ENERGY GROUP: Why is Gaetz Is Preparing ‘Green New Deal Lite’ Legislation?

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(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Matt Gaetz is reportedly preparing a climate change resolution called the “Green Real Deal.”

The rumored proposal is confusing many of the Florida Republican’s supporters. Gaetz is known as a staunch conservative, a member of the House Freedom Caucus and an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.

But pro-energy advocates say his Green Real Deal, meant as a response to socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, and her Green New Deal, advances many of the same core, alarmist premises.

A draft copy was obtained by Politico last week. It formally acknowledges climate change as a threat to national security and states that the government should take steps to reduce greenhouse gases—although it does not propose cutting carbon-based fuel usage.

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Earlier this month, Gaetz tweeted his recognition of man-made climate change—a position largely supported by climate-change skeptics, who say leftist advocates falsely frame the debate to undercut valid criticism of claims regarding the severity, long-term impacts, urgency and proposed solutions.

Despite his efforts, the resolution isn’t likely to win Gaetz any progressive fans, as he’s mostly loathed on the Left for his vocal Trump support.

But Gaetz does risk losing support among some conservatives who have previously come to his defense in the face of vicious media attacks.

Industry groups are also expressing concern. Thomas Pyle, president of the fossil-fuels-supporting American Energy Alliance, weighed-in on Tuesday.

“Rep. Matt Gaetz’s so-called ‘Green Real Deal’ is nothing more than a Green New Deal-lite,” Pyle said in a statement.

“While the resolution purports to affirm that the government should not pick winners and losers, it antithetically recommends taxpayer dollars be spent on preferred pet projects like nuclear modular reactors and carbon capture storage as opposed to what the green left would shower subsidies on,” Pyle said.

He also called the proposed measure “another big government scheme”—albeit not as big as the Ocasio–Cortez resolution—that would give handouts to favored corporations while the U.S. private sector is already leading developed countries in greenhouse-gas reductions.

Instead of getting the federal government out of energy markets, Pyle said Gaetz appears to be entrenching it farther.