The following was written on Sept. 9 by Sam Graves of Missouri, the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
The Green New Deal theorizes that we could save the planet if we replaced or upgraded every building in the US and got rid of airplanes and gas-powered vehicles. One study suggests that this “Deal” would cost $93 trillion over the next 10 years, costing the average household $600,000, not to mention the millions of jobs that would be lost.
I am not arguing against improved energy efficiency and cleaner burning fuels, but proposals to protect the environment need to be grounded in reality and mindful of the costs on hardworking Americans. The Green New Deal is unquestionably one of the most onerous, unrealistic proposals I have ever seen. How many Americans can afford $600,000?
Our approach to infrastructure and other issues require long-term, workable solutions which is an impossibility with heavy-handed proposals like the Green New Deal that rely on big government mandates.
It is beyond me why some politicians feel like they need to dictate, tax and penalize in order to force their socialist agenda when we already see the private sector responding to consumer-driven market demands for cleaner energy and cleaner technology. We continue to witness car, truck, train and aircraft engines becoming cleaner, more fuel-efficient and more dependent on alternative fuels. More and more Americans want these things, and that popular demand provides a powerful, built-in, market-based incentive for manufacturers and companies to offer them.
When it comes to infrastructure, the environment and other issues, Congress must continue to offer bipartisan, consensus-based solutions that ensure that states, local governments, and private industries have the tools and flexibility to address their specific needs and, above all, keep innovating.
Sweeping and prohibitively costly government mandates that ignore the unique needs of our communities, the lives of hardworking Americans, and how the economy works — proposals like the Green New Deal — have no place in the national discussion about how we are going to move forward. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to wake up and face reality.
Comment by Jerry L. Jones: Note that Rep. Sam Graves’ article did not mention that the Green New Deal also proposes to do away with cattle ranching. No more hamburgers or barbecue brisket?
Jerry L. Jones