Sen. Cory Booker Supports “Green New Deal” Even Though New Study Says It’s Impossible
Sen. Cory Booker is the latest liberal politician to sign his name to the Green New Deal, even though the facts show it is nothing more than a liberal pipe dream. On Friday, Booker reportedly became the second presumed Democratic presidential contender, along with Bernie Sanders, to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “green new deal.”
This “green new deal” is nothing but an expensive, socialist fantasy. It calls for “decarbonizing” the manufacturing and agricultural industries by transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, without listing a way to pay for it. Under the guise of “environmental justice and equality,” it also proposes massive new spending initiatives like a Bernie Sanders style-universal healthcare system and a basic income program. Ocasio-Cortez refuses to detail how to pay for those programs as well.
If the massive tax hikes and spending increases weren’t implausible enough, a new study released last week found that, putting aside the question of funding, the “green new deal” is technologically impossible because we simply do not have the mining capacity for the elements needed to make enough solar panels and windmills.
“Transitioning to a global renewable energy system devoid of fossil fuels will place a strain on the supply of certain metals required to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines…requiring twelve times today’s production by 2050,” reports the Washington Examiner.
In fact, the study concludes that the “current global supply of several critical metals is insufficient to transition to a renewable energy system.”
But we doubt those facts will stymie the ideological vigor of those on the left. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker should stop pandering to the environmentalist movement and tell the truth about our energy needs. Then maybe we can talk about real solutions.