‘You’re not going to find out whether that’s achievable for decades…’
But on the heels of the socialist “Green New Deal” disastrously floated last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City is increasingly viewed by liberals as too tame.
After posting the framework for her radical environmental policy online, Ocasio–Cortez later retracted the document, claiming it was only a draft, and blamed Republicans, without evidence, for distorting facts about it.
Nonetheless, on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised to put it to a floor vote.
Highlights of the plan included financial security for those “unwilling to work,” retrofitting every single building in the country to run on renewable energy and eliminating all fossil-fuel use in 10 years.
In an interview Monday with the Associated Press, Bloomberg bristled at the ridiculous, economically-illiterate proposals.
“Some of the things they talk about are very long term. Decades. You’re not going to find out whether that’s achievable for decades,” Bloomberg said. “If you say you’re going to do something, I want to know when, and how, and who’s going to pay for it. Legislators don’t work at that level.”
Many may wonder if the socialist-inspired proposal, while destined to fail in the Senate, was intended all along to push the dialogue leftward—and thereby re-calibrate the center.
Yet, every Democratic presidential front-runner endorsed it—in some cases, agreeing to co-sponsor a bill.
That makes Bloomberg the odd guy out on the Left if he officially declares his campaign.
“I’m focused on what are we going to do tomorrow,” Bloomberg told the AP. “I’m not a legislator. I’m an executive. That means doing things and not just talking about them.”
Although he previously ran as a Republican and an independent, Bloomberg’s record of both forcing and funding policies to reduce carbon emissions is solid, as far as left-of-center climate activities go.
Donating more than $218 million of his own money toward the cause since 2011, the financial services multi-billionaire’s efforts include secretly funding activist lawyers to work inside state attorney generals’ offices to sue oil companies and enforce left-wing climate change agendas.
But in the new era of socialism driven by Ocasio-Cortez—along with freshman congressional colleagues like Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.—Bloomberg’s hopes of riding his climate-change record to the White House may be dashed.
Tom Steyer, a radical San Francisco billionaire and friend of Bloomberg’s, said the former New York City mayor was taking a centrist approach that he believed was a dead-end street in 2020.
“Everybody on the Democratic side is going to realize you’ve got no chance being a climate moderate,” said Steyer, who also is considering a 2020 run.