President Trump slammed the Green New Deal during a speech to energy industry workers on Tuesday, saying the progressive proposal to fight climate change “might be a bigger hoax” than the investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
“The Green New Deal is a hoax like the hoax I just went through,” Trump said during a speech promoting a liquefied natural gas export at an LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, La., The Washington Examiner reported. “I'm not sure, it might even be a bigger one. And mine was pretty big.”
Trump told the audience “everybody in this room gets fired” if the plan is ever implemented.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., took on another facet of Republican criticism. Markey, who is co-sponsoring the Green New Deal with Ocasio-Cortez, noted that the plan is often depicted by opponents as a socialist takeover, one that will prevent Americans from eating hamburgers and flying on airplanes (because both activities contribute to climate change). But then he pointed out that Republicans had taken many measures to help allies in the extractive industries, in particular by offering them tax breaks.
The sweeping progressive legislation spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., calls for the U.S to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 while shifting to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
Ocasio-Cortez savored the moment with a smile before continuing. Her remarks, which came at the end of the two-hour event, crystallized an argument for the Green New Deal that is rooted less in policy details, which remain largely lacking, than in a kind of existential desperation. Compromise has, that argument goes, led to the current state of affairs, in which an economy still reliant on fossil fuels is leading to what many scientists say will soon be catastrophic environmental degradation.
"The United States, we have been lowering our emissions over the past dozen years," Sen. John Barrasso, R, Wyo., the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday. "The cost of doing what they're proposing is so expensive and it would blow a hole in our strong and healthy and growing economy."
Video: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complete remarks on Green New Deal (C-SPAN)
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Ocasio-Cortez and presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hosted a rally Monday to support their environmental goals and to call for an end to all tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies.
“The reason why you hear constant disinformation about the Green New Deal is because they know how vulnerable they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Examiner. “If it really was just a silly little fairy tale, they would have just let it rock. But they know the knowledge and energy that is behind this.”
The problem with Bidens climate agenda, obviously, is that it isnt aggressive enough. Top climate scientists agree that the world has to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 — that would be two years from the end of a Biden presidency, if he wins two terms — to stay under 1.5 degrees of warming, and fully to zero by 2050. How to allocate those cuts is a tricky question, but given that the United States is responsible for a plurality of past emissions, and would find green upgrades considerably easier than most countries due to our wealth and inefficiency, it only makes sense for the U.S. to cut even faster than that.
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The Senate failed in March to reach the 60 votes necessary to bring the nonbinding resolution to a debate, and the House refuses to take up the matter. Democrats decried the vote as a sham to force them into a quick vote. More than 40 chose to vote "present."
In addition to mocking his Democratic challengers in the 2020 White House race on Tuesday, Trump focused his speech on efforts to increase liquefied natural gas exports. He argued it has added jobs and bolstered America's reputation as an energy provider in international markets.
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MPs should take inspiration from President Kennedys call in 1961 to put a man on the moon within a decade, says Colin Hines. Plus letters from John Stone and Paul Atkin Letters
As a result, all opposition parties are calling for the declaration of a climate emergency, but the governments actual policies – from fracking to the rollback of support for renewables and energy efficiency – are making things worse. Yet all is not lost. At the end of last year more than 60 Tory MPs signed an all-party letter calling on the prime minister to back a net zero-emissions target ahead of 2050. Clearly the disconnect here is the lack of necessary political will. MPs should take inspiration from President Kennedys call in 1961 to put a man on the moon within a decade, but this time the priority must be to save the planet, rather than leave it.Colin HinesConvener, UK Green New Deal Group
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• Orthodox economic theory is a spent force because it is based on a false premise: the wealth creation delusion. What is termed wealth creation is actually a process that destroys our planets natural wealth. Monetary wealth in the form of GDP is attributed to the destructive process to create the delusion of wealth creation. The consequences for our life-giving planetary systems, and ultimately our survival, are fast becoming apparent. We cannot tinker with such a drastically flawed system; we need a new philosophy of the meaning of life and living if we are to sustain human life. Sustainability necessitates extracting utility from nature without destroying it, and sharing out the proceeds.John StoneThames Ditton, Surrey
• Britain needs something like Ms Ocasio-Cortezs Green New Deal. And we need it now – before it is too late, says your editorial. We have it. Labours Green Transformation plan meets the IPCCs targets for 2030, and in a better world it would be a political consensus. Paul AtkinLondon