Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hartzler- Green New Deal is example of radicalism we have come to expect from Democratic leadership

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Most of us can agree it is our duty to protect our complex environment and do our part to leave the world better than we found it. However, the far-reaching Green New Deal introduced by freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes far beyond caring about the environment and instead seeks to reinvent America as a socialist society.

The Green New Deal (GND) is an example of the radicalism we have now come to expect from new leadership in the House.

This initiative proposes extreme ideas such as getting rid of “farting cows,” airplanes, and most of the cars on the road today (click here for the details). 

It would attempt to reverse the technological strides agriculture has made in production efficiency and environmental stewardship and cost America trillions of dollars to “upgrade or replace every building in the United States with state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” 

The GND also promises to “guarantee a job with family-sustaining wages” to everyone. It is important to be good stewards of the earth that our kids and grandkids will inherit from us, but wise stewardship can be accomplished without imposing socialism onto these future generations with all the increased national debt, inhibited innovation, and the stifled freedom that comes along with it.

In 2017, U.S. carbon emissions were the lowest they’ve been since 1992, proving that America has successfully worked to reduce its environmental impact. While far-left radicals continue to propose unrealistic “deals,” I will continue to pursue effective solutions through common-sense policy as I have with farm bill provisions that encourage innovation and improve upon existing conservation and energy programs utilized by farmers and businesses across America.

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