Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced her proposal for the Green New Deal this past Thursday. The Green New Deal promises instant action on climate change and promises economic stability to all American citizens. The proposal has some really ambitious and, in reality, impossible goals for the country.
The Green New Deal calls for a zero emission and zero greenhouse gas society in 12 years. This is a very ambitious and unrealistic goal. The methods proposed to deal with climate change, unemployment and economic stability to all American citizens are quite shocking.
Ocasio-Cortez has put in the proposal that air travel, both domestic and international, need to be put to an end in order to cut emissions down to zero. Ending air travel altogether would truly have an intense effect on economies and countries worldwide. Totally ending air travel in and out of the United states is a very ambitious idea to put out, not to mention doing it in 12 years.
The proposal also calls for the banning of petrol engines, urging all automakers to switch over to electric only cars in only 12 years. This would more than likely cause a huge crash in the automotive industry, with such a dramatic change forced on them in a small amount of time.
These are just a few things from the proposal that are whacky and unrealistic. One of the most out-of-touch aspects of the bill is that any American unable or unwilling to work for any reason should be promised economic security by the federal government. In other words, the federal government will mail you a check every month to any American unwilling to work for any reason. The insane strain this would put on the country economically is mind boggling.
The amount of power and authority the federal government would need to be given in order to carry these incredibly wild demands out is scary. The federal government would be in charge of jobs in total and distributing them out to people as they see fit.
The Green New Deal would also provide universal healthcare, which means the federal government would be in charge of everyone’s healthcare. I do not want the people $22 trillion in debt to be in charge of my healthcare. Being in that much debt in my opinion means they shouldn’t be in charge of much. The amount of trust you must have in the federal government in order to think The Green New Deal is a good idea just makes no sense to me.
No matter what party is in the White House, the government doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to being honest and using tax dollars efficiently. We are $22 trillion in debt as a country. That right there should tell you our government shouldn’t be trusted with a wet napkin, let alone healthcare, jobs, economic stability, etc.