The much-ballyhooed “Green New Deal” touted by radical, left-wing, greenies in Congress, such as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would ultimately have almost no effect on the Earth’s temperatures even if the whole world implemented its destructive policies.
According to a detailed analysis of the plan by the Heritage Foundation, if the U.S. implemented it, about the only temperature change we would see is a change of 0.137 of a degree Celsius cooler by 2100. And if the whole world implemented the plan, the change would only be 0.278 degrees Celsius move.
In other words, it would do exactly nothing to fix global warming.
Yet, it would certainly destroy the U.S. economy and send every American back to the early 1900s in living conditions, not to mention cost every American household more than $100 each month in higher home energy costs for all these “benefits.”
It would also eliminate millions of jobs.
Ocasio-Cortez’ plan would end all jobs in the meat industry, the nuclear power industry, the coal power industry, many jobs in agriculture, car manufacturing, and other manufacturing jobs.
Further, even the jobs the plan claims it would create would never materialize.
For instance, the plan claims that it would make America a “lead exporter in green technology.” But that is a chimera because there would be few customers for this technology. No developing countries would be interested in the exorbitant costs of green tech when they can get their energy from low-cost fossil fuels, so none of those countries would buy our exported tech. And wealthier European countries would be developing the same stuff, so would not be too quick to buy our tech.
So, these so-called green jobs would never really materialize in enough numbers to replace all the other jobs the plan would eliminate.
But, even worse, would be the costs to every day Americans:
But not only would the Green New Deal be ineffective, it would also almost certainly impose steep costs on Americans, via increased energy bills.
The resolution calls for deriving 100 percent of America’s electricity from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission” energy sources—a steep increase from the 63 percent of electricity that came from carbon dioxide-emitting conventional fuels in 2017. Nuclear power was responsible for another 20 percent. But, according to the FAQ sheet, “The Green New Deal makes new fossil fuel infrastructure or nuclear plants unnecessary. This is a massive mobilization of all our resources into renewable energies.”
How does Ocasio-Cortez propose that we pay for all this self-destruction?
She doesn’t say. In fact, she pointedly doesn’t say by claiming that her plan is a way to address a world emergency as much as World War Two was — and we didn’t sit around asking how we would pay for World War Two, she said. We just did it.
That facile reasoning undergirds nearly every word of this “plan.”
Take a gander at Heritage Foundation’s analysis for lots more info.
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