Green New Deal
Yesterday, the left wing of the U.S. Democratic party unveiled the “Green New Deal,” a broad-spectrum plan to fight climate change that would radically reshape the future of energy policy and infrastructure in the United States.
The plan — and its champion, the newly elected U.S. Representative from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — immediately drew strong reactions from across the political spectrum. Here’s our roundup of the burns, the boosts, and the friendly fire.
• Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel blasted the deal, writing on Twitter that if “a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job.”
• National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Bob Salera also didn’t pull any punches, telling the New York Times that the “socialist Democrats are off to a great start with the roll out of their ridiculous Green New Deal today!”
• The Republican National Committee also dissed the plan, calling it a “socialist wish list.”
• “One of the proposals in the ‘Green New Deal’ is to build high-speed train lines so flying is less necessary,” NC State astrophysicist Katie Mack tweeted. “This is not a radical proposal. In Japan, the Shinkansen covers distance approx LA-San Francisco in 2.5 hrs. At peak, trains every 10 minutes. The line was built in 1964.”
• “It is a breath of fresh air to see leaders in Congress discussing climate solutions that rise to the scale of the challenge,” Aliya Haq, the federal policy director for the Climate & Clean Energy Program, said in a statement. “America must move as quickly as possible to a 100% clean energy economy to end climate pollution, create millions of high-quality American jobs, reduce inequality and poverty, and safeguard communities from climate damages and environmental hazards.”
• “Climate change is an existential disaster facing the entire world,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted. “We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. A Green New Deal can save the planet and create millions of new jobs.”
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might be in the same party as Ocasio-Cortez, but she quipped to Politico that the “green dream or whatever they call it” was just one of “several or maybe many suggestions that we receive” — a jab that CNN called “serious shade.”
• Obama administration Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz piled on. “I’m afraid I just cannot see how we could possibly go to zero carbon in a 10-year time frame,” he told NPR.
• Others said the plan didn’t go far enough. “By failing to expressly call for an end of the fossil fuel era, the resolution misses an opportunity to define the scope of the challenge,” Friends of the Earth President Ericha Pica told Bloomberg.
READ MORE: Liberal Democrats Formally Call for a ‘Green New Deal,’ Giving Substance to a Rallying Cry [The New York Times]