GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is circulating a “Green Real Deal” resolution to counter the “Green New Deal” floated by AOC and some of her fellow democrats, according to a draft copy which was obtained by POLITICO.
The resolution acknowledges climate change as a threat to national security and says the government should promote innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it does not set any targets for future carbon cuts and calls for keeping the door open to all types of energy production.
It would be the most detailed GOP response to the Green New Deal resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced last month.
Republicans say the Green New Deal would invite Big Government solutions and an expansion of public spending, but many in the party are increasingly acknowledging the reality of climate change and looking for alternative approaches.
A draft of Gaetz’s resolution recognizes risks to the U.S. from climate change, citing Department of Defense reports that identify certain military assets and bases as at risk to rising sea levels and increasing severe weather events, such as hurricanes, The Daily Caller reports.
“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth,” the draft says.
Energy lobbyists have seemingly received copies of Gaetz’s resolution are beginning to line up behind it in support.
“Congressman Gaetz deserves to be applauded for taking the lead in crafting a bold resolution that identifies actionable climate solutions that will benefit America’s economy, environment, and national security,” Heather Reams, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, said in a statement.
Gaetz’s resolution pushes market-driven innovation and competition from companies developing green energy technology. It does not set any emission reduction goals.
The draft pledges “to reduce and modernize regulations so that clean energy technologies can be deployed, and compete.”
“Climate change is real. Humans contribute,” Gaetz tweeted.
Climate change is real. Humans contribute.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 12, 2019
Comments from liberals are foul as expected with some claiming that his account had been hacked.
In contrast to the Green New Deal, the draft Green Real Deal resolution takes a positive view on nuclear energy. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution did not mention the energy sector, causing some controversy among pro-nuclear energy experts.
Gaetz’s legislation takes a wide-ranging approach to cutting emissions through investing in fossil fuel carbon capture technology, new and updated nuclear and hydropower placements, making the power grid more efficient and granting energy companies improved access to public lands.
The resolution pledges to “empower individuals, states, and the marketplace” to develop and disseminate new technology that will cut the United States’ carbon emissions.
The Green Real Deal doesn’t ban cows fom farting so that’s a start.
Liberals should be banned from farting.
That would be a great start.