Ross: How much green is too much green for a new deal?

Feb 26, 2019, 6:56 AM

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) (R) and other Congressional Democrats listen during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez held a news conference to unveil their Green New Deal resolution. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Senate Republican leadership is eager to hold a vote on the Green New Deal. Weird, I know, because the Green New Deal is pretty radical.

It would replace gas and oil with wind and solar. It would require the government to guarantee clean air, clean water, healthy food. And it would even guarantee that everyone has a job.

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But the Republicans are eager to put it up for a vote, thinking that many of the Democratic senators running for president will feel compelled to vote yes, thus outing themselves as Socialists.

That’s politics. But you know what would also be fun? To go ahead and vote on the Green New Deal, but then also hold a vote on an equal, but opposite resolution.

Hold a vote on a resolution that says the Senate hereby repudiates any Green New Deal and hereby resolves that:

  • No one is guaranteed clean air, clean water, healthy food unless they can afford it.
  • No American is guaranteed a job unless they’re born with brains, motivation, and a supportive family.
  • The entire coastline and all national parks shall be open to drilling.
  • Mileage standards for cars are hereby repealed.

And finally,

  • The rules of physics are hereby amended to outlaw any significant rise in temperature or sea level.

Let’s count the votes on that.

Now a lot of you think that last part is clearly ridiculous, but I think the Supreme Court might uphold it.

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Ross: How much green is too much green for a new deal?