Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still pushing — and making it up as she goes, it seems — her “green deal” which she says will transform America.
Indeed it will.
It’s reminiscence of Obama’s promise to “transform America” and his leading transformation tool was Health care… sort of. Besides gutting the military and trashing the FBI and CIA, he got a lot done in ruining America.
So now AOC who, remember, is a socialist, is going to transform America by “re-making” the economic system; a system that depends on more than drastic measures over the next 10 years (from whenever the deal actually starts).
Ocasio-Cortez’s office released a FAQ explaining why they switched from “100% clean and renewable” to just “100% renewable.” (Emphasis added)
“… we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it—this is the plan to build the 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.”
AOC has yet to clarify exactly how to pay for this “huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy”, but no doubt it will involve higher taxes.
In just fuel expenditures alone, the airline industry spends about $180 Billion a year (global estimate). Think about the impact on the oil business if that income suddenly disappeared! I’m not an economist, but I would venture to say that would spell the demise of some oil-producing countries.
The United States accounts for approximately half of the global airline business.
Add to that the lost jobs, lost taxes, lost insurance premiums, et al and you have an economic world-wide catastrophe.
According to the Airlines for America website, in the United States the airline industry drives $1.5 Trillion in economic activity and more than 10 million jobs.
In 2017, the airline industry paid $24.1 Billion in taxes in local, state, and federal taxes.
And it’s not just airlines. To move away from fossil fuels means no combustion engines, no cars, no trains, no trucks, nothing that burns gas or diesel. Think about that.
Now, I’m willing to guess AOC hasn’t set foot on a real farm nor ventured within 10 miles of a cow (let alone a farting cow; what about horses, mules, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, llamas, camels, et al? Don’t they fart??).
Agriculture takes in everything from what midwesterners call “farming” (row crops, dairy, livestock) to growing oranges, grapes, watermelon, vegetables, fish, alpacas, (and now, unfortunately, marijuana), etc., etc.
The top 10 ag-producing states make up nearly 54% of American ag production.
So, AOC seems concerned about cattle. In 2013 Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas had a total of 1.34 million cattle grazing on “small grain pastures”. The entire population of cattle and calves in the United States at that time was nearly 91 million.
Total expenses for agriculture productions in the United states in 2017 was nearly $360 Billion. The Midwest states alone accounted for 1/3 of that total.
The point is, every dollar the ag industry spends goes toward supporting some other kind of business, including labor. The same goes for the airline industry, and every other industry in America. The economic devastation of implementing measures of the “green deal” is staggering to say the least.
But this is what Socialism does: It rewrites economic policy that puts ideas ahead of people, no matter what. It looks great on paper, but in reality it is unrealistic, impractical, unsustainable, not feasible, and just wrong.
The late Ann Landers said “If a million people have a bad idea, it is STILL a bad idea.”