It’s a favor that most Senate Democrats probably do not appreciate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has announced he will schedule a vote on the Democrats’ “Green New Deal.”
That’s the plan by newcomer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., that guarantees jobs, housing and health care for all; calls for remodeling every building in the country; and phases out air travel within 10 years, among other things.
The plan has been endorsed by dozens of House and Senate Democrats, including some 2020 presidential hopefuls.
After widespread ridicule, Ocasio-Cortez removed from her congressional website an FAQ summarizing the plan. Her chief of staff initially claimed a “doctored” FAQ was circulating around the internet. But later it was confirmed the document was indeed produced by her staff.
“The fact that a young freshman would make careless mistakes is not that surprising,” said John Feehery, a former senior House aide. “The fact that all these presidential candidates, who are trying to distinguish themselves from the president by saying they have gravitas and credibility, would so blindly follow her is a little shocking.”
There’s been word the resolution might not even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled House.
But the Hill reports McConnell is happy to make sure that happens in the Senate.
It has virtually no chance of being approved, but the report said “it will force Senate Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential candidates, to vote on the proposal – potentially providing votes for McConnell and the GOP to exploit.”
“We’re going to voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” McConnell told reporters.
The resolution calls for the United States to eliminate additional emissions of “planet-warming” carbon dioxide by 2030.
NPR said the “deal” uses “very broad strokes” to create mandates to cut carbon emissions.
It requires that 100 percent “of the power demand in the United States” be met through “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”
And no nuclear energy.
Further, Ocasio-Cortez envisions upgrading all existing buildings, working with farmers to “eliminate pollution” and building charging stations for electric cars “everywhere,” making high-speed rail so effective that “air travel” is unnecessary.
And then there are the guaranteed jobs “with a family sustaining wage.”
Even the left-leaning NPR admitted the Green New Deal’s objectives would be “very difficult to implement.”
The NPR report also pointed out Ocasio-Cortez does not say “how” the plan will be funded or accomplished.