Much attention has been showered upon the first proposed bill introduced by new Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez popularly known as the “Green New Deal.” There are many flaws in this ‘plan’ that have been judiciously pointed out by capable commentators on every type of media platform.
Thankfully, the members of the House of Representatives have not yet considered the proposal. It is not quite a ‘finished’ bill despite being co-sponsored by several declared Democratic presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, and Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker.
Why is this idea being considered at all? To address the mythical catastrophe of ‘climate change.’
The Left, as has been chronicled here and elsewhere, has been devoted to the climate change fraud for decades. Unfortunately, some like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, are true believers in that pseudo-scientific cult.
We should understand that this “resolution” is designed, purposely or otherwise, to destroy the nation. Unless the tide is turned back, that goal may well be accomplished.
It Is Impossible and Will Destroy the Economy
This is a destructive idea because it cannot be done. It is literally impossible to accomplish the GND.
Americans like to believe we can accomplish things that others think are impossible, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The GND is impossible like a square circle is impossible and not even God can make a circle that is also a square.
That’s because the GND violates the basic laws of mathematics. It requires that 2+2=5, while reality says that cannot be so.
The estimated cost of implementing one aspect of the GND is 13 trillion dollars. That is the requirement to replace all power generation and operation to non-petroleum, renewable resources.
How do we know this? Because the power grid replacement part of the plan has already been researched.
As it happens, a team of Stanford engineers led by Mark Jacobson outlined just such a plan back in 2015. Jacobson’s repowering plan would involve installing 335,000 onshore wind turbines; 154,000 offshore wind turbines; 75 million residential photovoltaic systems; 2.75 million commercial photovoltaic systems; 46,000 utility-scale photovoltaic facilities; 3,600 concentrated solar power facilities with onsite heat storage; and an extensive array of underground thermal storage facilities. …The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calculated that the total cost …of Jacobson’s scheme would amount to $13 trillion. And based on how fast it has taken to install energy generation infrastructure in the past, Jacobson’s repowering plan would require a sustained installation rate that is more than 14 times the U.S. average over the last 55 years and more than six times the peak rate.
The phrase “photovoltaic system” is better known as solar panels. The impossible cost and effort required here are for just one part if this comprehensive plan for disaster.
The GND is far more encompassing than simply revamping the national power grid. Here is more of what this impossible dream entails.
…a guaranteed job with a “family-sustaining wage,” and universal access to high-quality health care, affordable housing, economic security, high-quality education, and healthy food. It also calls for increased government support for family farming, economic development in vulnerable communities, research and development, and environmental cleanup. And it would meet the goals of 100 percent renewable power production and no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. All of this would occur through a 10-year “national mobilization.”
Take just one other from this list. Start with “universal access to high-quality health care…”
How much would that cost? We have another example of the expense with the earlier proposals for “Medicare for All,” most notably favored by AOC’s Democratic Socialist compatriot, Senator Bernie Sanders of VT.
This universal health care plan would cost 32.6 trillion dollars over 10 years. The total is now 45.6 trillion dollars over ten years for only two small parts of the GND.
How would this be paid for? Well, it won’t be through taxes. If you took all the wealth of all the billionaires of the world it would pay for less than two years of the 45.6 trillion price tag.
However, American law enforcement could only seize dollars from American billionaires, which totals 2.48 trillion dollars. That wouldn’t fund six months of these two tidbits from AOC’s proposal.
Moreover, the proposal requires the elimination of all fossil fuels. This means the abolishment of all air travel, indeed of all air traffic, civilian or military, and somehow, the elimination of methane from cow flatulence, or else convince them to stop passing gas!
Yes, the cows are mentioned as a part of the proposal. At least, they were at first but that may have been hacked…more on that part later.
Civilian air travel would be replaced by a high-speed electric rail system, at least according to the GND. Only electric cars would be permitted and an entire network of electric charging stations must be constructed, as well as some way to get to Hawaii without airplanes or ships.
Additionally, this plan calls for the retrofitting and reconstruction of every building in the nation. That is not a misprint, folks; every…single…building.
Perhaps the most ridiculous piece of the GND resolution is the goal of,
Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.
I predict should this become codified that the list of those unwilling to work will grow exponentially.
In order to actually put this gargantuan plan into effect, the enormous cost necessitates funds that do not exist, nor can they be produced in 10 years or 50. Even AOC knows that much.
However, this is conveniently solved by something called Modern Monetary Theory,
Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to argue for Modern Monetary Theory — something she said “absolutely” needs to be “a larger part of our conversation” in a recent Business Insider interview. The theory says that because governments can literally print money, “they can spend as much as they like,”
This is what has just happened during the last two years in Venezuela. The government printed money to fund its unsustainable debts, and inflation ran wild.
Socialists are unable to see that it is the philosophy itself which is unworkable. The most recent example of such is being demonstrated in the devastated nation of Venezuela. The annual inflation rate recorded last month in that country was an astounding 46,305%!
Now that nation, once the richest in South America, is destitute. People have fled in droves because everything is gone, including basic food items.
Unfortunately, the Left is absolutely committed to this Socialist agenda. Such an agenda carries a more ominous threat than economic destruction, the destruction of liberty itself.
The GND Would Destroy Liberty
The impossibility of the GND resolution is not lost on most functioning people. However, just because it is impossible doesn’t mean the Left won’t try to do it anyway.
Why would the Left attempt something as insane as the GND? Why would they continue to attempt this thing that is clearly impossible to do, and has historically been proven to fail?
The answer to this question is twofold. One answer is simply that the person is deluded on the level of a man claiming to be a turnip.
This is the same kind of delusion the Left embraces with the aforementioned ‘climate change’ ideology. A delusion so pervasive that Leftists in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, are willing to change raw data and adjust it upward to justify their false claims.
In fact, the GND uses recommendations of the IPCC as the impetus for its proposal. This is similar to the mania of Leftists who engage in the destructive transgender ‘movement,’ and are not shy about abusing children to do so.
There is one other reason the Left will if they can, try to put the GND or something very similar to action, despite knowing it will fail. That reason is also simple, but it is in the shadows.
It is to assert complete control over the general populace. A cursory glance at the list above and the cost should cause us to pause and consider just how the government would accomplish these grandiose illusions.
There is but one way to do this, and some in the Left ardently wish this to be so. It can only happen with complete government control of, well, everything and everybody.
The radical Left is aware of this aspect of their plans. However, they also know that if most people realized the facts, they would totally reject the GND. Which is why AOC’s advisors are trying to walk back the original demands of the document.
As the video shows, AOC’s advisor claimed the original document, found on her Congressional web page was a conservative hacker’s creation. He has since admitted that he was wrong about the facts of the proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did, however, publish a “Green New Deal FAQ” that said it guarantees “economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work,” contrary to Hockett’s claims. Her office later deleted the FAQ.
The art of deception is one the Left is particularly adept at performing. The biggest deceptions are always saved for the biggest delusions.
For example, the claim that Obamacare would reduce costs by $2,500 a year was false. The claim that under government-run health care you could keep your doctor and your present insurance proved false as well.
Obamacare was a power-grab to gain national control over just one-sixth of America’s economy. Imagine the agonizing torture of the truth needed to sell the GND which would literally control every aspect of every person’s life in the nation.
The dance of deception has already begun with AOC herself. In audio featured on The Buck Sexton Show of February 8, 2019, she agreed in one interview that the GND would require “massive government intervention,” and later the same day claimed that saying it was a “massive government takeover” was a conservative “misrepresentation.”
There is no way to obscure the disaster that even a portion of the “Green Dream,” would be if implemented. The only part of this farce which makes sense is if the co-sponsors and other supporters are ignorant concerning the original proposal.
That is possible but unlikely given the tremendous amount of press the GND has garnered. It is more likely that the Democrats in Congress know that what is written down now will be at least somewhat redone before the ‘resolution’ can be considered as a bill.
Even then the bill is unlikely to make it to President Trump’s desk, and would certainly be vetoed if it did. If that is so, why sound the alarm now?
There is an old and wise saying not heard much these days. “Forewarned is forearmed.”
This saying means that having an advance warning provides the opportunity for an adequate defense. Consider this a forewarning allowing America to become ‘forearmed.’
Do not think the Left will stop with the GND when it fails to become law. They will continue to promote Socialism proudly and boldly until the public becomes used to the idea.
When that happens, the door is pushed slightly ajar so as to enamor especially young adults with the idea of a Socialist utopia. The true believers of today will endure just as sympathizers with Socialism have since the 1960s.
Being forearmed doesn’t necessarily mean being armed with physical weapons. In this instance, it means being armed with both intellectual and spiritual weapons.
Intellectually this means a bit of effort to make sure the information relied upon is accurate. Sadly, no one should fully rely on any publication or pundit from the mainstream media, especially when it concerns anything about President Trump.
CNN is the prime example of such determined bias and was anxious to make war against the president before he was inaugurated.
[Chris] Cuomo vowed to oppose Trump’s policies, and stated he feels it is the job of the media as a whole to treat the next president of the United States with hostility. Per Cuomo, “The media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact-checking and opposition.”
Of course, journalists must fact-check this administration, as they should do for every administration. However, the idea that active “opposition” to any administration is part of the purpose of journalism is false.
A study of media coverage in 2017 by Harvard revealed that anti-Trump bias was extreme in the MSM, with one large exception.
CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.
This kind of data reveals that only Fox News, which is supposed to be extremely conservative, has any balanced reporting and commentary. The same kinds of bias have continued to this day according to multiple studies by the Media Research Center.
Spiritually, the weapons which should be used against the present incarnation of the Left are outlined in a tremendous passage from the New Testament. The Apostle Paul gives the specifics in the book of Ephesians.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… Ephesians 6:12-18 [ESV]
The key to putting on this spiritual “armor of God,” rests in the final thrice-repeated call to prayer. Prayer is how spiritual weapons, both defensive and offensive, are applied.
Pray for truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, and salvation to defend against evil. Pray for discernment of God’s Word to push back against the enemy.
Persevere and pray for all those fellow ‘saints,’ brothers and sisters in Christ always. Today persecution and danger for Christians is greater than ever, and so the need for prayer is also greater than ever before.
P.S. There are some excellent tools which have emerged over time to aid in donning the armor of God. One I can recommend is the Armor of God Prayer, available through Church of the Highlands and at this link as a PDF file.
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published at TIL Journal