When Beto O’Rourke entered the Democratic presidential primary, he was lauded by some as a more moderate, cerebral candidate who wouldn’t go in for the sort of craziness his opponents have latched on to. In their bids to stand out, many of the candidates have launched proposals or staked out positions on issues that put them far into the radical territory of the far-left. O’Rourke had mostly avoided that, but has now jumped right in.
O’Rourke, reports Ken Thomas of The Wall Street Journal, has aligned much of his environmental policy with the so-called “Green New Deal.” By doing so, he has shown himself not as a reasonable reformer, but instead as a panderer, who would advertise the complete insanity of the Green New Deal to win votes from the far-left. Thomas writes:
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday outlined a plan to cut pollution and battle climate change, seeking alignment with the goals of the Green New Deal in his first major policy proposal.
The former Texas congressman, who has faced scrutiny from environmental activists for accepting oil and gas donations in the past, unveiled a series of steps aimed at helping the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
In the proposal, Mr. O’Rourke, who called climate change the “greatest threat we face,” embraces the aspirations of the Green New Deal, a sweeping agenda to reshape the U.S. economy within 10 years around a goal of net-zero carbon emissions and a transition away from fossil fuels.
Several Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed the Green New Deal, and one candidate, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, has made fighting climate change the central focus of his candidacy. Republicans have mocked the resolution, which includes calls for job guarantees and universal health care, as a socialist approach that would hurt the economy.
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