April 30, 2019

If it’s true that, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims, we’re all going to be dead in 12 years if her “Green New Deal” doesn’t become law, then I have some bad news: we’re all going to die anyway because the Green New Deal may cost over $90 trillion, but it won’t make a dime’s worth of difference to the climate.


(Not to be outdone on the doomsday prediction front, “Beto” O’Rourke gives us only 10 years.  Conversely, I give his campaign only about 10 more months. Or at this rate, maybe 10 weeks.)


The Daily Wire reports that the American Enterprise Institute just released a study of the Green New Deal, breaking it down into separate policy proposals and assessing each by cost and effectiveness toward achieving the goal of “net zero carbon emissions” by 2050.


Bottom line: even if we ignore all the damage it would do to the economy, individual freedom and prosperity, fund it fully and implement it as proposed…and even if it all works just as its backers claim…and even if the eco-science they espouse is accurate…the total reduction in temperature rise by 2100 would be between 0.083 and 0.173 degrees C.  The report describes that number as "barely distinguishable from zero."  The overall assessment is that it’s really just a massive plan to replace market forces with government control and central planning, thinly disguised as an environmental bill. That news will probably generate even less of a shock than a windmill on a breezeless day. 


You can read more details at the link, which contains another link to the full AEI report if you want to dive into it even deeper.  And to address one of the weaknesses in the report up front, the researchers admit that many of the cost estimates were difficult to analyze because the people who wrote the plan were very fuzzy about their numbers.  Why does that not surprise me?


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  • Sylvia Highburger

    04/30/2019 08:42 PM

    NASA has come out with an articl about the CO2; we need Carbon Dioxide to green the Earth.
    AOC and her friends are drinking the Kool Aid, and need to be voted out of Office in 2020.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/30/2019 04:57 PM

    NGD Bogus BS:
    Doesnt cover EV Charging commercial
    & need planes for transoceanic flights IE EU, Asia, etc alone.
    So dated, stuck in past/
    Dems live like 1866.
    No change.
    No ideas,Nothing
    & Plan wont cover Hyperloop

  • Scott Schroeder

    04/30/2019 03:54 PM

    It is interesting to note that President Trump and Representative Ocasio-Cortez could not be further in policies, but do share 1 main connection. They are both working at their first elected offices. Of course one supports an R and the other a D, but that divide between those 2 letters is humongous. What could be the reason for such a vast expanse? Age is the most obvious factor, which leads immediately to the underlying factor. They were educated in completely different systems and I'm not talking privilege or economics. President Trump was taught and Representative Ocasio-Cortez was indoctrinated. The last 30 years has seen our education system go from facts, dates, science and US greatness to a distortion of those facts and a warping of science. The Green New Deal is the epitome of the teachings from the ultra leftist professors and schools now in charge. Progressives have stolen our once unbiased halls of education and replaced it with a socialism charged system that churns out extreme radical proposals like the Green New Deal, Medicare for all and an open border that will change the traditions of the USA forever.

  • Vernon Hinz

    04/30/2019 03:16 PM

    The truth about all this climate change is simple. If the idiots new how to read and do honest research they would see that there has been dramatic changes in the climate for centenary's

  • Anne Turner

    04/30/2019 02:30 PM

    Dear Kamala,

    I hope it is okay to call you by you first name as I am much older and I can see you want to identify with we common people. You are quite an attractive candidate, eith good looks and and a pleasing personality. I know you are well educated and smart as can be. If I may offer a suggestion, please rake a short basic course in economics and learn how wealth is created. When paying for effort budinesses look at the benefit received when paying salaries. Fast food places like McD’s have their place and the rely on part time inexperienced personnel. Their workers come to them often with no work experience whatsoever. I am speaking of teens. They are trained to do a job that a robot could do if McDs wanted to make the investment. If hourly wages are inflated beyond benefit received, then that investment might just pay off. Kids learn a lot and get paid for it. These minimum wage jobs were never intended to be career jobs or to support a family. Do you want a training ground we’re teens and maybe retirees can get paid or would you rather no jobs at all? I just visited Easter European countries the suffered at least forty years of the ultimate in socialism. They are now ardent capitalists as they know that is rhe way to acquiring a good standard of living from the labor of one’s mind and hands. You do a disservice to your constituents by appealing to their emotions not the realities of the marketplace. That is immoral and unethical. It also displays your ignorance. I think you are better than that.

  • Carol Copeland

    04/30/2019 01:38 PM

    I think I’ll leave it up to God about the “Climate Change”. He’s the one in control of it all & has been from the beginning of time.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    04/30/2019 11:13 AM

    Note that bills put forth by AOC and the other clueless children all contain the word 'Control'. Gun Control, Climate control - it's about controlling the population by socialist losers.

  • Dale Baker

    04/30/2019 10:59 AM

    Does AOC even realize that wind turbines run on fossil fuel which has to be drilled and refined before use?