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March 4, 2019

The New Green Trojan Horse

Filed under: Climate Change,Economics,Energy,Politics,Regulation — cpirrong @ 7:16 pm

My daughter alerted me to this interview of Rhiana Gunn-Wright, “one of the architects of the Green New Deal.” It’s annoying–I swear I would have gone completely mental had she said “right?” one more time–but educational. Not because you will learn anything about the way the world works, but you will learn the way the minds of the Green New Dealers work.

The interview is hosted by ex-Obamaite Jason Bordoff, now of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Given Bordoff’s current gig, he was obviously interested in the GND’s implications for energy. After all, the supposed raison d’etre of the GND is that our current energy system, dependent on fossil fuels as it is, is causing us to hurtle towards catastrophic warming.

But whenever Bordoff asked a question about energy, or climate policy, Gunn-Wright couldn’t even feign interest. Her responses were in the vein of “whatever”, and then she launched into impassioned monologues about what really interested her–a laundry list of progressive dreams from health care to child care to labor policy.

What’s clear from Gunn-Wright’s performance is that “climate change” is merely a Trojan Horse for a hard-core leftist agenda. The plan is to use climate alarmism to stampede voters into electing hard-left politicians who, once ensconced in power, will implement what good (I use that term ironically) socialists have been drooling to implement for decades–since before the original New Deal.

Meaning that if you think the GND as presented by the likes of AOC and Sen. Ed Malarky–excuse me, Markey–would be ruinously expensive–you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Speaking of AOC, thinking of her reminded me of Mark Twain: “First, suppose you are an idiot; now suppose you are a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” I think even Twain would be gobsmacked by the stupidity of Ocasio-Cortez. It’s beyond disturbing that such a moron promoting such a malign program is taken seriously, and has indeed bamboozled virtually every Democratic presidential candidate into endorsing her program.

But maybe that’s the good news. I think that it is highly likely that as enthusiastically as the coastal elites have embraced GND, it will prove toxic at the ballot box. Trump’s full-throated attacks on socialism certainly indicate that he believes so. And he has an innate sense for these things, as the very fact that he is president demonstrates.

One last thing. If you think I was scathing about the GND, I had nothing on Richard Epstein. He about jumps out of your computer in this podcast from a few weeks back. Worth a listen–especially as an antidote to the leftist bromides of Rhiana Gunn-Wright. Right?

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4 Comments »

  1. But, sir, it’s Twain’s observation that explains AOC’s possession (no other word will do) of Congressional Democrats, indeed politicians, in general. So, blindly stupid, Congress is the only stage upon which they can succeed at anything more complex than breathing.

    Comment by The Pilot — March 4, 2019 @ 7:36 pm

  2. @The Pilot. The WSJ had an oped saying that if she has her way AOC will destroy the economic and political system that allowed her to vault from bartending to Congress. I tweeted that she would destroy the economic system that allowed her to vault to bartending, which seems like a real stretch for her.

    Comment by cpirrong — March 4, 2019 @ 7:55 pm

  3. WRT the previous post on the IMO’s shipping fuel regulation, here’s a link on possibke effects to aviation. Only slightly related to this post, sorry for the drift.

    https://gcaptain.com/shippings-2020-low-sulphur-fuel-regulation-to-hit-airlines/

    Comment by The Pilot — March 4, 2019 @ 9:24 pm

  4. This woman has done nothing in her life save for left wing activist academia. I bet she couldn’t even read a set of accounts.

    Comment by Tim Newman — March 9, 2019 @ 1:35 am

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