The Real Deal Behind the Green New Deal

Member Group : Jerry Shenk


What do “farting cows,” “healthy food,” “historic oppression,” “antidiscrimination,” “health care,” “vulnerable communities” and “indigenous peoples” have in common?

Answer #1: All appear as objectives or in an embarrassing, gone-missing, but meta-data-confirmed, internet-Cloud-preserved fact sheet of some congressional Democrats’ “Green New Deal (GND).”

Following its release, The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel tweeted: “By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If…GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job.”

The GND’s Soviet-style 10-year plan includes “a full transition off fossil fuels,” retrofitting or rebuilding every structure in America and eliminating air travel in favor of nationwide high speed rail. Because underwater high speed rail access or a means of fueling sea-going vessels isn’t mentioned, we’d be isolated from some entire continents – and Hawaii.

The GND proposes to “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high- speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.” (Note to higher ed: “Massively” upgrade remedial “writing” and “thinking” instruction, make both mandatory.)

The GND would also guarantee “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” Got that, slackers? Video gaming will become a righteous career choice.

The answer to the resolution’s first Frequently Asked Question states: “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…” (Hmmm…in the meantime, why not mandate methane-fueled aircraft to mitigate at least one of those problems?)

It continues, “…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.”

Uh-huh, in ten years. By 2030. And without any international cooperation, including from the world’s worst environmental malefactors.

One wonders: Did the GND resolution’s authors secure PETA’s approval for a mass slaughter of cattle? What future does the GND hold for other flatulent species, including the Earth’s 7.7 billion humans?

Frankly, it’s unsurprising that environmentally-unrelated liberal shibboleths, among them housing, income redistribution, health care, race and gender issues, are priorities of a resolution which falsely treats progressivism and environmentalism as fundamentally inseparable.

The #2, and better, response to this essay’s lead question is that targeting cow farts and the GND’s other green “objectives” are pretexts, merely agitprop designed to achieve other socialist policy goals. Its “solutions” to America’s alleged environmental “emergency” are to raise taxes, expand government, cripple capitalism and redistribute wealth.

Not coincidentally, those are the policies socialists always pursue, even absent overhyped, “urgent” environmental “crises.”

The deceitful Green New Deal is merely more of the semi-solids that frequently accompany bovine flatulence.