Biden embraces own version of Green New Deal to please AOC and radical left
Not wanting to be left behind as Democratic presidential hopefuls move further and further left and seek to outdo each other with ever-more radical, expensive and impractical policies, former Vice President Joe Biden announced a fantasy plan Tuesday to combat climate change.
The immediate goal of the plan seems to be to curry the favor of self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and supporters of her “pie-in-the-sky” (Michael Bloomberg’s words, not mine) Green New Deal.
Embracing the Chicken Littles of the left who warn of the end of the world as we know it in a dozen years, Biden said “we must take drastic action now to address the climate disaster facing the nation and our world.”
Biden estimates his plan would cost the federal government $1.7 trillion over 10 years, to be supplemented by more than $5 trillion from the private sector and state and local government. But the numbers, much like the science, are all speculation. One thing we know for certain: estimated costs for government programs almost always prove to be far too low.
But, hey, as Ocasio-Cortex says, who needs to be factually correct when you are morally right? And who needs to worry about how to raise trillions of dollars from American taxpayers?
Not only that, who needs to worry about the millions of Americans who would lose their jobs in the coal, oil, natural gas, manufacturing, steel, transportation, agriculture, ranching and mining industries under the Biden plan, which he modestly calls The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice.
Last month, I warned that Ocasio-Cortez and her allies were making a transparent play to force Biden to embrace their radical Green New Deal.
The Biden campaign said the former vice president’s plan would ensure that the U.S. achieves a 100 percent clean energy economy and reaches net-zero carbon dioxide emissions no later than 2050 – a lofty goal that in reality is unachievable.
The freshman socialist congresswoman castigated Biden for considering a “middle ground” environmental plan, saying that was a “deal breaker.” Biden responded with defiance, saying that he’s “never been middle-of-the-road on the environment.”