I vacation in North Conway, NH, the state with the first primary, and I subscribe to the Conway Daily Sun, an excellent little newspaper. Today’s issue has a Letter to the Editor from Elizabeth Warren. She promotes the Green New Deal and explains how it works. You have got to read it.
Here is the link: https://www.conwaydailysun.com/opinion/columns/elizabeth-warren-a-climate-plan-that-works-for-the-most/article_57490ff6-cfee-11e9-8e7f-1bb011ea5c83.html#utm_source=conwaydailysun.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2Fwednesday%2F%3Fasd1234%26-dc%3D1568194206&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline (The letter in its entirety is also reprinted below.)
In supporting this proposal, Warren is all over the map, not a surprise given the fundamental transformation of our economy that this would entail. But her facts are simply wrong and her solutions go way too far. Even if you completely believe in climate change (and I am a big skeptic), the solution she proposes is much worse than the problem. And the solution involves many more issues than “global warming.” The Green New Deal is a sneaky way to “fix” America in the radical environmentalist/socialist mold, not a way to prevent some perceived global catastrophe.
I am amazed at how she mixes “global warming” with pollution. Nobody is in favor of dirty water or dirty air. But “carbon” is not a toxin, it is completely natural and not harmful. But this juxtaposition to make the problems mixed up so that they seem more urgent is not the least of her problems. She also believes “racism” is involved in climate change! Yes, carbon is a member of the KKK. She ludicrously asserts that minorities are more at risk because of climate change. That is just false. I think she makes this statement again and again so justify some sort of wealth transfer as part of her “green new deal” proposal.
She shows her agenda by admitting that “climate change” policies are wrapped up in all of her proposals. Thank you for letting voters know in advance, Senator.
The really big questions are not answered by Warren because she either doesn’t know or she doesn’t want to know. For example, if the U.S. undertakes this endeavor and spends how many trillions of dollars because we need “big, structural change across every sector” and will “decarbonize our electricity, our vehicles and our buildings,” what will our economic, political, and military adversaries do during the next 10 years? Are they all going to join us…or are they going to take advantage of a weakened, economically devastated country? Will our friends and enemies be buying our goods that will cost 5x more because we have a mountain of debt? Will we need to cut our defense spending because we just don’t have the money anymore?
Note how nobody is going to suffer. Workers in the coal and gas industries will be taken care of, don’t worry. They will get “financial security, including guaranteeing wage and benefit parity and early retirement benefits.” This promise alone may bankrupt the country. Imagine going from the number one energy producer in the world to zero, and promising to make all workers whole?
As ludicrous as this fantasy list is, this is just one of Warren’s famous “plans.” Remember, she has a plan for everything. She is also going to institute a wealth tax, she is going to takeover private healthcare, she is going to chop down big businesses to size, and she is going to make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. If Warren gets elected, maybe all the rich Americans will have to go to Canada to escape her greedy paws.
Whether rich people move, engage in tax avoidance, hide income and assets, or just lie on their returns, you know the projected revenues will never cover the expenses. So guess what? Warren will have to move the needle down from “billionaire” to YOU.
Here is her letter, in full:
The world’s leading experts have long known that climate change is real, it is happening, and we are running out of time. We face record floods, wildfires and extreme storms that rip apart whole communities. People are dying. There are billions of dollars in damage. The air we breathe and the water we drink are being poisoned by dangerous amounts of pollution.
Taking bold action to confront the climate crisis is as important — and as urgent — as anything else the next president will face. We cannot wait.
That’s why I’m an original supporter of the Green New Deal, which commits us to a 10-year mobilization through 2030 to reach the goal of net-zero domestic greenhouse gas emissions as fast as possible. It’s also why I’ve woven climate change throughout my policy proposals, because we need big, structural change across every sector, and we need to sustain it over time. On Tuesday, I put out a plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy in America in 10 years — building on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s 10-year action plan to decarbonize our electricity, our vehicles and our buildings.
But to really address our climate crisis head-on, we must address the legacy of environmental racism and recognize that climate change doesn’t impact every community equally. Hard data shows that it disproportionately impacts communities of color, indigenous people and low-income Americans. People of color are more likely to live in neighborhoods with toxic waste facilities. Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be exposed to air pollution than white Americans. Intense storms bear down on these communities — with recovery that is slow, painful and often lacking total support from the government. Latinx families and workers are vulnerable to record heat waves and heat-related deaths. Indigenous people are seeing their food supply threatened, facing displacement from their homes, and are being trampled over by special interests that want to exploit their lands and sacred sites. I could go on.
Our climate crisis will leave no one untouched. It poses an existential challenge — but it also gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to marshal all of our resources and all of our people to unleash the best of American innovation and creativity to take it on.
We’ll do that by employing millions of workers in good, union jobs with accompanying pay scales and benefits. We’ll provide coal workers and others employed in the fossil fuel industry with financial security, including guaranteeing wage and benefit parity and early retirement benefits. For too long, there has been tension between transitioning to a green economy and creating good, middle-class, union jobs. In a Warren administration, we will do both things.
We’ll take on the racism and inequality embedded in the existing system and readjust our economic approach to ensure that communities of color and others who have been systematically excluded from our fossil fuel economy are not left behind. We can make sure that we prioritize resources and investments that’ll spur economic development for these communities while also protecting them from the harmful effects of climate change now.
We can do more. But to do it right, we must create a truly participatory and democratic process, centered on and led by those living on the front lines of climate change. In the course of this campaign, we will be talking to the people, experts, advocates and families who have felt or seen first-hand the depths of the crisis we face. With them squarely at the table, we will be releasing our ideas on how we can directly confront the racial and economic inequality embedded in our fossil fuel economy.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to our climate crisis. As president, I promise you that we will confront climate change, but we won’t do it by turning our backs on the communities of color and the most vulnerable or on workers employed in the fossil fuel industry. We can lift up frontline communities, empower workers and tackle climate change — all at the same time. This is the promise of the Green New Deal — and this is why I’m in this fight.
Elizabeth Warren represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate and is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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