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Only One Thing Wrong With Ocasio Cortez’ Dream Of A Green New Deal – It Doesn’t Work

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has it into her head that what America really needs is a Green New Deal, the only problem with this thought being that it doesn’t work. This is not unusual for the idea of Ocasio Cortez of course, large parts of the 20 th century operating as proofs of the unworkability of much of what she campaigns for. Note that this isn’t about the desirability of the varied end results she claims she desires. Some of those seem sensible enough – a lower carbon economy for example – it’s purely a comment upon the methods she proposes in getting from here to there. Handing over grand powers to the Federal government, along with an open chequebook, just isn’t one of those methods of doing anything very much which works. Government is a little more difficult than that.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Ocasio-Cortez rips Democratic leadership over hesitancy on Green New Deal
Incoming congresswoman says Democratic House leaders think Green New Deal proposal is “too controversial”[/perfectpullquote]

That Democratic leadership – yea, even them – is right to be hesitant about the idea.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] In a Twitter thread, Ocasio-Cortez said that her proposal for a select committee on a Green New Deal — a key demand of the youth-led Sunrise Movement — contained “3 simple elements: 1. No fossil fuel money on climate cmte 2. Offer solutions for impacted communities 3. Draft sample #GreenNewDeal.” Yet all three, she said, were deemed “too controversial.” [/perfectpullquote]

Nope, controversy isn’t the problem.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Because “we’ve got a planet to save,” she argued that “we simply don’t have any other choice” than to keep pushing for a Green New Deal. “If it’s radical to propose a solution on the scale of the problem, so be it.”[/perfectpullquote]

Nor is radicalism. The problem with the Green New Deal is that it simply doesn’t work. Or even, that it won’t work. This isn’t a controversial nor radical statement, true, therefore it won’t appeal to the Congresswoman elect. But it’s still true:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] But much more than theory or haggling over technical details, we have excellent empirical evidence that a Green New Deal just does not work. It’s been tried, twice, on different sides of the world and it didn’t work either time. The first time it was Australia. The global recession hits, so as a nice bit of Keynesian pump-priming they figured: Why not insulate the houses of the nation and thereby protect, or even limit, climate change? This plan from the central government meant that every bodger, crook, and incompetent got grants and tax money to ruin houses. They even had a Royal Commissionto tell us all what a disaster it was. It is not a usual belief that either Britain or the U.S. have fewer chancers than Australia. Despite this report, the British government decided to do the same thing. A central plan, with targets, disbursing rivers of tax money, to insulate the houses of the nation. This was then done so badly that there are fears that as many as a million houses have been ruined, and certainly thousands have been turned into entirely useful mushroom farms and not useful dwellings. Now Ocasio-Cortez and others are demanding the U.S. makes the same mistake. The problem is that we know it just doesn’t work. But, you know, progressives. [/perfectpullquote]

Some ideas from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez deserve our opposition because the very aim itself is a bad one. Others just because they’re a station or two beyond Dagenham. But this specific one, a Green New Deal, deserves our opposition simply because it will not work. Something we know because other people have tried it already, twice in fact, and no, wasting taxpayer money doesn’t all work out great the third time.

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
2 years ago

Feed in Tariff subsidies are working for me – you all give me around £2K per annum for what I generate. We need more of this green thinking.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Ryan

That and paying* for my electric car.

* well, actually for about 1/3 of it, but that’s still a £15k subsidy.

Grope_of_Big_Horn
Grope_of_Big_Horn
2 years ago

Subsidies should end for many types of xxxx, a new Chatham House report argues, because they are failing to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The report adds that policymakers should tighten up accounting rules to ensure the full extent of xxxx emissions are included
Is this another fail for Green New Deal policies – government enforcing price support for a programme to reduce emissions which doesn’t.
The xxxx in the quote is biomass, but it could apply to almost anything.

Jonathan Harston
Jonathan Harston
2 years ago

I didn’t need any government incentives or largess to put insulation in my roof in 1993. The very presence of the chilling drafts was enough, and the bonus of my fuel bill halving afterwards.

Jon Jermey
Jon Jermey
2 years ago

There were actually fewer deaths per hour worked by installers during the Australian insulation installation scheme than the normal rate for the industry. It was only because there was so much more activity that the number of deaths (4) drew the attention of the media and an active Opposition. I don’t have comparable figures on house fires, but the main problem with the scheme seems to be that the government shut it down without warning as a knee-jerk reaction to criticism, when many people were depending on it for their financial future.

Shadeburst
Shadeburst
2 years ago

Is “mushroom farm” a code word for a cannabis factory?

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