Green New Deal, Pink Unicorns, Leprechauns, and Pipe Dreams
Green New Deal, Pink Unicorns, Leprechauns, and Pipe Dreams
The Green New Deal may be the dumbest piece of legislation ever submitted. Conservatives rightly attacked it as so much panic-inducing horseshit, and even Nancy Pelosi gave it the Heisman and said, “no thanks.” Thankfully, it’s only a nonbinding Congressional resolution right now that allows all the leftist nutjobs running for President next year to virtue signal their wokeness by supporting it without actually having to vote in favor of it.
See how committed they are to socialist ideals? Now get out there, all you proglodytes, and vote for the Democrats who put their little hairy paws on their hearts and promise to destroy your economy, turn your great nation into rubble, and steal all your earnings all for the common good!
Because we all live for our brothers! At least that’s what the text of House Resolution 109 reads like.
Whereas the October 2018 report entitled “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that
(1) human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century;
(2) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure;
(3) global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond preindustrialized levels will cause—
(A) mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change;
(B) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100;
(C) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;
(D) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;
(E) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and
(F) a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States; and
Or not, says Bjorn Lomborg – director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and a visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. Things just aren’t that bad, and the changes from supposedly extreme weather will likely be gradual and hardly the humanity-ending events Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez Occasional-Cortex would have you believe.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its latest major global analysis, estimated that the total impact of unmitigated climate change from extreme weather, changes in agriculture, rising sea levels and so on would be equivalent to reducing the average person’s income by between 0.2 and 2 percent in the 2070s.
By then, developing world incomes will have increased by 400 percent to 500 percent or even more. Climate impacts have an ever smaller impact on humanity because of prosperity and resilience. A hundred years ago, climate disasters globally killed about half a million people annually. Today, with many more people, that toll has dropped by more than 95 percent.
This is from a guy who is not only a liberal, but also believes in anthropogenic climate change. What he doesn’t believe in is tossing trillions of dollars at an alleged problem because some clueless twit of a politician foments hysteria among equally ignorant, drooling, uninformed dolts casting votes.
Occasional-Cortex and her ilk love their pessimism. Everything to them is cause to panic and despair, and that despair can only be solved by more government control.
Fact is we are NOT in crisis.
We are better off as a nation and as a world than we were even 30 years ago.
As Steven Pinker said in a 2018 TED talk, “The other danger of thoughtless pessimism is radicalism. If our institutions are all failing and beyond hope for reform, a natural response is to seek to smash the machine, drain the swamp, burn the empire to the ground, on the hope that whatever rises out of the ashes is bound to be better than what we have now.”
That’s what AOC and her ilk want to do. They want to foment panic and manufacture crises so they can implement their “bright” ideas and exert control over your life.
And they are blaming the economic success of the US for all the world’s troubles, because like most filthy, disgusting socialist swine, they abhor achievement, they despise anyone who earns and succeeds, and they want to destroy the things they envy using via government force. They loathe success and accomplishment, because they cannot achieve it on their own, so they use government force to tear it down – the only way they can show themselves to be powerful and in control.
Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation;
This is a load of shit. China is the world’s largest polluter, responsible for 25.9 percent of greehouse gas emissions, the United States has already reduced said emissions by 2.7 percent during Trump’s first year in office, and we already lead the world in carbon emissions reduction.
Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with
(1) life expectancy declining while basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education, are inaccessible to a significant portion of the United States population;
(2) a 4-decade trend of wage stagnation, deindustrialization, and antilabor policies that has led to
(A) hourly wages overall stagnating since the 1970s despite increased worker productivity;
(B) the third-worst level of socioeconomic mobility in the developed world before the Great Recession;
(C) the erosion of the earning and bargaining power of workers in the United States; and
(D) inadequate resources for public sector workers to confront the challenges of climate change at local, State, and Federal levels; and
Crises? Oh, is THAT why we’ve had average real GDP growth of 3.175 in 2018? Is that why unemployment is below 4 percent? That’s quite the economic crisis we face!
(3) the greatest income inequality since the 1920s, with
(A) the top 1 percent of earners accruing 91 percent of gains in the first few years of economic recovery after the Great Recession;
Occasional-Cortex apparently slept through all her economics classes at Boston University, waking up for a brief moment when the professor mentioned the Gini coefficient, and then going back to sleep.
(B) a large racial wealth divide amounting to a difference of 20 times more wealth between the average white family and the average black family; and
This is where Occasional-Cortex goes off the rails, making claims based on biased research by French economist Thomas Piketty that have been widely panned by real economists such as Chris Giles, economics editor for the Financial Times, MIT economist Matthew Rognlie, UC Berkeley economist Alan Auerbach, and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute for everything from missing citations to sketchy sources to shoddy scholarship.
Most claims that income inequality is at a record high in the United States, including Piketty’s, are based on a measure of “market income,” which does not take into account taxes or transfer payments (or changes in household size or composition). The failure to consider those factors considerably overstates effective levels of inequality.
In other words, there is no crisis of inequality. Yes, there are people in the US who earn more than other people. They have different skills, intelligence, and life experiences that employers may value more than that of others. Inequality in and of itself is not a bad thing, but Occasional-Cortex and her jealous miserable mediocrity brethren want nothing more than for the incapable and indolent to be rewarded for their laziness and lack of skills and knowledge with the same salary as those who work their way up from rags to riches, whom they despise, because they succeed.
(C) a gender earnings gap that results in women earning approximately 80 percent as much as men, at the median;
That hackneyed old claim has been discredited so many times, it’s almost laughable that Occasional-Cortex still quotes it, but ignorance is her weapon and spreading it is her strategy, and the bumbling ignorami at whom she aims that weapon just eat it up.
Whereas climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices (referred to in this preamble as “systemic injustices”) by disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this preamble as “frontline and vulnerable communities”);
Translation: we are victims of weather. Give us free shit.
Whereas, climate change constitutes a direct threat to the national security of the United States—
(1) by impacting the economic, environmental, and social stability of countries and communities around the world; and
(2) by acting as a threat multiplier;
Oh, this is rich. A socialist who cares about national security, other than to ensure that the people whom the government abuses at the point of a gun and whose earnings she and her pals steal don’t revolt and throw off their chains!
Whereas the Federal Government-led mobilizations during World War II and the New Deal created the greatest middle class that the United States has ever seen, but many members of frontline and vulnerable communities were excluded from many of the economic and societal benefits of those mobilizations; and
And this is where it gets really stupid, because Occasional-Cortex and friends claim that it’s up to the federal government to address their histrionics.
By giving away free shit, of course! Especially to their chosen victim class – you know – indigenous people, people of color, people with vaginas, people who think they should have been born with vaginas, people who broke into our country illegally, and those too stupid or inept to earn a living on their own.
(2) the goals described in subparagraphs (A) through (E) of paragraph (1) (referred to in this resolution as the “Green New Deal goals”) should be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization (referred to in this resolution as the”Green New Deal mobilization”) that will require the following goals and projects—
(A) building resiliency against climate change-related disasters, such as extreme weather, including by leveraging funding and providing investments for community-defined projects and strategies;
(B) repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including
(i) by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible;
(ii) by guaranteeing universal access to clean water;
(iii) by reducing the risks posed by climate impacts; and
(iv) by ensuring that any infrastructure bill considered by Congress addresses climate change;
(C) meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, including
(i) by dramatically expanding and upgrading renewable power sources; and
(ii) by deploying new capacity;
(D) building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grids, and ensuring affordable access to electricity;
(E) upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification;
(F) spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry;
(G) working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including—
(i) by supporting family farming;
(ii) by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and
(iii) by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food;
(H) overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in
(i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing;
(ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transit; and
(iii) high-speed rail;
(I) mitigating and managing the long-term adverse health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects and strategies;
(J) removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and reducing pollution by restoring natural ecosystems through proven low-tech solutions that increase soil carbon storage, such as land preservation and afforestation;
(K) restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems through locally appropriate and science-based projects that enhance biodiversity and support climate resiliency;
(L) cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites, ensuring economic development and sustainability on those sites;
(M) identifying other emission and pollution sources and creating solutions to remove them; and
(N) promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal
Yes, this is a batshit crazy idea. Every home, every car, every building would have to be retrofitted with these new “green renewable energies.” And that would cost trillions upon trillions of dollars, which I’m sure Occasional-Cortex believes will be shit out by unicorns on top of a pink cloud – or printed out by the government in large quantities.
If you’ve ever read Ayn Rand’s novella “Anthem,” you will remember a dystopian society in which people exist and work at the point of a government gun. Achievement is shunned in favor of forced equality, and those who exhibit higher levels of intelligence, drive, or talent are forced into menial jobs to suppress their abilities and ensure they never consider themselves better, stronger, or smarter than the most pathetic mental defective.
Anthem is set in a primitive future in which technology and scientific knowledge have been lost because achievement and scientific progress have been banned. The tallest building is only three stories, sundials keep time, and the newest modern invention is the candle.
The unintended consequences of these insane policies will toss our nation right back to the dark ages, because what Occasional-Cortex and her pals are really after is for producers to produce for them – to invent shiny, new technologies by government mandate. They want the inventors, the achievers, the thinkers, and the scientific geniuses whose talents they couldn’t hope to match to produce what they want, when they wanted, and at a value they set at the point of a government gun.
See, scientific progress isn’t made for the good of one’s parasitic brothers. It’s made with the knowledge that the latest invention will be valued enough to make the inventor who took the risks and made the sacrifices loads of money, which Occasional-Cortex plans to appropriate and redistribute to those who don’t have the skill, knowledge, or abilities to achieve at that level.
Luckily, this is Occasional-Cortex’s Christmas list – the list she gives Santa when she sits on his lap and jumps up and down in wide-eyed excitement and demands a purple pony under her tree. It’s not serious, and it’s certainly not viable. It’s the delusional rambling of an immature, self-important, impudent child who thinks she’s entitled to be taken seriously because she managed to hoodwink a bunch of frothing proglodytes into voting for her with a cute Twitter presence.
It’s time the adults sent this twit to bed.