The Green New Deal would be detrimental to the U.S. economy

The legislation would put too much stress on the American economy and infrastructure and widen the wealth disparity

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Alex Whipple, Guest opinion writer

There are a multitude of problems with the Green New Deal including unattainable goals that will leave the American economy in shambles and crush the working class, all while not even solving the original problem.

The main problem with most “green energy” legislation is the unrealistic goals. A majority of the goals within these resolutions don’t account for the enormous strain the economy would be put under. In the Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey want to try “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States” and “building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘‘smart’’ power grids.” This would plunge the American economy into shambles. By attempting to upgrade all existing buildings and power grids, the U.S. government would need to generate trillions of dollars. The only way they could hope to attain that much money would be to tax the American people into oblivion.  

The Green New Deal hopes to “provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States” but will only widen the socio-economic chasm. The Green New Deal hopes to phase out the coal and fossil fuel industries entirely. Approximately 1,122,700 jobs are created by the fossil fuel industry and a majority of them are held by blue-collar workers. Among the hardest hit will be our American farmers. Farmers rely on fossil fuels from combines and tractors to fertilizers and pesticides and taking away gasoline and diesel will render family farms inoperable. The rich and powerful, like Ocasio-Cortez, advocate for the destruction of millions of Americans’ livelihoods all while traveling on private jets that guzzle thousands of gallons of gas.  

The largest problem with the Green New Deal is it doesn’t account for the Chinese Communist Party. The Green New Deal wants America to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2030 but fails to mention that China accounts for 30% of the global greenhouse gases emitted and they continually increase emissions each year. 

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