Lindsey Graham challenges Democrats to vote on Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

February 9, 2019 by Tony Mator

Lindsey Graham challenges Democrats to vote on Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ ImJonCarroll / Shutterstock

Far-left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is dead on arrival.

That’s what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is betting on as he dares Democrats to bring the economically toxic bill to the Senate floor.

“Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!” Graham tweeted. “Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change.”

Bill Divides Democrats

When Ocasio-Cortez introduced her environmentalist manifesto, which is actually a nonbinding resolution titled “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal,” the bill was received with ridicule from the right and mixed reactions from the left.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissively quipped, “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) cautioned that the resolution’s pie-in-the-sky goal of replacing all air travel with high-speed rail will be “pretty hard” for residents of her home state.

What’s worse, Ocasio-Cortez isn’t doing her cause any favors with a disastrous set of interviews. One moment agreeing the bill is a “massive government intervention” and the next dismissing this characterization as a scare tactic of the right, she revealed her lack of knowledge  with such statements as, “A corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay for it, and taxpayers have to pay.”

An “Unserious” Bill

Since Ocasio-Cortez’ resolution went public, critics have lambasted it as “unserious.” The “Green” in Green New Deal is clearly the trillions of dollars its goals are going to cost taxpayers, and a cursory glance at those goals reveals an extreme environmentalist pipe dream clogged with carbon-free unicorn dung.

Among the deal’s marshmallow hearts, stars and rainbows are such gems as: guaranteeing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” eliminating all nuclear and fossil fuel energy in as little as ten years, and requiring the retrofitting or replacement of every building in the country for “state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” Every. Single. Building.

Also, it’s difficult to take seriously a bill whose stated reason for seeking net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions rather than zero emissions is “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

Which begs the question: What do our green overlords intend to do with all the cows — and will PETA be okay with it?

The bill reads like a conservative’s parody of left-wing extremism, but if acted upon, the devastation it causes will be no joking matter. The House Republican Conference labeled it a “Trojan horse for Socialism,” and the Republican National Committee estimated the Green New Deal would cost at least $2 trillion and obliterate one million jobs, all while promoting dubious alternative energy sources and threatening the United States’ status as the world’s top superpower.