WASHINGTON, DC – Despite calls by Republicans, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still refusing to have any real conversation about the Green New Deal. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for hearings on her Green New Deal. With the Sunrise Movement’s “Road to the Green New Deal” tour kicking off today and AOC recently outlining implementation of the plan, people have a right to know how the Green New Deal would upend our economy and stretch into every corner of American life.
Since Speaker Pelosi won’t give the Green New Deal the proper legislative hearings it deserves, Energy and Commerce Republicans have made a list of the top 10 questions we need to ask on the Green New Deal so taxpayers can understand the potentially adverse effects of this radical proposal.
- One of the most talked about parts of the proposal has been the 10-year plan to move U.S. power generation to 100 percent zero-emission energy sources, but you may be wondering how much it would cost to eliminate all fossil fuels in such a short time space? One recent study estimated it could cost nearly $5.4 trillion.
- How would the Green New Deal affect energy bills then? Estimations show energy bills could spike by as much as $3,800 per year.
- The resolution also calls for upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and constructing new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, which could range between $1.6 trillion and $4.2 trillion in cost. How do Democrats plan to pay for this and ensure compliance?
- Another often over-looked part of the proposal – one-size-fits-all, government-run healthcare coverage. This has been estimated to cost $32 trillion. Have Democrats thought about the impact of eliminating choice for the 158 million Americans receiving employer and union health plans, including the additional 20 million seniors who have a Medicare Advantage plan?
- One more huge part of the proposal: guaranteed employment and a family-sustaining income, even for those unwilling to work. So how much would this cost? Could be anywhere between $6 trillion and $44 trillion.
- The plan also calls for providing affordable and safe housing. How much would this cost? An estimated $3.5 billion annually in Housing and Urban Development subsidies.
- EVERYTHING in the resolution is supposed to be accomplished after a ten-year national mobilization. How do Democrats plan on accomplishing all of these lofty goals in such a short time frame?
- What’s the estimated total price tag for the Green New Deal? Up to $93 TRILLION. So, where is this money coming from? Oh wait, we have an idea…
- The Green New Deal could cost nearly $65,000 per year, per household – much higher than the average family income. How do Democrats think taxpayers will react to footing the bill for this radical proposal?
- And aside from the sheer cost, what does a Green New Deal mean about the relationship between Americans and their federal government? Is massive federal mobilization into so many aspects of our daily lives really a good idea?
And there you have it – some of the top questions we need to be asking on Green New Deal. We look forward to an enlightening discussion at the hearings (whenever Speaker Pelosi schedules them).