Green New Deal is a bad deal for Wyoming

Posted 3/31/19

Wyo.'s Senator Enzi on the Green New Deal

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Green New Deal is a bad deal for Wyoming


The Green New Deal, plain and simple, is a pipe dream for forcing a massive expansion of socialist policies on the American people.

Some might say this is an overdramatic statement, but this 14-page bill lays it out in black and white, written in plain English. There isn’t much ambiguity when you describe your legislation as “...a new national, social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era…”

What does it mean in practical terms?

It means eliminating abundant, affordable and reliable U.S. energy sources that currently provide power to three-out-of-five American homes and businesses.

It means higher electrical costs for families, and ending coal, oil and gas jobs that our families and communities rely on in Wyoming.

It means eliminating combustion cars, lawn mowers and commercial airliners.

It means rebuilding or renovating 137 million housing units and more than 6 million commercial buildings, schools and government offices to new standards set by Washington, D.C.

It means completely upending our farmers way of life and overhauling our agricultural sector. There has even been talk of getting rid of cows…seriously. It is clear that no sector of the economy will be left unharmed.

And what is the Green New Deal going to cost? The best guess so far is that we would need to spend roughly $10 trillion more than the entire recorded spending of the U.S. government since 1789. In order to break even on this proposal alone, the federal government would have to take 9 out of every ten dollars that every single American earns.

When it comes to the size of the government, there are those that always seem to think that bigger is better. Well nothing will grow the size of the government quite like the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is unrealistic, unworkable and unaffordable. The best path for our country does not start by embracing the policies of Cuba, the Soviet Union or China under the “Great Leap Forward”.