Surely you’ve heard of the Green New Deal, the ambitious (to say the least) plan for the United States to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s the brainchild of liberal lawmakers Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Sen. Ed Markey from Massachusetts. Among a sea of other radical changes, it calls for eliminating “pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector.”
Oh, and the cost is $93 trillion. That breaks down to $600,000 per household.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, is in charge of what is brought to a vote in the Senate. He recently said the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal before August this year.
However, the head of the climate change group the Sunrise Movement, whose ideas are just as ridiculous as their name, called the Senate vote “a sham.”
A sham? Really? Getting a vote on exactly what you want? You can’t have it both ways.
Another Sunrise Movement leader said, “Mitch McConnell is going to regret this sorry attempt to stop the Green New Deal,” according to E&E News.
The Sunrise Movement is giving Senate Democrats a pass to vote “present” instead of “yea” or “nay.” Shh, no one tell them this strategy is counterproductive to their radical agenda!
Democrats have an opportunity to vote on their prized legislation, but now they want to throw away that opportunity.
Do they think another vote on climate change will come along to suit their agenda? Those chances are slimmer than a blade of grass under McConnell’s watch.
The Green New Deal is fracturing the Democratic party, who tends to vote in a block, which typically proves to be a successful strategy.
There are 11 Senate cosponsors of the Green New Deal, including the bulk of the Democrats running for president. No Republicans are sponsoring the legislation.
However, on Tuesday, all 47 Senate Democrats introduced a non-binding resolution to encourage Congress to act on climate change. Keywords: non-binding and encourage.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Delaware Democrat Tom Carper said the resolution will do the following: “Number one, we agree that climate change is real. Two, human activity during the last 100 years is a dominant cause of the climate change crisis we face today. And three, the United States, and especially the Congress … and the administration should take immediate action to address the challenge of climate challenge.”
That’s all? Democrats get their dream bill in the Green New Deal and want to trade it for this?
There are no hard limits, deadlines or real policy. By the way, McConnell has not said this resolution would come for a vote in the Senate.
Editor’s note: Seymour Klierly writes Washington Whispers for the Journal from inside the Beltway.