In Australia, the left-wing has seized hold of people’s fears on climate change to great effect. Mention a once in a decade drought or unusual heat or cold snap, and the mainstream media is quick to trumpet carbon emissions.
The issue is also dividing US voters. But the climate police have not made as many inroads in the US yet. And this puts Democrats — who overwhelmingly support an extreme environmental interventionist bill called the ‘Green New Deal’ — at considerable risk.
The intent is to cut US carbon dioxide emissions to almost zero by 2030. The reality is it could see US consumers paying even more for energy than we do here in Australia, rather than the fraction of Aussie’s energy costs that they pay today.
And the impact on US manufacturing and the wider economy could be devastating.
Green New Deal up for Senate vote
The Green New Deal was introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, and is backed by nearly all of the Democrats. It’s set to be voted in the US Senate.
According to RAW, it’s the first formal attempt to make legislation for huge government-led investments in clean energy, infrastructure and social programs. The aim is to lower US greenhouse emissions to shut the mouths of the tree-hugging climate change believers.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has noted the deal ‘with great interest’, wanting the Senate vote to take place to ‘give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal’.
While this shows open-mindedness, Senator Markey is convinced that McConnell’s call for a vote is all a means of sabotage.
‘They have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay,’ Markey said in a statement.
Sounds like a lack of confidence, in our opinion. And it makes sense that the Democrats would be sceptical of whether the deal will get the support, considering it ‘raises taxes, that overthrows really a productive energy market that we have right now in this country, raises energy costs, [and] forces people out of work who are working in the energy field,’ says Republican Senator John Barrasso, chair of the Senate environment committee.
It doesn’t look like he’s exaggerating…
Green New Plan looks unachievable
There are a fair few radical — and gigantic — steps proposed in the Green New Deal.
One of which is a 10-year decarbonisation of the US economy. But to do that, some major advancements in technology would need to occur in that time.
We’re talking complete new systems for everything from truck transport to aviation.
And then there’s the call for all new and existing buildings to be upgraded to maximum energy efficiency.
And the deal even goes so far as to demand guaranteed jobs ‘with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security to all people of the United States,’ no matter how many businesses this decarbonisation will close down.
It’s utterly ridiculous, to say the least.
It’s all ambition with no filter of realism, many experts believe. Former US energy secretary Ernest Moniz says of the plan:
‘I’m afraid I just cannot see how we could possibly go to zero carbon in the 10-year timeframe.
‘It’s just impractical. And if we start putting out impractical targets, we may lose a lot of key constituencies who we need to bring along to have a real low-carbon solution on the most rapid timeframe that we can achieve.’
Trump’s contrasting angle for US economy
The Green New Deal is in clear conflict with the angle of Trump’s administration for the US economy, which are gunning for greater domestic oil, gas and coal production.
While these advances won’t do much in the way of decarbonising, the lucrative potential of a resource-based economic push certainly looks a lot more desirable than a fantastical utopic dream.
As Trump emphasised on Twitter:
‘I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!’
We hope the Democrats hear the sarcasm.
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