‘There is some language that gave us some concern…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) The so-called Green New Deal, as championed by socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., has been enthusiastically embraced by grassroots activist groups—but establishment environmentalists aren’t buying it.
Last week, a coalition of 626 progressive groups sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, urging “visionary and affirmative legislative action.”
But the Green New Deal proposal was not signed by the some of the biggest, most influential “green” groups in the country.
Noticeably absent was the Sierra Club, which claims 3.5 million members and dates back to 1892.
Other major groups keeping the radical proposal at arm’s length include, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Environment America and the Audubon Society.
Al Gore’s extreme Climate Reality Project and activist billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen America also abstained from endorsing the Green New Deal.
“There is some language that gave us some concern,” one of the largest environmentalist orgs told The New Republic, a liberal news magazine, on the condition of anonymity.
Representatives from several non-signatory mega-groups said they feared backlash from Ocasio–Cortez’s Twitter army and other far-left activists if they spoke on the record.
Their concerns were over Green New Deal “details.”
The initiative invokes FDR’s “New Deal” jobs program meant to pull America out of the Great Depression. But if Ocasio–Cortez and company get their way, they could, perversely, cause economic ruin.
Their stunning demands include immediately halting all fossil-fuel leasing on federal lands and offshore areas, as well as prohibiting any permits for fossil-fuel power plants, pipelines or other infrastructure projects.
Also, a ban on all American fossil-fuel exports, and a 100-percent transition to renewable energy by 2035 or earlier—or in just 16 years—which by all reasonable accounts is both infeasible and ruinous.
The Green New Deal also calls for “public and community ownership over power infrastructure and electricity,” and an outright ban on all vehicles powered by gas and diesel engines “as quickly as possible.”
Essentially, the proposal calls for a complete economic and political takeover under the guise of climate change, and would cause a “humanitarian crisis” in the process, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
And that’s too radical for even the most radical establishment environmentalists.