Major labor union (which endorsed Hillary & Obama twice for Prez) unloads on ‘Green New Deal’ as ‘unrealistic manifesto’ that will ‘destroy workers’ livelihoods’ – & cause ‘economic and social devastation’
Labor leader Terry O’Sullivan, who's union twice endorsed President Obama for President and endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016, is have come out swinging against the "Green New Deal" from New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Statement of Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, On the “Green New Deal”:
"It is exactly how not to win support for critical measures to curb climate change...It is difficult to take this unrealistic manifesto seriously, but the economic and social devastation it would cause if it moves forward is serious and real...threatens to destroy workers’ livelihoods, increase divisions and inequality, and undermine the very goals it seeks to reach. In short, it is a bad deal."
Climate Depot Note: Other's on the political left are bailing on the "Green New Deal" as well: see: Prominent environmentalist Shellenberger: ‘I am calling Bullsh*t’ on Ocasio-Cortez! Declares AOC is ‘a climate fraud’ – Rips ‘Green New Deal’ as ‘climate fakery’
Major Union Boss UNLOADS on AOC’s New Green Deal: “Will Destroy Workers’ Livelihoods”
AOC’s disastrous “New Green Deal” that is so bad that Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), one of the biggest unions in the country, issued a formal statement tearing it apart. And it’s also thanks to President Trump supporting a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Those things combined could lead union members to vote TRUMP in 2020 in record numbers! …
Here is the Tweet LIUNA released, absolutely destroying AOC’s New Green Deal.
If you can’t read that, here’s the full statement, from their website
LIUNA on the Green New Deal
Statement of Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, On the “Green New Deal”
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2019) – The “Green New Deal” resolution released today is filled with lessons. It is exactly how not to successfully enact desperately needed infrastructure investment. It is exactly how not to enact a progressive agenda to address our nation’s dangerous income inequality. And it is exactly how not to win support for critical measures to curb climate change.
Attaching a laundry list of laudable proposals unrelated to climate change – proposals which LIUNA and other progressive organizations have long fought for – to the sails of fantasy ensures that they all go down on a sinking ship. Infrastructure issues must be addressed in infrastructure legislation, while climate issues must be addressed through climate legislation.
We enthusiastically support real measures to move toward a carbon-free energy future. We also believe in science, which dictates that we will never reach that goal without lower-carbon bridge fuels such as natural gas and carbon-free fuels such as nuclear power.
According to the resolution, a “Green New Deal” would require every car to be electric-powered and ban all fossil fuels, among other proposals. It is difficult to take this unrealistic manifesto seriously, but the economic and social devastation it would cause if it moves forward is serious and real.
While rhetorically mimicking one of the most successful government initiatives in our country’s history, there is a significant difference between the real New Deal and the “Green New Deal.” The real New Deal put green in working people’s pockets, won massive public support and lifted our nation out of despair. The latter threatens to destroy workers’ livelihoods, increase divisions and inequality, and undermine the very goals it seeks to reach. In short, it is a bad deal.
The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America.
While LiUNA is busy throwing AOC under the bus, they also seem to be warming to President Trump and his big new infrastructure proposal: