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Commentary Green New Deal: Doubling Down on Stupid

Will Donald Trump win the 2024 election?

By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at ConservativeReview.com

When it comes to climate change policies, Democrats are doubling down on stupid. Instead of learning from the failures of former President Obama’s clean energy agenda, Democrats are driving over the climate change cliff by supporting the Green New Deal.

The absurdity of the Green New Deal is a tremendous political gift to Republicans. The environmental goals of the plan alone will dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels in ten years, replace air transportation with high-speed rail, rebuild all U.S. buildings, and somehow address cow carbon emissions by presumably aggressively discouraging dairy and meat consumption. This is the effort of delusional minds completely out of touch with reality and American values.

The Green New Deal is an affront to liberty and a wake-up call for Americans and American businesses to the perils of socialist Democrats who seek to control every aspect of our lives. The good news is that the gains Democrats made with suburban voters and political independents who gave them control of the House of Representatives can be reversed when the consequences of this policy become widely understood.

Labor unions, a key voting bloc for President Trump in Midwest swing states, are expressing deep concerns about the New Green Deal. The United Mine Workers, whose members suffered from Obama’s war on coal, are sensitive to radical environmental policies. A coal union spokesman said in response to the resolution, “Our members are worried about putting food on the table.”

International Union of North America, a construction union, expressed similar concerns, pointing out that workers are doing better working on fossil fuel industry projects than renewable energy.

To end the madness, Republicans must drive a stake through the heart of the Green New Deal by reminding voters of Obama’s clean energy errors and recent examples of transportation failures, as well as problems from the limitations of renewable energy.

To recap, Obama threw about $90 billion of federal stimulus money to jump-start the clean energy economy. The results were disastrous. Many companies that received grants and loans under Obama went bankrupt. After losing billions of taxpayer dollars on clean energy projects, companies such as Fisker Automotive, Solyndra and A123 Systems became household names and poster children for Obama’s clean energy debacle.

While the percent of wind and solar power is rising following the Obama years, these sources of electricity currently only deliver about ten percent of the U.S. supply, reaching an estimate of seventeen percent in 2020.

Accordingly, the Green New Deal has an impossible amount of ground to cover in ten years. Reducing traditional forms of energy for electricity generation will be expensive and increase the possibility of power shortages.

New England is carrying out a diluted version of the Green New Deal, implementing state-mandated renewable energy standards, closing coal plants, reducing nuclear energy, and trying to fill the power gap with lower carbon dioxide-emitting natural gas.

Tinkering with the energy mix is harming the region. All six New England states made the top ten list of the most expensive states for electricity.

Most concerning, during the recent polar vortex, solar and wind power provided less than five percent of energy for electricity generation, about half of its regular contribution. ISO-New England, the nonprofit that controls the region’s electric power grid, is concerned about future electricity shortages because of the loss of traditional forms of energy.

Obama’s dreams of a high-speed rail line never developed, despite an $8 billion investment from his economic stimulus package. A number of states didn’t want the project, and California significantly cut back its high-speed rail plan.

California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom just radically modified the high-speed rail line that was going to connect San Francisco with Los Angeles. Instead, the governor cut back the rail project to link Bakersfield to Merced, stating the original plan was too costly and would take too long.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., wants the Senate to vote on the Green New Deal resolution. Essentially, McConnell is setting a political trap by getting Democrats’ views of the resolution on record.

Ironically, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who appeared with freshmen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in announcing the Green New Deal resolution, is complaining about the vote.

Markey claimed the vote is an effort “to sabotage the movement we are building” and “to silence your voice.”

The problem for Democrats is that money can’t change the laws of physics.

The new wave of socialist policies advocated by the extreme and radical elements in the Democrat Party is going to backfire big-time on Democrats in the 2020 elections.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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