Socialism may begin with the best of intentions, but it always ends with the Gestapo- Winston Churchill
We’ve been waiting for it, and now that the Green New Deal is here, and there is no doubt this is the Fyre Festival of US Legislation.
Somehow, government-run healthcare, “family sustainable” wages, paid leave, and “affordable” housing
Progressive firebrand Naomi Klein once declared that climate change has given the world “the most powerful argument against unfettered capitalism” ever. She added that progressive values and policies are “currently being vindicated, rather than refuted, by the laws of nature.”
Although it is of course cloaked in the mantle of peer-reviewed natural science, the Green New Deal is clearly a political program, designed to check every box on the progressive wish-list. For example, here is how Naomi Klein makes the case to left-wing activists to support Ocasio-Cortez against the establishment Democrats:
Pulling that [a 45-percent reduction in fossil fuel emissions in 12 years—RPM] off, the [IPCC] report’s summary states in its first sentence, is not possible with singular policies like carbon taxes. Rather, what is needed is “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” By giving the committee a mandate that connects the dots between energy, transportation, housing and construction, as well as health care, living wages, a jobs guarantee, and the urgent imperative to battle racial and gender injustice, the Green New Deal plan would be mapping precisely that kind of far-reaching change. This is not a piecemeal approach that trains a water gun on a blazing fire, but a comprehensive and holistic plan to actually put the fire out. [Naomi Klein, bold added.]
Just quickly, let’s look at the engineering problem. A team of Stanford engineers led by Mark Jacobson outlined just such a plan back in 2015. Jacobson’s repowering plan would involve installing 335,000 onshore wind turbines; 154,000 offshore wind turbines; 75 million residential photovoltaic systems; 2.75 million commercial photovoltaic systems; 46,000 utility-scale photovoltaic facilities; 3,600 concentrated solar power facilities with onsite heat storage; and an extensive array of underground thermal storage facilities.
Young “progressive” Dems say world will end in 12 yrs, but insist we spend next 10 of those final 12 bankrupting entire economy and living like the Flintstones. Does anyone else see how absolutely stupid that sounds?
Assuming steep declines in the costs of each form of renewable electric power generation, just running the electrical grid using only renewable power would still cost roughly $7 trillion by 2030. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calculated that the total cost of an earlier version of Jacobson’s scheme would amount to $13 trillion. And based on how fast it has taken to install energy generation infrastructure in the past, Jacobson’s repowering plan would require a sustained installation rate that is more than 14 times the U.S. average over the last 55 years and more than six times the peak rate.
From a design and engineering standpoint, the “Green New Deal” reads like it was some eighth grade group project headed on by some hippie art teacher that’s stoned
Where is the money to pay for this massive transformation going to come from? The headline over at The Week sums it up pretty well: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to pay for her Green New Deal by essentially printing more money.”
This Frankenstein Monster really isn’t about climate change at all. That is simply the pretext to fundamentally transform every aspect of society and culture the way progressive leftists have wanted to do even before anyone talked about “global warming.”
Even as beltway wonks who still plead with conservatives and libertarians to agree to a “carbon tax deal,” should see Naomi Klein in the quotation above spell it out just like so many of her colleagues before her: They are explicitly saying a carbon tax is not close to being enough to achieve their environmental goals.
The word “nuclear” doesn’t appear once in the entire draft legislation for the Select Committee. Isn’t it odd that Ocasio-Cortez and Naomi Klein think we have 12 years to act before the world ends in a tidal wave of climate catastrophe, yet they have the time to talk about fixing gender imbalances while they don’t talk about a scalable energy source that is nearly carbon-emission-free? (This source currently provides 20% of U.S. electricity.)
But really, i
A “Green New Deal” makes no sense on economic grounds. Even if one endorsed a Keynesian economic framework in which the historical New Deal “worked,” it still would be nonsensical to implement such a program today, with very high (peacetime) debt loads and an economy at officially full employment. Of note, the historical New Deal did not in fact
What we know the Green New Deal will do:
- Create “unprecedented “ government intervention into the private sector.
- Eliminate 99% of cars
- End all air travel
- Cost Americans untold trillions.
What it won’t do: Stop the climate from changing.
Let’s be honest. Whoever authered AOC’s Green New Deal document is a full-scale idiot. There is no way to read that document as a rational person and think otherwise.
The people pushing a Green New Deal are using it as a vehicle to advance the traditional potpourri of the left’s political agenda.