John Hickenlooper Slams Green New Deal During Debate

John Hickenlooper Slams Green New Deal During Debate

July 31, 2019

Former Colorado Governor and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper had some choice words for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” during last night’s Democratic debate.

Fox News reports that Hickenlooper “warned during Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate that ‘you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump’ if the party adopts…the so-called Green New Deal.”

“The Green New Deal, making sure every American is guaranteed a government job if they want — that is a disaster at the ballot box,” Hickenlooper explained.

This is partially right. Hickenlooper is correct in saying that the “Green New Deal” is a “disaster,” but he didn’t go so far as to explain why that is the case.

A new study published by Power the Future and the Competitive Enterprise Institute fills in the details – as we noted yesterday, we found that the “Green New Deal” would cost families over $70,000 per year in just the first year of implementation. Costs would continue to pile up for years after that.

In fact, $70,000 is thousands more than the average household income in the United States, which is currently around $61,000. The “Green New Deal” would devastate and bankrupt families.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t seem to care. After Governor Hickenlooper attacked the “Green New Deal,” AOC responded in kind on Twitter, saying that her plan was not a “distraction.”

Yes, the “Green New Deal” is not merely a “distraction” –  it would be an unmitigated disaster.