Looming Green New Deal Nightmare
By Craig Rucker
October 7, 2020 - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is rapidly morphing from extreme rhetoric to dangerous reality.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is using his state's size and power to push the GND on an unsuspecting nation. Newsom is not only shutting down efficient power generation, but bypassed his legislature and signed an executive order banning the internal combustion engine by 2035!
Telling the public that wind and solar can replace oil, gas, coal and nuclear in just 15 years is dangerous politically correct unreality.
CFACT senior policy advisor Paul Driessen lays out the magnitude of this folly at CFACT.org:
Even assuming the United States and world could mine, process and transport enough metals and minerals – and manufacture and transport all the components and finished equipment to make this happen – this brave new all-electric nation would require millions of onshore wind turbines, tens of thousands of offshore turbines, billions of solar panels, billions of vehicle batteries, billions of backup energy storage batteries, thousands of miles of new high voltage transmission lines, and billions of tons of concrete!
The GND would turn our Midlands – what elites denigrate as flyover country – into vast energy colonies. Millions of acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic areas would be blanketed by industrial wind, solar and battery facilities, and power lines to electricity-hungry towns and cities. Windswept ocean vistas and sea lanes would be plagued by towering turbines. Birds, bats and other wildlife would disappear.
As energy analyst Ron Stein details at CFACT.org, California's energy grid is already experiencing blackouts that will worsen as more energy plants power down.
The anti-energy Left understands that they cannot permit even so large a state as California to take the Green New Deal plunge in isolation. Faced with hardship and high prices, people and businesses will flee to more affordable energy states.
That's why they so badly want to take the GND nightmare national and force every American to endure their pain.