‘I Was Laughing So Hard I Nearly Cried’: Here Are Reactions To AOC’s Green New Deal

It’s probably fair to say many people are tired of seeing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Having only been a member for a month, she’s still been on television interviews and she’s all over social media.

To the Left, she’s a new wave of Democratic populism, a spark of youthfulness, and a voice in a disoriented party.

To the Right, she’s like a gaffe machine and members on the right have expressed concerns over her understanding of how the world actually works.

Take her Green New Deal, for example.

She can’t really mean, as she says in the proposal, that she wants to get rid of planes and air travel? Or that she wants to add charging stations “everywhere” for electric cars? Or that she wants the U.S. to net “zero” carbon emissions by 2030?

From Twitchy:

We’ve heard plenty of takes on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Thursday, and we’ve also learned that 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris has signed on to co-sponsor it. But we’re still not sure … it’s a genuine House resolution, but people like Dave Weigel are telling us that it shouldn’t be taken literally.

Here’s more on the Green New Deal, from a Washington Examiner op-ed:

Just like the noble and righteous Paris climate accords, the newly unveiled Green New Deal makes massive promises with an total absence of legal enforcement.

The outline, which reads like it was written by a woke middle schooler, reads as follows (emphasis added):

Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it — this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible. We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.

And how will we pay for it, you may ask? The answer makes about as much sense as “Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”

The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment. At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel said she was laughing so hard at the proposal she nearly cried:

Here is how some people are responding to the far-fetched proposal:

 

As the Daily Caller News Foundation points out, Ocasio-Cortez’s own website features a picture of an oil rig—something she would like to do away with in her plan.

Here’s more:

The congressional website belonging to Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vehement opponent of fossil fuels, prominently features an image of an off-shore drilling rig.

At the time of this article’s publication, the offshore drilling rig picture could still be seen when visiting Ocasio-Cortez’s energy issue section on her congressional website.

The image is perplexing given her adamant criticism of the U.S. oil and gas industry and her promotion of the Green New Deal, a proposal to dramatically transition the country’s energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of power. It would seem a picture of a wind turbine or solar panel would be more fitting for her internet page.

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, unveiled her Green New Deal on Thursday. The resolution not only calls for a rapid overhaul of the country’s power market, but also sets a number of social justice and welfare goals — proposals that go well beyond climate change.


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