Control freak socialists wants to ruin US economy with inefficient alternative energy
H. Sterling Burnett and Justin Haskins:
Socialism kills. From the former Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, anywhere socialism has been tried, it has robbed people of freedom and their property; produced economic stagnation and misallocation of resources; and resulted in millions of deaths, caused either directly or indirectly.This is bad policy that will weaken the US economy and drive up the cost of living for those who can least afford it. It would accomplish nothing in terms of the environment because the rest of the world would continue to use more efficient energy. It shows how out of touch with reality the socialist left in this country is.
Energy socialism, as touted by 28-year-old self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in New York, would be just as deadly. Arguing in her platform, "Climate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization," Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a plan to transition the United States to a 100-percent renewable energy system by 2035.
Recognizing that a massive transformation of the U.S. energy system, which took more than 80 years to build, would be a herculean undertaking, Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a "Green New Deal," similar to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II, requiring "the investment of trillions of dollars."
Showing the extent to which socialist thinking has captured the Democratic Party's imagination, hundreds Democratic candidates for local, state, and federal office in 2018 have signed a pledge to push for the 100 percent renewable energy makeover. Even worse, dozens of Democratic lawmakers are attempting to pass radical climate legislation, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which they're calling "the most aggressive piece of climate legislation ever introduced in Congress." The Off Act would require "100 percent renewable energy by 2035 (and 80 percent by 2027), places a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects, bans the export of oil and gas, and also moves our automobile and rail systems to 100 percent renewable energy."
These policies, supported fully by numerous environmental extremists, would destroy millions of jobs and put the United States at a huge disadvantage when competing against other countries, especially China, India, and other nations whose environmental laws are much less stringent than the United States'.
Make no mistake about it: these policies would impose a form of environmental socialism. On their own, wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy can't compete with traditional energy sources like natural gas and coal. Instead of finding ways to make these technologies cheaper, socialists like Ocasio-Cortez and far-left congressmen want to use government to destroy whole industries composed of hardworking Americans and then take trillions of dollars from taxpayers to keep failing renewable energy companies afloat. They couldn't care less that they would be putting honest people out of work, driving up energy costs, and hurting the poorest among us more than any other group. They are willing to do almost anything to appease Mother Earth.