A poll released in December 2018 stated that the overwhelming majority of voters from both political parties were in favor of the Green New Deal. However, new facts have come to light that show that the poll, which conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, was far from unbiased.
The introductory paragraph to the Green New Deal survey sounds far more like a promotional brochure than an unbiased description. It tells respondents that some members of Congress are proposing a Green New Deal to produce jobs, strengthen the economy, speed up the transition to clean, renewable energy, upgrade the energy grid and boost energy efficiency. It also tells respondents that the Green New Deal will upgrade buildings and transportation infrastructure, invest in green technology research and provide training for new jobs in the green new economy. Sounds nice, right?
One would be hard pressed to find an individual who isn’t in favor of improving the economy and the environment at the same time. Producing jobs is also great, as is improving the nation’s infrastructure. However, the glowing description of the Green New Deal doesn’t provide much information for respondents to go by.
The truth is that there is much more to the Green New Deal than the survey let on, and when these details are known, most people who stated that they are in favor of the Green New Deal would be likely to oppose it.
For instance, the Green New Deal proposal to retrofit every single building in the United States for maximum energy efficiency has been decried not only as insanely expensive, but also completely impossible. The government cannot mandate that building owners carry out certain types of repairs and renovations on their properties, additionally, zoning laws and historic preservation laws would actually make certain types of repairs and renovations illegal. As the state of California has recently discovered, making homeowners install solar panels on homes drives up the cost of housing. In fact, civil rights leaders are already suing California because the state’s climate policies are hurting poor residents.
The idea of forcibly upgrading all existing buildings isn’t the only one that would wreak havoc on Americans throughout the country. The Green New Deal calls for the ultimate elimination of airline travel, a move that would also eliminate 11 million jobs associated with that industry. The 1.1 million people who work in the fossil fuels industry would also be left jobless.
As former governor and current Florida Senator Rick Scott accurately points out, the Green New Deal would decimate local tourist industries, reducing the amount of money that states would have available to spend on environmental improvement. It is estimated that the entire deal would cost a whopping $93 trillion dollars to implement.
It is worth noting that, once the facts behind the Green New Deal became public, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the congresswoman who was originally behind the plan, almost immediately deleted the resolution from her website. The truth is that while many of the proposals included in the Green New Deal sound good on paper, they either wouldn’t work in the real world or would cause unimaginable pain and suffering to the very people that the deal is meant to help.
~ Conservative Zone