Now for the charming topics of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, and the so-called "Green New Deal." If ever there was a multi-pronged way to snatch Depression from the Jaws of prosperity, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seems to have hit upon it.
Ms. AOC has discovered that the planet is warming to an alarming degree.
Never mind that she is in no sense a scientist. Never mind that many climatologists say that climate change is a hoax — and many say it’s not a hoax at all. Never mind that there are many different possible causes of climate change and that human activity is only one of several possible culprits. Never mind that the huge bulk of air pollution spreading over the earth comes from China, far beyond the reach of our laws.
And India and Brazil and other places far beyond our legal control.
Ms. AOC has reached the conclusion that the earth is warming to a degree that will end all animal life on the planet in about 12 years. And she’s sure she knows who’s responsible. Corporate America is killing the earth, or so Ms. AOC is certain.
Ms. AOC has also noticed that America generates most of its power by burning coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as breeding immense herds of cattle which let off breathtaking amounts of flatulence. She has also noticed that while the economy is wildly prosperous, there is still some unemployment in America. She has a solution: The Green New Deal.
Patterned very loosely after FDR’s New Deal to fight the Great Depression, AOC’s plan would mandate complete and total control over the economy by the federal government. A New Gestapo would be created to watch America like a hawk. There could be no more gas- or oil-burning engines for anything. There could not be burning any kind of fuel that gives off smoke at all.
Every structure in the USA would have to be inspected and then knocked down and built anew, or "retrofitted" so that it was totally powered by solar or wind or tidal action or some other form of totally non-polluting power.
This would cost so much money that from the moment it was enacted, the U.S. would be bankrupt, so writes Ben Stein in The American Spectator.
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