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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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Nancy Pelosi Expects To Once Again Be Speaker, Shortly! by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will revive the “Select Committee on Climate Change that was disbanded when the GOP took over Congress in 2010. The radical justice Democrats  are pushing for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be a member, but Pelosi slyly refused to give the committee subpoena power and is preventing it from writing any legislation.

She also named Rep. Kathy Castor as chair. Castor is not a member of the Progressive Caucus and has actually accepted donations from (gasp) fossil fuel companies. The Justice Democrats have insisted that only those members who did not accept donations from energy companies be allowed to join the committee.

Pelosi said, when appointing Castor as chair:

“She will bring great experience, energy and urgency to the existential threat of the climate crisis. This committee will be critical to the entire Congress’s mission to respond to the urgency of this threat, while creating the good-paying, green jobs of the future. “

That didn’t go over well with the Justice Democrats who promptly issued a press release questioning the commitment of Pelosi and the Democrat leadership.

It’s extremely disappointing that the current proposal may be even weaker than Pelosi’s previous Select Committee on climate in 2007.  Democratic leadership still has time to create a Select Committee on a Green New Deal and support a serious proposal that holds fossil fuel billionaires accountable and is based on what science demands.

The party of the resistance can’t take the path of least resistance on climate and inequality.

Democrats will automatically support anything with “New Deal” in the wording. They still worship FDR.

Ocasio-Cortez has received an extraordinary amount of media attention, which I think Democrats are interpreting as support. They may come to regret that. Conservatives get a kick out of the way that every time she opens her mouth, the stupidity flows out. Chris Buskirk of American Greatness wrote a recent piece suggesting that she is not stupid at all, it’s just that most everything she believes is just plain wrong, and of course it is.

The climate folk never seem to do their homework. By that I mean they do not study up on the qualifications of the scientists, what they are actually saying, they just accept the latest buzz-words, and call the people who suggest they are mistaken “Deniers” and other bad words. Surely you have noticed that you are not allowed to disagree with a Democrat.

I think it was Jerry Brown who just pontificated about climate alarmism being “settled science.” Sorry, science is never “settled.” It is subject to constant study and attempts to replicate others’ conclusions. Al Gore went on at great length about the rising of the oceans, until he made a bundle with his alarmist movie, then he promptly bought an oceanside condominium on San Francisco Bay. Both tide gauge sea level and satellite altimetry show that the current amount of sea level change is about 3 millimeters a year, and that may be more because of land subsidence than actual sea level rise. Three millimeters is about the size of the lower-case letter ‘l’ in the awkwardly small type on this website.

Democrats are all excited about the Green New Deal, which is just socialism, but I repeat myself. They are so concerned about the horrors of carbon dioxide that they want to switch to renewables. Again, they haven’t done their homework. Wind is too intermittent to be a dependable source of energy, and solar energy is too diffuse, and there are clouds moving across the sky all the time. Occasio-Cortez thinks we have 5 years and we’re done for, and she expects New York to be underwater all too soon. So If she wants lots of new nuclear plants to be built, our society might not grind to a halt.

And then there’s the problem of where you get your science. Much of the current science comes not from observations of the real world, but from computer simulations in university labs. The problem is that there were a lot of things they didn’t have specific information for, so they put in estimates, and some intelligent guesswork, and a few assumptions, and so there you go.

I put a lot of emphasis on “doing your homework”– by that I mean that if you are going to be a citizen and a voter, you have an obligation to try hard to be informed. Doesn’t mean that we’re going to know it all, but we need to try – especially because Democrats feel no such obligation, and there are a lot of Ocasio-Cortez’s out there.

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