by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
For those keeping score at home, that’s five prominent contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination embracing the Green New Deal. They haven’t just made vague promises to “combat climate change” or “reduce greenhouse gases.” They’ve signed on to a specific document with specific provisions that urge a series of truly immense political, economic, and cultural changes to fundamentally remake the United States.
Forget the Ocasio-Cortez background document; the actual Green New Deal is extraordinarily radical. It calls for a ten-year “national mobilization” to not only achieve “net zero” emissions but also provide “economic security for all people of the United States.” This means meeting 100 percent of America’s power demand “through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” It does appear that many Green New Deal proponents do at least include nuclear power in that mix, but even with nuclear power, that single plank of the Green New Deal is, well, a practical impossibility. …
… Look back at the list of presidential-candidate endorsers of this plan, all experienced politicians, all with years of experience working through the American legislative process. Now look back at the promises above. If you believe for one second that any material provision of the Green New Deal will become policy, you’re being conned.
A competent media could and should prove as much in mere moments.