by Craig Richardson, E&E Legal President
As Appearing in the Washington Examiner
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her allies have made a big splash in advancing the so-called “Green New Deal,” which is supposedly intended to help the environment and address poverty. Ironically, this measure will most certainly only harm those already living in poverty and do nothing to improve the environment.
At its core, the Green New Deal is a measure aimed at eliminating all fossil fuel and nuclear energy and “meeting 100 percent of national power demand through renewable sources” within just a 10-year time frame, according to a draft legislative text.
“By developing a plan for a Green New Deal, we have an opportunity to create millions of good-paying jobs, virtually eliminate poverty in the United States, and invest in a just transition for communities that have been left behind by racism and corporate greed,” insists Varshini Prakash, founder of the Sunrise Movement.