Democrats Refuse to Vote for Green New Deal They Endorsed

Green New Deal Ocasio CortezThe Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Democrats’ so-called Green New Deal, touted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way of combating climate change.

The vote was 57-0 against proceeding to debate, with 42 Democrats and one independent opting for “present.”

Among other things, the Green New Deal would require significant changes in the energy, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

“The Green New Deal is a socialist fantasy that would put the government in charge of everything from your health care to the way you heat your house,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., tweeted before the vote. “The American people deserve to know which [Senate Democrats] support this massive government expansion.”

All 53 Republicans voted against beginning debate on the nonbinding resolution. Sixty votes in favor were needed to begin debate.

Only three Democrats and one independent lawmaker who caucuses with the Democrats—Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Doug Jones, D-Ala.; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.; and Angus King, I-Maine—voted against it. The other 42 Democrats, and another independent who caucuses with Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., opted for “present.”

The Green New Deal, pushed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and introduced in the form of a nonbinding resolution Feb. 7, would, among other things, “phase out conventional fuels (that is, oil, natural gas, and coal) by 2030 … ; implement a federal jobs guarantee; retrofit all U.S. buildings; overhaul transportation with high-speed rail; and provide universal health care,” Heritage Foundation scholar Lee Edwards wrote in a recent commentary.

The measure also seeks to reduce to “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions, including “cow farts,” as the original Green New Deal FAQ released by Ocasio-Cortez stated:

We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.

The legislation would fail to significantly reduce the earth’s temperature, according to a report from Nick Loris, an economist who focuses on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues at The Heritage Foundation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in February that he wanted to call a vote on the Green New Deal to put members of the Senate on record.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” he said.

In an interview Friday on NBC’s “Late Night” with host Seth Meyers, Ocasio-Cortez said the Green New Deal encompasses everything she thinks should be policy goals for Congress to enact.

“If we’re going to make progress, we need to declare our North Star, and our North Star is 100 percent renewable energy. It’s Medicare for All. It’s tuition-free public colleges. It’s investing in technology and renewable resources,” she said.

Prior to the vote, many leading Democratic senators had come out in support of the Green New Deal.

An aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told Axios in January that she “supports the idea of a Green New Deal to ambitiously tackle our climate crisis, economic inequality, and racial injustice.”

Warren’s fellow Massachusetts Democratic senator, Ed Markey, a sponsor of the bill, tweeted his support Tuesday afternoon ahead of the vote.

“Instead of confronting the generational challenge of climate change, Senate Republicans just want to make a mockery of the #GreenNewDeal,” he said. “Because they have no plan to fight climate change.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also seemed to tweet support for the Green New Deal on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the vote, without citing it by name.

“Senate Republicans are playing political games with climate change,” Harris tweeted. “We should not be wasting our time with fake votes & cynical stunts. The Republican majority must stop denying science and finally admit that climate change is real. Time is not on our side.”

In January, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referring to the Green New Deal, told the liberal Pod Save America podcast that “the platform of it is really exciting,” and in February, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., compared the Green New Deal to the effort to send a man to the moon. Sanders has said he is “proud” to be an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., chided McConnell for forcing a vote on the Green New Deal. “I challenge Leader McConnell to say that our climate change crisis is real, that it’s caused by humans, and that Congress needs to act,” Schumer said in February. “This is what two-thirds of the American people agree with.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Rachel del Guidice

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3 years ago

Congratulations to Democrat Senators Manchin, Jones, and Sinema, and Independent Senator King, who voted against proceeding to debate, and, of course, to ALL the Republican Senators. That puts them squarely in the running for their next elections.

As for the remaining Democrats who sheepishly voted “Present”, your attempt to pull the wool over our eyes by refusing to vote for the motion will not go unnoticed in 2020. “Present” equals “Yes, but I’m afraid of the consequences, so in 2020 I’ll claim that I did not vote ‘Yes'”. To think that so many of the D’s who plan to run for PRESIDENT have already ENDORSED AOC’s stupid plan makes me wonder how these people managed to get elected in the first place. Granted, many of the loony D’s were already in the Senate, but this is not a wise career move.

America, we had better wise up if we are to prevent the total destruction of the private sector. When one congressman, “The Boss”, she arrogantly called herself, thinks she can decide for all of America how the future will look, then the Constitution will have died. We will no longer be a democratic republic. AND WE WILL HAVE DONE IT TO OURSELVES by NOT considering the costs in terms of dollars and loss of freedom!

Believing that human intervention can slow climate change is the ultimate hubris. Nature is soooo much bigger than we are.

3 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Excellent post Kim. I completely concur that America had better wise up and soon. Far too many Americans continue to treat the threat as something far off in the distant future or with no real potential of coming to pass. Neither of which being true. Too many Americans utilize what I call the ostrich approach to dealing with too many issues we as a country face. Sticking their heads in the sand and blindly hoping nothing bad occurs. That approach doesn’t work for ostriches and it won’t work for us.

3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE-
I saw on the news that the first D debate is scheduled for June. Without any conservative venues conducting these debates (12 of them?), the D’s will push hard to elevate the issues that THEY want to be heard to the position of “national interest”, to the exclusion of the really relevant topics. It will be more of the same fake news, white supremacy, racist, and Schiff’s “but there’s still collusion” trash we’ve been hearing from them for years.

Maybe because AG Barr’s summary of Mueller’s investigation, disproving President Trump’s collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, caused half of CNN’s and MSNBC’s viewers to flee, we’ll have a decent shot in 2020. Maybe some are seeing the light, the truth. But, as you and I have written here many times, we must do MORE than just vote for Republicans. Each of us MUST VOTE, whether we think the election is a foregone conclusion or not. And we have to talk with the young voters and with the fence-sitters of all ages and convince them that the Green New Deal and other silly solutions from the D’s are a waste of time to even consider, when murderers and drug-pushers are pouring through the the borders in record numbers.

Letting the voters know how expensive this Green New Deal is should be proof enough that this is folly. How many of you are willing to give up hamburgers or steak, or traveling in airplanes? How many are willing to get rid of their gas-fueled cars in favor of electric cars? And to rebuild every building in America??! Just go plant a tree!

3 years ago
Reply to  Kim

One thing I have noticed with Republicans on TV discussing the GND is that they only focus on the cost factor. None of them are bringing up that the GND policies themselves are utter nonsense and won’t achieve the results the Dems claim they will. So they are, whether they realize it or not, conceding to an audience that is frankly way too ignorant on all the specific subjects contained within the GND, that aside from cost, the policies must make sense. After all, they aren’t saying otherwise. Which of course none of them are. That opens up the potential opportunity for the Dem’s to just push higher taxes, on the so-called rich or “somebody else”, as the sole sticking point to getting all the wonderful policies of the GND enacted. See the GOP messaging problem on this subject do far?

Republicans have to fix their messaging on this issue or the part of the public that has neither a firm grasp of economics nor the component pieces of what makes up the GND will simply view cost as the only reason it shouldn’t be enacted.

While I would hope that the Mueller report finally gets most of the “get rid of Trump at all costs” public to see that they have been duped by the Dems for the last 2 plus years, I’m not holding my breath. Sure some may be dejected after the MSM and the Dems have been telling them that “getting Trump” was a sure thing, that is a long way from this segment of the public truly re-evaluating their skewed view of the world. Many are still deeply devoted to the principles of “the federal government should solve everything” and “everything should be free for them”. For those kind of people, the Democrat Party, even after lying to them yet again, is the only game in town.

That is why the House Democrats are quickly pivoting to holding investigations and hearings into everything Trump has ever done on his entire life, which is by the way unconstitutional as it was before Trump was elected, to keep the hope of “getting Trump” alive in their dejected voter base. Anything to keep their voter base fired up going into 2020. After all, they don’t have any policy solutions to run on other than pushing pure socialism, while at the same time saying they aren’t socialists.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Dennis Miller: “Dems believe in cradle to the grave assistance, it’s just making it to the cradle that’s tricky.”

3 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Lol! So true.

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