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May 30 2019

New Mexico Imposes Its Own Green New Deal

Prior to the 1990s, New Mexico was a red state. Then came demographic transformation, gradually reducing Republicans to irrelevance. Formerly cowboy country, now the Land of Enchantment is so far left, it is attempting to impose a variation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s demented Green New Deal.

From Fox News:

Newly-elected Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the “Energy Transition Act” in March. This law requires that New Mexico move to 100 percent carbon-free energy – the same long-term goal as the “Green New Deal.”

Running anything resembling a modern economy without emitting harmless CO2 is not even remotely feasible. To impose such an economy would require a level of tyranny unprecedented in human history.

This destructive law is essentially a hidden carbon tax and will threaten the jobs of thousands of energy workers, raise utility rates, cut state revenue, and make green energy companies rich at the taxpayers’ expense.

Even if the law could prevent any carbon from being emitted in New Mexico, it would have no perceptible effect on the supposedly problematic climate. But the global warming hoax isn’t about the weather. It is about two things: Democrats’ lust for control and the greed of crony capitalists in the “green energy” sector.

The Energy Transition Act could double electric bills, according to the Heritage Foundation. Succumbing to moonbattery is not cheap.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and 1-Bodhisattva.

Apr 20 2019

AOC Doubles Down on Green New Deal

Despite the cascades of ridicule, despite it not winning a single vote in the Senate, despite it revealing the Democrats as the party of maniacs in the tradition of the Khmer Rouge, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still has not given up on the apocalyptic Green New Deal. WARNING: the video below may diminish IQ and/or induce uncontrollable vomiting in those who have not developed a high tolerance to moonbattery.

There you have it; only a sinister capitalist conspiracy could explain resistance to the leftist plan to cripple the economy and plunge us into a subsistence level existence under an all-powerful oligarchical collectivist regime.

Imagine being ruled by people who actually believe this B.S., or who are wicked enough to pretend to believe it. AOC is literally too stupid to understand that planting mangroves is not going to generate as much wealth as distributing oil. Dems who are not cognitively disabled know that the Green New Deal would be an economic death blow and a prescription for mass starvation; they back it anyway.

Coal country responds:

Hat tip: Conservative Tribune.

Feb 18 2019

Green New Deal Applied in NYC

To get an idea of how the Green New Deal championed by AOC and all the major Democrat presidential candidates would work, look to a public housing project near her office. The New York City Housing Authority (Nycha) decided to insignificantly reduce harmless carbon emissions by changing to LED light bulbs…

One recent project focused on 23 housing developments, and changing the light bulbs and fixtures there cost $33.2 million. Supplies account for a fraction of that cost. Under Nycha’s Project Labor Agreement, electricians make $81 in base pay and $54 in fringe per hour, and overtime is usually time and a half. Add administrative and contracting expenses. All in, Nycha paid an average of $1,973 per apartment to install LEDs.

This sheds some light on the economic aspects of the Green New Deal.

For Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, sky-high labor costs are part of the plan. Her Green New Deal resolution would create “high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages” and reinforce “the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain.” It also mandates upgrades for “all existing buildings in the United States” to “achieve maximal energy efficiency.” In this worker’s paradise, there’s a $1,973 LED in every socket.

Who pays for it? The “rich,” until they run out of money. That won’t take long.

As for the tenants,

they’d rather see money go first to getting rid of vermin, mold and lead paint, tidying filthy premises, or improving safety.

They live in government housing; what do they expect? Looting sprees dressed up in leftist ideology will always take priority over getting the rat population under control.

At least taxpayers will save a few pennies thanks to the more efficient light bulbs. Or maybe not:

LED lights and other energy-efficiency upgrades may drive Nycha’s utility bills down, but those savings aren’t directly passed on to taxpayers for as long as 20 years. Under the federal Energy Performance Contracting Program, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to reimburse Nycha for utilities at pre-LED levels.

AOC’s fellow commie Bill de Blasio wants the city to confiscate property from private owners and turn it over to Nycha, which has been named the worst landlord in the city. Eventually, it will be the only landlord. Think of the savings, and how grateful the planet will be.

On a tip from Varla.

Feb 12 2019

Turning Students Against Green New Deal

It’s easy to change students’ minds about Democrats’ Green New Deal. Unless they are insane, all you have to do is tell them what is in it:

Thanks to Cabot Phillips, these students won’t graduate without learning anything at all.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva. Hat tip: I Love My Freedom.

Feb 12 2019

Green New Deal Would Cause Mass Starvation

The Democrats’ Green New Deal is not just bad policy. It is lunatic social engineering on a scale not attempted since Pol Pot killed a quarter of the Cambodian population. If it is implemented, Americans would not be so lucky as to have 75% of the population survive. Deliberately collapsing the economy as a pointless gesture on behalf of the planet would result in mass starvation. Fortunately, a few people understand this — including a former president of Greenpeace:

The “Green New Deal” proposed by congressional Democrats is a “recipe for mass suicide” and the “most ridiculous scenario I ever heard,” Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore (shown) warned in an exclusive interview with The New American. In fact, Dr. Moore warned that if the “completely preposterous” prescriptions in the scheme were actually implemented, Americans could be forced to turn to cannibalism to avoid starvation — and they still would not survive.

Moore notes that without fossil fuels, food could not be delivered into cities. The situation would quickly resemble a zombie apocalypse.

The trees and animals so ostentatiously beloved by environmentalists would not fare well either:

“[I]f you eliminated fossil fuels, every tree in the world would be cut for fuel. There is no other source for heating and cooking once you eliminate fossil fuels. You could use animal dung, if there were any animals left, but the animals would all die too because they would all get eaten.”

That’s what happened to pets and zoo animals when socialists destroyed the economy of Venezuela.

Moore could not help but notice that the global warming dogma Democrats use to justify the Green New Deal is fraudulent:

Moore also explained that so much of what climate alarmists were pushing was pseudo-science and easily discredited lies. For instance, carbon dioxide is actually doing great things in terms of greening the planet — after all, it is plant food, Moore said. He also lambasted those who say coral reefs are dying due to alleged man-made global warming, something he said was not true.

Unsurprisingly, this thought criminal is not with Greenpeace anymore. He left when the organization began “characterizing people as the enemies of the Earth — the human species as the enemies of nature, as if we were the only evil species.”

The Democrat Party has become suffused with this same radical ideology.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Feb 08 2019

The Literal Insanity of AOC’s Green New Deal

If Bernie Sanders is America’s Hugo Chavez, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is our Pol Pot. Her demented Green New Deal would require totalitarian social engineering on a scale not seen since the Khmer Rouge killed off a quarter of the population of Cambodia. The more we learn about it, the more loudly sane people laugh — unless they have read up on their 20th century history and realize that people like her sometimes end up in power.

Yesterday AOC et al released an overview. It is staggering.

Stalin only had 5-year plans. AOC doubles that with a 10-year plan that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions. This alone is impossible; merely breathing creates greenhouse gas emissions. But this isn’t really about global warming malarkey. It is about leaving “liberalism” behind and going whole hog for communism.

Per OAC’s website (although it looks like they just now took this down), the Green New Deal explicitly guarantees everyone the following at everyone else’s expense:

• A job with family-sustaining wages, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security
• High-quality education, including higher education and trade schools
• High-quality health care
• Clean air and water
• Healthy food
• Safe, affordable, adequate housing
• An economic environment free of monopolies [except for Big Government, which would have an absolute monopoly on everything]
• Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work

You read that correctly: unwilling to work. Here we see why the dregs of humanity will actually vote for socialists like Bernie and AOC. The plan is for us to work as slaves to finance their workfree lifestyle as they lay around puffing on legalized dope. Because “social justice.”

AOC’s wish list would come at an incomprehensible cost, which she resolutely refuses to address. Even at a 100% taxation rate, there is no chance we could afford any of it after the economy has been reduced to absolute ruin by a ban on the fossil fuels and nuclear energy that make it go. Presumably, the plan is to just print the money, like they do in other socialist utopias like Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

The Federalist lists the 10 most insane requirements of the Green New Deal plus bonus insanity (click through for annotation):

1. Ban affordable energy.
2. Eliminate nuclear energy.
3. Eliminate 99 percent of cars.
4. Gut and rebuild every building in America.
5. Eliminate air travel.
6. A government-guaranteed job.
7. Free education for life.
8. A salubrious diet.
9. A house.
10. Free money.
11. Bonus insanity: Ban meat.

Even a half-serious attempt to bring this to fruition would mean the collapse of the economy, totalitarianism, and the effective end of property rights. In short, this is a call for the end civilization in America.

That’s okay, people chuckle. Everyone knows that AOC is a screwball and far dumber than most of her fellow bartenders. No one takes this stuff seriously.

No one? From Fox News:

The plan, which calls for a massive package of big-government proposals including health care for all, quickly picked up the backing of major 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. — who all co-sponsored the resolution.

Other presidential hopefuls Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, and Beto O’Rourke have expressed their support.

Even a token attempt to implement this agenda would be devastating to the economy. The government is already about $22 trillion in debt and counting quickly. Merely to elect someone who would not react to the Green New Deal with horror would be to move the Overton window so far to the left as to exclude wealth and freedom from our socialist future.

On a tip from Stormfax. Hat tip: Philosoraptor.

Jan 10 2019

The Green New Deal and the Killing Fields

Despite its obvious collectivist objectives, the Green New Deal championed by today’s radical Democrats is only superficially similar to something Stalin would have imposed. Stalin only starved a relatively small percentage of the Soviet population. The totalitarianism of malevolent lunatics like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and of course Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (all of whom support the Green New Deal) is more along the lines of the social engineers of the Khmer Rouge, who managed to kill off one-quarter of the population of Cambodia.

These days, leftists would regard a body count on that scale as a good start but insufficient to perfect the weather through reduction of carbon emissions. Jim Geraghty has a look at the fine print of the Green New Deal:

Under the Green New Deal, within eleven years, the United States would be required to eliminate not merely nuclear power — which does not directly produce any carbon dioxide or air pollution — but all natural gas. Natural gas currently provides about 32 percent of America’s energy, and nuclear power produces another 10 percent. The “Green New Deal” would also eliminate coal, which provides almost 18 percent of America’s energy, and liquid natural gas and oil, which generates another 28 percent.

In other words, within eleven years, the United States would need to replace about 88 percent of its current energy sources. This is not possible short of a societal collapse to agrarian subsistence.

An agrarian subsistence economy would support only a small fraction of the USA’s current population. Millions of us would starve so as to usher in an insane conception of utopia, just like in Cambodia under Pol Pot.

The Green New Deal would also:

• Destabilize world politics by cutting the US military at least in half;

• Directly throw out of work millions of people employed in forbidden industries;

• Ban “non-essential individual means of transport” (i.e., privately owned automobiles);

• Replace unemployment insurance with make-work government jobs (i.e., when our jobs disappear, we become federal property).

But since civilization will collapse as soon as the energy mandates are imposed, none of these bullet points matters. Our only concern will be to count ourselves among the few who don’t die of starvation or in the inevitable violence.

At least this would solve our illegal immigration problems. Central America is heaven on earth compared to what Democrats want to turn America into.

On a tip from Varla.

Dec 27 2018

Green New Deal Could Be Economic Death Blow

FDR’s New Deal dramatically expanded the federal government and kept the country mired in depression for years. Democrats dream of recreating this achievement with a Green New Deal:

More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the “Green New Deal” as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as “economic, social and racial justice.” A poll found most Americans supported the deal, but knew little about it.

All they need to know is that they are good people if they put the Earth first, and bad, greedy people if they don’t want Democrats to confiscate their money and lower their standard of living.

The main backer of the Green New Deal is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a cognitively challenged bartender who next month will become a congresscritter, and who has been christened by both the party establishment and the media establishment as the future of the Democrat Party.

The Green New Deal is not limited to absurd schemes to optimize the climate through massive taxation and regulation, but would also include job guarantees, guaranteed minimum income, and universal healthcare. It is a new name for socialism.

A primary goal is to forbid the use of fossil fuels. If actually implemented, this alone could collapse the economy and result in mass starvation. On the positive side, liberals believe it would make the weather more pleasant for polar bears.

While specifics are lacking, it is clear that implementing the Green New Deal would cost many trillions of dollars. The healthcare aspect alone would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years, if it came in the form of the Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan. Universal basic income would probably cost even more, depending on the income. The cost of generating all the energy we require with wind turbines and solar panels is incomprehensible.

Meanwhile, as Democrats prepare their plans to dig deeper at a furious rate, we already find ourselves at the bottom of a very deep hole:

The federal government has added another $1,370,760,684,441.54 to the debt since last December 25, according to numbers published by the U.S. Treasury. …

According to the latest numbers published by the Treasury, which show where the debt stood on Dec. 20, 2018, the federal debt was $21,863,635,176,724.12.

The 1-year increase in debt comes to $10,743.82 per household.

Interest payments on this massive debt will become increasingly burdensome:

Those payments are projected to triple to more than $600 billion by 2023, reflecting rising interest rates as well as the exploding deficit. That figure approaches the amount the U.S. spends on national defense every year, and dwarfs what it spends on agriculture, Medicaid, income security and veterans’ programs…

Like the economists say: if something can’t go on forever, it will stop. The only argument for letting Alexandria et al. take charge is that it would get the inevitable collapse over with quickly.

The scariest part is what will follow the collapse. Progressives are banking on communism or something very like it. That’s why they don’t mind bringing it about.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva.

May 07 2019

New York State Descends Into Ecotyranny

There is no guarantee that the USA will always be a First-World country with a modern standard of living. Imagine if the people running New York State controlled the whole country. In less than a generation, we would be right where they want us — shivering in the dark:

An environmental bill unveiled Monday could block construction on a pipeline that would bring natural gas to [New York City].

Natural gas is clean and affordable. Liberals oppose it on incomprehensible ideological grounds, because it is a fossil fuel.

The legislature, sponsored by Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Ulster County) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Queens), would ban the development of new plants or pipelines and also direct state energy officials to create a plan for moving the electrical grid entirely off fossil fuels by no later than 2040.

It is said by some that this will somehow improve the weather.

If passed, the measure could put a stop to any project that has yet to be permitted, including the 23-mile-long Williams pipeline, set to carry fracked natural gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania, through New Jersey into the five boroughs.

Nuclear power might make up the difference, without emitting the harmless carbon that we are told to regard with superstitious dread. But liberals won’t allow that either.

That’s fine. What does New York City need energy for? Blackouts help members of the community get to know each other. People you never knew were your neighbors might come through your door — with the help of an axe, as law and order give way to chaos.

The new bill is only part of the lunatic campaign to abolish the reliable energy required to sustain New York.

Lawmakers are also weighing a vote on the Climate and Community Protection Act, which calls for a 100% reduction of all emissions by 2050, attaches fair labor standards to green projects and includes equity provisions that require 40% of the state funds used for the transition away from fossil fuels be invested in low-income communities and communities of color.

Imagine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using the powers of a dictator to inflict her demented Green New Deal. How long would the lights stay on? Not only New York City, but the entire state is ruled by people like her, so we may find out. If national elections go poorly, the entire country will find out.

On a tip from Sean C.

Mar 10 2019

Why AOC’s Mom Left New York

Tax & spend firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s mother Blanca no longer lives in New York. Like many others, she escaped the state because it is run by moonbats like her daughter, and the taxes are consequently too high to bear:

If AOC and her allies are able to inflict the Green New Deal, Florida won’t be far enough; Blanca will have to escape the USA.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Feb 06 2019

The High Price of Green Posturing

Green posturing comes at a high price. Fortunately for pols, they aren’t the ones who pay it — we are:

Political leaders in a college town in central Texas won wide praise from former Vice President Al Gore and the larger Green Movement when they decided to go “100 percent renewable” seven years ago. Now, however, they are on the defensive over electricity costs that have their residents paying more than $1,000 per household in higher electricity charges over the last four years.

That’s right – $1,219 per household in higher electricity costs for the 71,000 residents of Georgetown, Texas, all thanks to the decision of its Republican mayor, Dale Ross, to launch a bold plan to shift the city’s municipal utility to 100 percent renewable power in 2012 when he was on the city council. …

His decision to bet on renewables resulted in the city budget getting dinged by a total of $29.8 million in the four years from 2015 to 2018. Georgetown’s electric costs were $3.5 million over budget in 2015, ballooning to $6.3 million in 2016, the same year the mayor locked his municipal utility into 20- and 25-year wind and solar energy contracts to make good on his 100 percent renewable pledge.

Here’s what residents got for the money:

Ross was elevated to celebrity status, appearing in scores of articles and videos, both at home and abroad. Al Gore made it a point to feature the Texas Republican mayor at renewable energy conferences as well. Ross was even featured in one of Gore’s documentaries.

They must be so proud — even if the 100% renewable energy claim is “nothing more than spurious sloganeering” because “wind and solar power can’t be relied on to keep the lights on 24/7/365.”

After AOC and the rest of the radicalized Democrats take power, the whole country may be as proud — and as broke — as the residents of Georgetown, Texas.

On a tip from Chuck A.

Aug 23 2018

New Republic Demands an End to Automobiles

Firearms and automobiles mean the same thing in private hands: empowerment of the individual. That’s why authoritarian collectivists — i.e., progressives — seize on every opportunity to attack our constitutional right to bear arms. You didn’t need a crystal ball to see that soon they would come after cars too. A recent piece in the New Republic screams “The Modern Automobile Must Die”:

[T]he only way to achieve these necessary, aggressive emissions reductions to combat global warming is to overhaul the gas-powered automobile and the culture that surrounds it.

It is a matter of political faith that warm weather is a problem and that cars have anything to do with it.

In 2010, a NASA study declared that automobiles were officially the largest net contributor of climate change pollution in the world.

2010 was during the Obama administration, when the politicization of NASA reached such comical extremes that Administrator Charles Bolden declared the agency’s “foremost” mission to be Muslim outreach.

By “pollution,” they mean CO2, which is not only harmless by indispensable, as it makes the plants grow. Yet we are expected to quiver in terror as the liberal establishment gasps,

[T]ransportation is now the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States…

Interestingly, the piece acknowledges that this is about freedom:

[G]as-guzzlers symbolize nearly every cliche point of American pride: affluence, capability for individual expression, and personal freedoms.

No New Republic reader would indulge in something as gauche as American pride.

Another interesting admission is that electric cars create more emissions than regular cars if the electricity comes from burning coal. No one could seriously think sufficient electricity to keep millions of cars on the road could be generated by solar panels, wind turbines, pixie dust, etc.

When a failure to deal responsibly with mental illness combines with lack of security (and sometimes cowardly/incompetent law enforcement) to produce a school shooting, the liberal media bends over backward to channel everyone’s emotions into hatred for those who defend our right to bear arms. Expect a similar exploitation of traffic accidents. A taste of what’s to come:

[A]ccidents are among the leading causes of death in the United States. “If U.S. roads were a war zone, they would be the most dangerous battlefield the American military has ever encountered,” [The Atlantic’s Edward] Humes wrote. It’s getting more dangerous by the day.

At least they corrected the article so as not to state that Chrysler is a German automaker.

On a tip from Stormfax.

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