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The “Green New Deal” and Other Lefty Fantasies by The Elephant's Child


Supposedly Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “‘Green’ New Deal” is quite popular among the new far-leftists in Congress. Democrats remain enamored of the memory of FDR. Some believe that he saved the nation from the Great Depression, (he didn’t). But anything with the term “New Deal” will be more popular on the Left. Young Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a veritable wealth of ideas that are just plain wrong. She is not stupid, as so many claim. She just has a lot of very, very bad ideas. Money is not a problem – “We’ll just pay for it.” she says. Raise taxes as high as 82% on the wealthy? Fine. Her Green New Deal would cost 8,000 times as much as President Trump’s Border Wall request, according to Tyler O”Neil at PJ Media.

The “Green New Deal” will cost approximately $49,109 trillion in the first ten years, enough to fund Trump’s border wall 8,616 times over. The president is requesting $5.7 billion for the wall.

PJ Media calculated the cost of the “Green New Deal” by integrating each of the cost aspects involved in a Power the Future analysis and calculating their cost for the U.S. over about ten years — and in one case through 2050.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the “Green New Deal” will force America to transition to an economy run from 100 percent renewable energy. Christopher Clark, a physicist who has studied rapid deployments of renewable energy, told The Hill that building this kind of generating capacity would cost “at least $2 trillion.”

Her idea for “renewable energy” probably does not contain nuclear power, for there seems to be a lot of resistance to building new nuclear power plants, although California’s small Diablo Canyon nuclear plant produces more energy than all of California’s many solar farms and wind turbines put together. The website for the left-wing think tank Data for Progress explains:

The goals of the Green New Deal are nothing short of radical. As the website for the left-wing think tank Data for Progress explains, the Green New Deal aims to “transform the economy and the environment in ways that achieve sustainability, equity, justice, freedom, and happiness.” Achieving happiness has never been easy. Even harder will be the Green New Deal’s aim of completely eliminating the use of coal, oil, and natural gas by 2050.

How all this happiness and energy legerdemain will be achieved is anyone’s guess. Supporters are particularly vague about how they would find the hundreds of billions — or even trillions — of dollars needed to attempt such a plan. Nevertheless, there is one unassailable fact about the Green New Deal: It is not green. Indeed, the entire notion of an all-renewable-energy system is the antithesis of environmental protection and scenic conservation.

Promoters seem to assume that there are vast tracts of vacant land, territory that is just waiting to be covered with renewable energy projects. To fuel the U.S. economy, would require state-sized empty territories to be covered with nothing but wind turbines and solar panels. (All that territory where the Deplorables live) It would require stringing tens of thousands of miles with new high-voltage transmission lines. Vox featured an explanation of the Green New Deal, and the feature was the kind of solar plant that proved to be essentially worthless at Ivanpah, in the Mojave. Doesn’t work. Didn’t produce the energy required, killed birds by the thousands.

Two researchers from Harvard published a study that looked at energy-production data from 1,150 solar projects and 411 onshore wind projects. Meeting U.S. electricity consumption would require 12 percent of the continental U.S. land area for wind— or an area more than twice the size of the state of California. Not going to happen.

Here are some notable facts. Environmentalists and climate change activists want to believe in themselves as “social-justice warriors” fighting for the good, but the policies they promote would seriously harm people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. They are anti-human.

Here is a graph from a panel organized last month by the Heartland Institute, and the European Institute for Climate and Energy. Dr, Craig Idso , Founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change said:

[R]adiosondes’ [balloon] measurements shown in blue reveal that the actual warming rate is three times smaller than that predicted by the models [red bars show warming that should have occurred from 1979-2017, as predicted from 102 different climate models].

See the important graph here: It explains how and why the average of climate models has vastly overestimated the warming. Some climate scientists thought they could put the climate of the world into a computer, and get a program that would correctly predict the future climate. GIGO: garbage in garage out. But that became the “Scientific Consensus”.  They knew a few facts, added some estimates and some guesswork, and a significant bunch of mistakes, and lo and behold: “Science”
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The Speech and the Aftermath by The Elephant's Child

President Trump’s speech from the Oval Office tonight was “filled with lies”, “racist,” the partisan media even questioned whether the media should allow the President of the United States to address the nation from the Oval Office. “Should allow!” That statement clearly demonstrates just where we are today, and how far the Democrat Party has sunk.

Democrats have discovered their ability to “de-platform” or threaten those who advertise on conservative radio or conservative websites —works. Threats of lost customers, bad publicity, even demonstrations can convince companies to pull their advertising from whichever victim the left has chosen. The current victim is Tucker Carlson. The Left has just persuaded the restaurant chain Red Lobster to blacklist  Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight. Tucker is effective, knowledgeable, and last month he made comments criticizing American immigration policy. He also commented that many women do not want to marry men who make less income than they do — an obvious truism, but contrary to today’s “enlightened” attitudes. That statement must clearly be attacked. But new congressperson Rashida Tlaib can address the President of the United States with an expletive unrepeatable on television.

Democrats don’t like opposing views. That should tell you that there is something wrong with their message. If they are right, know what they are talking about, speak truth, they wouldn’t have to worry about anyone disagreeing.

Nancy Pelosi is trying to claim that a wall on the border is “immoral”. As I wrote earlier, one third of the world’s nations have walls on their borders. The idea that we have to have open borders for anyone who wants to come to America is an absurdity. What Democrats want is more Democrat voters. They have arranged for illegal aliens to be able to get driver’s licenses in California, and with the drivers’ license they get voter registration. Democrats depend on those illegal voters. They want more illegal aliens to be in this country for the upcoming Census, which will give them more representation in the House of Representatives which is based on population, and the Census counts bodies, not citizens.

Accuracy in Media pointed out that Trump’s Speech left the so-called fact checkers little to work with.

Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist also took on the angry media.

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) explained the problems with the border in his home state.

The Washington Free Beacon also did a little “fact-checking” of the fact checkers. The current majority of illegals apprehended are not from Mexico. And the drug problem is also all too real. They have numbers.

Here’s Chris Buskirk explaining the humanitarian crisis.


Democrats Favor Illegal Immigration Because It’s All About Power by The Elephant's Child

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