After reading a particularly radical platform agreed by the British Labor Party, a conservative called it "the longest suicide note in history".
This sentence comes to my mind when I read the resolution calling for a Green New Deal, proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and endorsed by at least five of the leading Democratic candidates for the presidency.
The Green New Deal was designed to recall the dark days of the 1930s, when FDR came to Washington to embrace the historical reforms that had saved America from the Great Depression.
Only this story is more than a little myth.
When FDR was sworn in 1933, the unemployment rate was 25%. It never fell below 14% in the 1930s. In June 1938, despite huge democratic majorities in Congress, FDR presided over a country where the unemployment rate had risen to 19%.
The Second World War and the conscription of 16 million young men gave us "full employment". The end of the war and the demobilization saw the return of a real prosperity in 1946, after the death of FDR.
Yet this Green New Deal is nothing but ambitious.
To address climate change, GND is calling for a ten-year plan to address "100% of US energy demand through clean, renewable, zero-emission energy sources."
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This seems to require phasing out by 2030 of all coal – fired and oil – fired generating plants and replacing them with wind – and solar – powered plants.
Will natural gas be allowed? Is nuclear energy? There are 60 nuclear power plants in operation with 98 nuclear reactors in 30 states. Will they be closed? Will the Greens agree to block more US rivers to produce renewable hydroelectric power?
Air transport consumes huge amounts of carbon-emitting jet fuel. What will replace it? Perhaps progressive Democratic candidates will set the example by not taking the plane and then voting in favor of stopping the production of private planes and setting it to the mass of all business jets. Let the elites go to Davos.
GND calls for a redesign of "transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector … through … clean, affordable and accessible public transportation; and the high speed train.
Gasoline cars are outside. How long does it take to travel from L.A. to D.C. by train? And if China continued to increase its carbon emissions relentlessly until 2030, as allowed by the Paris climate agreement, when the United States went from bankruptcy to green, where would they leave it? America and China in the middle of the century?
"At the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and the corresponding fact sheet), I laughed so hard that I almost cried," Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel tweeted: "If a group of GOPers were plotting to forge a fake democratic bill showing how the party is, they could not have done a better job. It's beautiful. "
According to its authors, the Green New Deal aims to "stop the current, prevent the future and repair the historical oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, communities migrants, de-industrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, the elderly, the homeless, people with disabilities and young people. "
Fifty years after the Great Society, half of the country would be made up of victims of oppression.
Who are their oppressors? To guess.
Senator Cory Booker is one of the advocates of this Green New Deal and compares the fight against climate change to the fight against the Nazis during the Second World War. Meaning. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have all approved. Senator Bernie Sanders, who calls climate change "an existential threat," was an original co-sponsor.
Nancy Pelosi makes more sense. Asked last week, the speaker escaped the Green New Deal: "This will be one of the many or perhaps many suggestions we will receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they are for that, right?
With its own priorities and priorities, Pelosi does not want to be forced to defend a document that reads as if it had been written by the socialist college club.
The question, however, is why the Democrats, who, if appointed, are likely to face Donald Trump in 2020, sign a plan so radical.
In a presidential election, the party candidate "out" usually has an advantage. No record to defend. He or she can choose the ground on which to attack the holder, who has a four-year track record.
It is rare for an outsider to have a fixed and fixed target that is as exposed, as marginal, as vulnerable.
The only explanation for the approval of the Green New Deal by the candidates likely to win the Democratic nomination is that they fear so much Ocasio-Cortez and the left to whom it speaks that they must subscribe to his plan.
This British Conservative was right. It looks like a suicide pact of the Democratic Party.
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