Apparently Democrats are unwilling to put their votes where their mouths are.
On Tuesday of this week, the Senate voted on the much-ballyhooed legislation for the Green New Deal that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced on Capitol Hill less than two months ago.
Opposing Dems’ Own Legislation?
Even though Sen. Markey called the vote a “life or death” issue and AOC claims climate change is America’s “WWII,” not one Dem voted for it. In an attempt to seem as though they are doing something about climate change without being held accountable for the cost of their Green New Deal, 43 Democrats voted “present” instead of yes, and the procedural vote failed 0-57, with not one senator voting for it, reports the WSJ.
Democrats opposed their own legislation but without the nerve to declare against it. The Senate hadn’t seen such a display of political courage since the late Arlen Specter cited “Scottish law” in voting “not proven” in Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.
The real stunt is the Green New Deal. Democrats want to be seen as doing something about climate change without being accountable for the cost of their ideas.
The Green New Deal proposes explicitly to retrofit every house in America and eliminate fossil fuels within a decade. That would mean higher energy costs, much higher taxes, and lower living standards for every American.
Profiles in “Present”
Every Senate presidential aspirant – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders – co-sponsored the Green New Deal. Not to be overshadowed, Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rourke are also on board for the $93 trillion pie-in-the-sky endeavor.
Is Global Warming Anything More than a Political Issue?
Why are these concerned Democrats proposing useless and impractical proposals like the GND? There are policies they might consider, the Washington Examiner. proposes:
- Fracking for natural gas in the short run.
This technology has done more in 10 years to reduce American carbon emissions than all the efforts of all environmental activists in history combined. Cheap natural gas is rapidly devouring coal in the electrical industry, dramatically reducing U.S. carbon emissions to the levels of the early 1990s.
- Endorse and legislate toward the long-term expansion of nuclear energy, which safely and effectively freed France from its carbon footprint long ago.
In coming decades, existing nuclear technologies will give way to the energy technologies of the future, still in development, such as waste-free thorium reactors and nuclear fusion. Mere conservation will not solve any problems, and there are no other feasible sources of reliable energy on the horizon that don’t have large carbon footprints. Note that the word “reliable” rules out solar and wind.
Cory Booker Deserves Credit
So far, only Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has shown the courage and sense to back nuclear power. He deserves credit for that.
But he and his colleagues who aspire to the presidency — Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — are obviously all ashamed they backed the $93 trillion Green New Deal.
Why else would they have lacked the courage to vote for it?
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