by Daveda Gruber:
On Tuesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Kentucky said that he wants to hold a vote on the “Green New Deal” resolution proposed by and authored by co-sponsors Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. and Senator Ed Markey D-MA “to see how [Senate Democrats] feel about the ‘Green New Deal’.”
On Thursday the Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, slammed Republicans for planning a vote on the “Green New Deal.” Schumer labeled the forced vote a “stunt,” a “cheap, cynical ploy” and “a game of political gotcha.”
Schumer said on the Senate floor, “The Republican leader announced he’s going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against. Now that is what the American people hate about Congress, the pointless partisan games.”
Schumer, who was joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said, “Bring it on.” He also said Democrats “believe that we need to do something about climate change” he then added, “Do Republicans?”
The Green New Deal has been endorsed by nearly all top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
McConnell told reporters, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
McConnell wants to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal.
The proposal was put forward by Cortez and aims to transform the country’s economy in a bid to combat climate change. It was recently under examination that revealed that a related FAQ document included passages promising a job to “all people of the United States” that includes those “unwilling to work” and suggests that air travel could be made obsolete.
The document that is now deleted, told of getting rid of farting cows and airplanes within ten years. The goal has been changed to get to net-zero rather than zero emissions in ten years because they were not sure that they would be able to accomplish that as fast as they would like to.
McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor would enlighten the public to what Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.
President Trump has not thought much of the co-sponsored deal and tweeted this:
California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019
I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
Markey said, “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you, this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning,”
If this is the beginning, I am not looking forward to more of this rhetoric. Something in my head tells me, “If you like your car, you can keep your car.”
I really don’t see super trains taking the place of airplanes and I don’t see everyone getting rid of their car for an electric one. We can’t stop cows from passing gas. So, no more steaks or burgers? That upsets me, as well. I enjoy a nice Filet Mignon on occasion.
I see these points being brought to light continuously in the 2020 election debates. The Democrats will try to sell the American people on climate change/global warming but I don’t believe the majority of people are ready to accept what the “Green New Deal” proposes.