HotAir’s Jazz Shaw is crying foul over congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” for being both a naive pipe dream and also wholly devoid of energy security strategy. Under her “deal,” U.S. energy strategy would be moved as closely as possible to using 100 percent renewable energy. The U.S.’s dominant fossil fuel and nuclear power industries would be abandoned completely. Except here’s the catch: it depends on obtaining “rare-earth metals,” which are in short supply and mostly under the control of Russia and China. So, short of the U.S. colonizing massive asteroids orbiting the solar system in the near future, AOC’s plan would essentially hand over control of the globe to communists. Brilliant idea…or maybe that was the plan in the first place.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
Every time you see congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showing up in the news, she almost always begins preaching the “Green New Deal” that she spoke of endlessly on the campaign trail. Under this plan, we would supposedly move the United States to 100% renewable energy (or very close to it) while shutting down the fossil fuel industry entirely. It’s a progressive wish list item which helped her gain traction throughout the midterms.
But just how “green” is this deal? There are a number of problems with it. For one thing, it shuts down nuclear power (which produces no greenhouse gases, by the way). That’s an element of the “deal” being pushed heavily by Bernie Sanders. Of course, when they shut down all nuclear energy in his home state they wound up having to burn oil to keep the power grid alive last winter. Super plan there, Bernie.
But the bigger crisis we’re looking at with the Green New Deal has to do with our ability to actually manufacture all the equipment required to generate that kind of energy. A new report from Leiden University in the Netherlands reveals one factor that progressives don’t seem to have considered.