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Opinion: Green New Deal is not the solution

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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Senator Ed Markey (R), Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation. 

The proposed Green New Deal is unaffordable and undermines freedom and responsibility.

Let’s discuss the end of the world. Many politicians touted it as a ‘possibility in the next few years’ many times over the last century. Al Gore told his supporters, in 2006, that the world only had 10 years before the use of fossil fuels and global warming would cause the end of the world.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out in 2018 and stated that climate change would be catastrophic before 2040. According to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she was in an interview in New York; “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change.”

If the world is going to end so soon, without our intervention, we have to act. That is not a question. If you can do the right thing then you should do it. For the reason of doing the right thing, we have the Green New Deal. The proposal seems to be the answer to all our current problems with climate change, socioeconomics and racism.

The issue is, the Green New Deal will never work. We can see this by reading the proposal. The deal calls for moving the United States to a 100 percent clean energy system. It calls for all buildings within the United States to be energy efficient. It calls for the creation of a family-sustaining wage with full benefits, after state provided education, for all those working.

It also creates a security net for all those who are unable or unwilling to work. This is all expected to be implemented within the next ten years. To put this in perspective, it took 10 years to build the Nebraska State Capitol building.

The lowest estimate for the cost of the Green New Deal, that I could find, was $6.6 trillion a year, according to Noah Smith, a Bloomberg columnist and professor of finance. The highest I saw was over $100 trillion (Steven Crowder on the Green New Deal 2019). The $6.6 trillion is more than three times what the United States makes in taxes a year.

The solution to the cost that was given in the proposition? The Green New Deal proposes to use credit from the federal government. This will drive our economy and country even further into debt.

All aspects of the Green New Deal have issues that fly in the face of individual freedom and responsibility. The idea that people are incapable of handling their own issues is a blatant attack upon each individual within the country.

This deal incentivizes being unwilling to work. As though the fact that you feel entitled enough to not work should be a reason that you should get paid.

Every item that I listed, as well as those that I didn’t have time for, are serious issues for individuals within the United States. More importantly, this is a take over by the government.

To quote David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times: “The Green New Deal concentrates power in the hands of the Washington elite in a way nothing has done since World War II.

It would literally have Washington planners taking over the energy business, taking over the transportation business, so no planes are possible or necessary, taking over health care."

The Green New Deal is not the solution to the predictions of the end of the world. The Green New Deal is unaffordable and unconstitutional.