings us to another problem. Let's look at the problems if we converted to electric cars with our current power grid. Using Texas as an example, the grid could handle the extra load if people didn't charge their cars at the same time and only at night. Just think, if we used only solar and wind, and charged only at night during off peak hours, when half the US power grid would be offline, we would surely have blackouts.

There is the social justice aspect of the New Green Deal. This would mean free healthcare for all, free college education, and a paycheck for everyone who chooses not to work, These things alone would bankrupt the country. You have to remember, the US currently has $22 trillion of debt. In 2013, there was a total of $1.5 trillion in student debt. Paying off all current education loans would possibly double the 2013 number.

Another aspect of the deal is to eliminate all domestic air travel and replace it with high speed rail. In California they just abandoned a high speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. There is talk of restarting the project with costs much higher than ever anticipated. Numbers released Friday by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, shows its projected baseline cost is now $77 billion — up 20 percent from two years ago — and it indicated the cost could rise to as high as $98 billion. The opening date for the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bullet train has also been delayed by at least four years, to 2033. Democrats are saying we must start building enough of these lines today to replace all jet travel within 12 years. The impossibility of such a massive project is obvious.

Maybe I should have named this piece, The Impossible Dream. The worst aspect of the Green New Deal is the biggest lie, that this is mostly about saving the planet. This Bill does nothing to force China and India, two of the planet's biggest producers of carbon dioxide, to do anything. If the Green New Deal could do everything it promises, there would be little change in global carbon dioxide levels. About the only thing that would be accomplished by the Green New Deal, even if cataclysmic climate change is real, is that Americans would be poor and hungry when the world did end. The US is, maybe, the world's best chance at inventing the technology that would lower global carbon dioxide levels. If the US is broke and all minds and services are directed toward the Green New Deal, there would be no resources left to save the planet.

Democrats are just using climate change to push socialism onto society. They believe that if they can scare people enough, especially children, they will gladly accept the lower standard of living that always comes with socialism. Democrats want to eliminate capitalism, which actually means pure communism. Anytime you say the democrat's endgame is communism, you will likely be laughed at. All you have to do is look at the things they propose to be sure that global communism is their endgame.

The Democratic Party is changing. Bernie Sanders would have beaten Hillary in the primary had the party not cheated. Since 2016, the party has moved even farther left. It was, newly elected, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who brought the Green New Deal to national attention. You might think this is a new idea, but an early use of the term "Green New Deal" was coined by journalist, Thomas Friedman. He argued in favor of the idea in two pieces that appeared in The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine.

This approach was subsequently taken up by the Green New Deal Group, which published its report on July 21, 2008. The concept was further popularized and put on a wider footing when the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) began to promote it on October 22, 2008.

You can be sure of one thing, the Green New Deal is only about power. Sure, there are some true believers in cataclysmic climate change and a socialist system. Children are being indoctrinated in our schools to believe in both. We need people in our education system with common sense, who will teach facts and how to protect our environment without going to extremes.

To counteract the left, we must also use facts and common sense. We must show how, in the past, we diverted climate disasters, such as acid rain, by introducing laws that solved the problem without bankrupting the system and changing the American way of life.

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