What is your opinion of the proposed Green New Deal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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Posted by ad1x2 (7354 posts) 2 months, 16 days ago

Poll: What is your opinion of the proposed Green New Deal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? (39 votes)

Love everything in the bill and we need to pass it no matter what. 21%
Love everything in the bill, but it is too expensive. 0%
Some things are good, some things need to be changed. 41%
The whole bill sucks. 33%
Other opinion 5%

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently proposed the US version of the Green New Deal, in an attempt to battle issues such as climate change as well as to help people in the country that are less fortunate with such proposals as guaranteed jobs.

Critics are mostly from the GOP, but even on the Democratic side there is some criticism and current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called it the "green dream" while brushing it off during a Politico interview. On the other hand, she has the support of Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker, all three of whom are running for the 2020 Democratic nomination to face President Donald Trump in the general election.

A huge criticism from the GOP is how much it may cost; it is estimated to cost as much as 13.4 trillion dollars by Forbes.

One of the more ridiculed portions of the bill is that it allegedly wanted to reduce emissions due to "farting cows" as part of the deal. The language was later changed from farting cows to emissions from cows before being deleted altogether from the bill's FAQ page. While the language was heavily ridiculed, there is a story from Germany five years ago about a deadly buildup of methane gas causing a barn to explode.

Looking at the bill, it has some good ideas, but there are other things that don't seem reasonable to try and achieve right now. What do you think?

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#51 Posted by BlackBalls (1498 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

@blackballs: That’s none of your business.

The south, am I getting close?

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#52 Posted by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

I read it twice to be sure I didn't misunderstand huge chunks of it, and when I was sure I didn't miss anything big I checked if I didn't fall for some sort of satirical lookalike. I read it first from NPR and then checked it again on DFP, but no, it's just that bad.

It's a nonsensical mess of pseudo-idealistic gibberish that no one who has ever so much as opened an introductory economics or physics book and understood at least its first chapter could think of as good or realistic. There is literally not a single section that doesn't have huge holes in it that fly in the face of established science. It's stupid beyond redemption and its entirety looks like it was written by someone whose understanding of the world doesn't go past what is expected of children to follow the plot of a Disney movie.

And it's glorious. Truly, if we had a republican satirical writer with the same established linguistic skills that Shakespeare and Dante had combined and he had the ability to sabotage this whole green new deal movement from the inside, he couldn't have come up with a better piece of paper to make everyone in that movement look like a bunch of stupid illiterate kooks.

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#53 Posted by Serraph105 (33529 posts) -

@N30F3N1X said:

I read it twice to be sure I didn't misunderstand huge chunks of it, and when I was sure I didn't miss anything big I checked if I didn't fall for some sort of satirical lookalike. I read it first from NPR and then checked it again on DFP, but no, it's just that bad.

It's a nonsensical mess of pseudo-idealistic gibberish that no one who has ever so much as opened an introductory economics or physics book and understood at least its first chapter could think of as good or realistic. There is literally not a single section that doesn't have huge holes in it that fly in the face of established science. It's stupid beyond redemption and its entirety looks like it was written by someone whose understanding of the world doesn't go past what is expected of children to follow the plot of a Disney movie.

And it's glorious. Truly, if we had a republican satirical writer with the same established linguistic skills that Shakespeare and Dante had combined and he had the ability to sabotage this whole green new deal movement from the inside, he couldn't have come up with a better piece of paper to make everyone in that movement look like a bunch of stupid illiterate kooks.

It doesn't seem like you can win at this game. The ACA is derided for being 2000 pages of substance thought up by the "elite" and this is now being derided as short, idealistic, and lacking substance. At some point you just stop giving a **** what the other side thinks because they're arguments constantly contradict themselves.

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#54 Posted by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

@Serraph105 said:

It doesn't seem like you can win at this game. The ACA is derided for being 2000 pages of substance thought up by the "elite" and this is now being derided as short, idealistic, and lacking substance. At some point you just stop giving a **** what the other side thinks because they're arguments constantly contradict themselves.

If you're so bad at science that you can't even spell "thermodynamics" (or "their", for that matter...) correctly or understand that two different pieces of paper CAN be subject to two different types of criticism without the critiquers' self-consistency being called into question you can be sure you won't be able to win at this game ever.

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#55 Posted by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

I have to say, there is one silver lining in this heap of crap. I can't help but smile with mischievous glee thinking about leftist physicists and all kinds of industrial engineers having to dance on minefields when they are asked to explain how this whole thing is going to work and having to debunk all of that nonsense without being accused of being right wing extremists.

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#56 Posted by comp_atkins (35512 posts) -
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I like some aspects.

I don't know about 'guaranteed jobs'. I'm probably ignorant to the details of that proposal. I have a couple of direct reports that are only working to collect a paycheck and are doing just enough to not get fired. It's like pulling teeth to get them motivated.

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#57 Edited by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

@Serraph105: Yeah, it's a ritzy area, for sure. His house is 50 percent more expensive than mine, for instance, but half the size with half the land.

But I've done city living, and I'm done with it. I like my space.

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#58 Posted by vl4d_l3nin (1769 posts) -

Damn.

AOC and her staff are now straight up gas lighting people over the FAQ section (that talked about cow farts, banning air travel, and welfare for the unwilling to work), saying that it was a doctored hit job by Republicans. Too bad NPR, WaPo, have the FAQ that was sent to them from her office, and archives show it on her website. Here is one of her staffers blatantly lying to Tucker Carlson about it.

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#59 Posted by Horgen (119972 posts) -

@N30F3N1X said:

I read it twice to be sure I didn't misunderstand huge chunks of it, and when I was sure I didn't miss anything big I checked if I didn't fall for some sort of satirical lookalike. I read it first from NPR and then checked it again on DFP, but no, it's just that bad.

It's a nonsensical mess of pseudo-idealistic gibberish that no one who has ever so much as opened an introductory economics or physics book and understood at least its first chapter could think of as good or realistic. There is literally not a single section that doesn't have huge holes in it that fly in the face of established science. It's stupid beyond redemption and its entirety looks like it was written by someone whose understanding of the world doesn't go past what is expected of children to follow the plot of a Disney movie.

And it's glorious. Truly, if we had a republican satirical writer with the same established linguistic skills that Shakespeare and Dante had combined and he had the ability to sabotage this whole green new deal movement from the inside, he couldn't have come up with a better piece of paper to make everyone in that movement look like a bunch of stupid illiterate...

Now would be a good time for some constructive criticism.

I mean if declining life expectancy is reality now in US, US has issues. Stagnation of wages is well known already.

The wage gap mentioned is for total pay I guess. I'm sure there are plenty of sources stating that by hourly wage, the pay is pretty equal early in the career and other part time jobs.

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#60 Posted by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

@horgen: That's really the Crux of the issue, imo. We've had a decades long supply side swing that left a lot of people behind despite promises to the contrary. Now they're looking at asking those who didn't benefit to sacrifice further in order to preserve the benefits of those who have gained immensely. That's a recipe for the populism we probably would have experienced after the great recession were it not for an outsized Boomer generation, QE, and Obama rather than Hoover in the White House

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#61 Edited by Master_Live (19327 posts) -

Lets get everyone on the record.

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#62 Edited by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

@horgen said:
Now would be a good time for some constructive criticism.

I mean if declining life expectancy is reality now in US, US has issues. Stagnation of wages is well known already.

The wage gap mentioned is for total pay I guess. I'm sure there are plenty of sources stating that by hourly wage, the pay is pretty equal early in the career and other part time jobs.

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I don't expect the clarity and specificity of a patent's description in a bill, but at least I do expect a bill to not completely ignore the laws of economics, jurisprudence, science, engineering and even the much more foggy and bias prone social sciences which leftists usually hold so close to their hearts.

Net-zero GHG emissions, how? By banning the second principle of thermodynamics?

Create jobs, how? The laws of economics say that in order to increase jobs you need to increase production, given that consumption wouldn't change because we're talking about a transition to renewables and not an actually new or more product why would anyone want to pay more (a LOT more) just to say well, at least this electricity's green?

Stopping and repairing past oppression of whoever, how? Leaving aside that the vast majority of the communities mentioned *aren't* oppressed, how would you do that? You think oppression only happens because nobody good stepped in to stop it? And how would you "repair" past oppression?

Should I go on? Because I could, but my point wouldn't change. You can't assume that just because you think you're "the good guy" anything you say or do has to be just as good and you can feel entitled to put into words anything that goes through your mind about any topic where you look at and think "someone should do something about it". Most of those dynamics that we could theoretically consider undesirable don't happen just because there isn't a good guy above watching over everyone. And even if they did I don't think anyone would be comfortable being under the thumb of a guy with that much power. Remember last time that happened? The guys with the Hugo Boss black uniforms? The guy who lead them had a similar attitude, he thought he was the good guy and was doing what he had to to make sure his people survived prolifically. The krauts have a knack for making up single words for complex concepts, in this case it's Lebensraum if you want to look it up.

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#63 Edited by Vaasman (13573 posts) -

@N30F3N1X said:
@horgen said:
Now would be a good time for some constructive criticism.

I mean if declining life expectancy is reality now in US, US has issues. Stagnation of wages is well known already.

The wage gap mentioned is for total pay I guess. I'm sure there are plenty of sources stating that by hourly wage, the pay is pretty equal early in the career and other part time jobs.

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book.

Net-zero GHG emissions, how? By banning the second principle of thermodynamics?

I don't really want to get into the whole post because a dissection simply isn't worth the effort, but I do want you to elaborate on this point. I do not understand what the 2nd law of thermodynamics has to do with reducing and eliminating sources of emissions, in the context of making it impossible to do so.

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#64 Edited by KungfuKitten (26324 posts) -

I think most if not all of it sounds fair and great. It's just that it sounds EXTREMELY ambitious. I don't know what Green New Deals typically look like (I'm reading the PDF on their site) but I think it's fine to set the bar high.

I did hear some things about the Green Deal that I am not seeing here. For instance, I heard from a 'news' site that it implies that the USA would no longer be able to use/sell oil/gasoline in 10 years time. I don't see that mentioned anywhere in the PDF? I'm guessing that was, yet again, some much needed journalistic interpretation of actual reality. /s

On my screen it says:
"✔100% Clean and Renewable Electricity by 2035
All electricity consumed in America must be generated by renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, sustainable biomass, and renewable natural gas, as well as clean sources such as nuclear and remaining fossil fuel with carbon capture."

Which is again, rather ambitious. But that doesn't sound like 10 years? And it doesn't mean that oil will no longer be acquired and used... just not for producing energy. Which does not mean a ban on the sale of oil and gasoline as far as I understand... like some articles are suggesting.

Some articles also suggest that: "The “smart” grid is also part of the plan and new street lights are the core infrastructure for smart cities because the lights also perform video surveillance, parking enforcement and traffic control, security and area source for wi-fi." But I don't find anything about streetlights that have surveillance camera's in the PDF. It does mention a smart grid but smart grids are typically a method to distribute and use electricity in a more intelligent way because you can't easily store it (one of my best friends works on smart grids in Germany) and not so much a 1984 surveillance scenario. Am I missing something there?

My only initial concerns (having glossed over it) are how they want to achieve this and IF it is remotely achievable.

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#65 Posted by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

@N30F3N1X said:

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I love that the party of "global warming is a hoax" and "Creationism should be taught in school" is lecturing people about intellectual inadequacy.

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#66 Posted by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

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So I haven't really looked into this proposal very much, but I googled it and found an NPR article that lists the bullet points that I have copied below.

  • "upgrading all existing buildings" in the country for energy efficiency;
  • working with farmers "to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions ... as much as is technologically feasible" (while supporting family farms and promoting "universal access to healthy food");
  • "Overhauling transportation systems" to reduce emissions — including expanding electric car manufacturing, building "charging stations everywhere," and expanding high-speed rail to "a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary";
  • A guaranteed job "with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security" for every American;
  • "High-quality health care" for all Americans.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/691997301/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-releases-green-new-deal-outline

Here's what I propose, lets look at these bullet points individually consider the reasons we think each of these are something people might have a desire for and what caused that desire. Here's my list of reasons.

1. With the exception of suppliers, energy efficiency saves everyone money and makes the country more self-sufficient. This means less reliance on other countries, and decreases C02 output reducing the effects of climate change. I think this one has the least amount of desire to achieve among people making it difficult to enforce.

2. This one appeals to parents who want their kids to have access to healthy foods. It also appeals to people who want to do something about climate change. People want access to healthy food is the main reason I can see people getting behind this.

3. More car manufacturers in the US seems to be right up republican's alley if they can get over the electric part. Seems to fit in with the "America First" motto the president always weaponizes. The desire for more manufacturing jobs seems to be fueled by the loss of manufacturing jobs in the country.

4. Whoo boy, yeah, people are tired of having to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet without and still having no benefits. People will bitch about having to fund good paying jobs, but the "Gig-economy" is screwing people over big time and wearing out large parts of the country. People are tired of being exhausted, and they want a single full time job that they can count on to pay their bills.

5. People have recognized that everyone needs healthcare and healthcare bills are out of control. Capitalism in healthcare isn't providing, and in some big ways, is directly opposed to providing what people really need.

That's a good point. A lot of these provisions likely have significantly different levels of support.

It would seem wise to address these separately, no? I'm no history buff, but I believe that's how many of the provisions in the New Deal were passed as well.

Recent history alone has taught us that large legislation, even that which provisions are tightly focused on a single goal, is difficult to pass as the bill inherently carries with it all the baggage of each individual provision.

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#67 Edited by vl4d_l3nin (1769 posts) -
@mattbbpl said:
@N30F3N1X said:

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I love that the party of "global warming is a hoax" and "Creationism should be taught in school" is lecturing people about intellectual inadequacy.

Better than the party of "there are 72 genders" , "I.Q. is bigoted" and "a moving being with a beating heart pumping blood isn't life"

FYI, scientific grants as a percentage of GDP have gone down significantly since the 60's, predominantly by Democratic administrations.

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#68 Posted by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

@vl4d_l3nin said:
@mattbbpl said:
@N30F3N1X said:

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I love that the party of "global warming is a hoax" and "Creationism should be taught in school" is lecturing people about intellectual inadequacy.

Better than the party of "there are 72 genders" , "I.Q. is bigoted" and "a moving being with a beating heart pumping blood is a clump of cells"

FYI, scientific grants as a percentage of GDP have gone down significantly since the 60's, predominantly by Democratic administrations.

I haven't a clue what the underlined is about. The first is mistaking gender and sex. The last is, I presume, a misrepresentation of the viability standard established in Roe v. Wade.

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#69 Edited by ad1x2 (7354 posts) -

Someone had a little bit of time on their hands.

Unwilling to Work website

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#70 Posted by Master_Live (19327 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:

Someone had a little bit of time on their hands.

Unwilling to Work website

Love it.

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#71 Posted by Horgen (119972 posts) -

@N30F3N1X said:

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I don't expect the clarity and specificity of a patent's description in a bill, but at least I do expect a bill to not completely ignore the laws of economics, jurisprudence, science, engineering and even the much more foggy and bias prone social sciences which leftists usually hold so close to their hearts.

Net-zero GHG emissions, how? By banning the second principle of thermodynamics?

Create jobs, how? The laws of economics say that in order to increase jobs you need to increase production, given that consumption wouldn't change because we're talking about a transition to renewables and not an actually new or more product why would anyone want to pay more (a LOT more) just to say well, at least this electricity's green?

Stopping and repairing past oppression of whoever, how? Leaving aside that the vast majority of the communities mentioned *aren't* oppressed, how would you do that? You think oppression only happens because nobody good stepped in to stop it? And how would you "repair" past oppression?

Should I go on? Because I could, but my point wouldn't change. You can't assume that just because you think you're "the good guy" anything you say or do has to be just as good and you can feel entitled to put into words anything that goes through your mind about any topic where you look at and think "someone should do something about it". Most of those dynamics that we could theoretically consider undesirable don't happen just because there isn't a good guy above watching over everyone. And even if they did I don't think anyone would be comfortable being under the thumb of a guy with that much power. Remember last time that happened? The guys with the Hugo Boss black uniforms? The guy who lead them had a similar attitude, he thought he was the good guy and was doing what he had to to make sure his people survived prolifically. The krauts have a knack for making up single words for complex concepts, in this case it's Lebensraum if you want to look it up.

Glad you don't disagree with doing something about stagnating wages or improved health care for all.

I also have trouble seeing how we will reach a net zero on GHG, but perhaps having it as a goal, or an ambition isn't so bad? Switching from fossil combustion engines to electric ones with energy produced by greener alternatives than coal would help a lot. Side effect will be improved air quality in cities as well. Don't know about the situation where live, but in my city, local emissions are down. NOx in particular.

Jobs would be created with transitioning to renewables. Is there anything unclear about it? If creating and maintaining windmills is the next thing, producing the parts needed at an increased pace than today means possibly more jobs. Maintaining them require people working on that as well. With that said though, you might not be opposed of the idea that it won't be jobs for everyone in the future. As in an unemployment rate at 20% or higher simply because there is no need for more people to be working.

I have no idea how she wants to repair past oppression. Perhaps though she means admitting wrongdoings and working on improving equal treatment?

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#72 Edited by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:
@N30F3N1X said:

You can't "constructive criticism" a child's scribbles into a well written book. The only meaningful constructive criticism I can offer is don't pontificate how the world should behave by talking about topics you couldn't put in even vague operative terms.

I love that the party of "global warming is a hoax" and "Creationism should be taught in school" is lecturing people about intellectual inadequacy.

First of all, saying a bunch of remotely verifiable and probabilistic predictions, as veritable as they may be, aren't correct is infinitely less grave error than outright ignoring laws.

If during an exam you make mistakes during a computation and get the wrong result because you missed a number somewhere you wouldn't be as penalized as writing a random number without using any of the things you were taught in a class. You'd know that if you had ever studied anything worth studying.

Given the current context of discussion I think it's pretty clear that it's not like democrats have ever really even cared about being sciency if that took more effort than what was strictly necessary to appear anti-republican.

Second, leftists are much more likely to buy into emotional and religious surrogate beliefs. Astrology, pseudoreligious cults, aversion to GMOs, chemicals and anything nuclear are far more likely to happen to leftists than to right wingers. On top of that there's the even more dangerous thing, called very catchily "idea laundering" which is a consequence of confirmation bias and is festering among social scientists which overwhelmingly lean left.

The thing you love is a belief that has become outdated since the turn of the millennium.

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#73 Posted by N30F3N1X (8881 posts) -

@horgen said:
Glad you don't disagree with doing something about stagnating wages or improved health care for all.

I also have trouble seeing how we will reach a net zero on GHG, but perhaps having it as a goal, or an ambition isn't so bad? Switching from fossil combustion engines to electric ones with energy produced by greener alternatives than coal would help a lot. Side effect will be improved air quality in cities as well. Don't know about the situation where live, but in my city, local emissions are down. NOx in particular.

Jobs would be created with transitioning to renewables. Is there anything unclear about it? If creating and maintaining windmills is the next thing, producing the parts needed at an increased pace than today means possibly more jobs. Maintaining them require people working on that as well. With that said though, you might not be opposed of the idea that it won't be jobs for everyone in the future. As in an unemployment rate at 20% or higher simply because there is no need for more people to be working.

I have no idea how she wants to repair past oppression. Perhaps though she means admitting wrongdoings and working on improving equal treatment?

Why should I disagree? Wage stagnation or bad health care aren't desirable outcomes, and that's a human consideration, not a partisan one. What is partisan is how we should go about to get rid of the most of them as quickly as possible.

There's a big difference between "zero" and "going down". Obviously given the choice with all else equal we'd pick zero no questions asked, the problem is how much effort it takes to get there, how much time, and effort on whose part to justify the "is it worth it?". "All else equal" is not something that works in economics, ever.

There's plenty unclear. First of all, renewables don't work universally. Both wind and solar are extremely sensitive to weather for obvious reasons, and by extension they're also sensitive to geographical position, time of day and extreme events, then there's hydropower. How would you implement renewables in places where none of these sources are comfortably and adequately available? How would you convert the power grid of the East coast when it gets yearly batterings from hurricanes, which are very likely to raze entire solar farms and force weeks-long shutdowns of wind farms?
And who's going to pay for them? Renewables are called so because during the life cycle of one such machine the energy it outputs will outweigh the energy it takes to build it and get rid of its remains when spent, but energy science doesn't only use joules as a currency. Where do you get the materials and labor it takes to do a complete conversion if energy prices are to stay roughly the same to prevent people from just continuing to use non-renewables?

Also, in my comment I should've added that speaking of the environment, the GND also mentions urban energy conservation and not just production, literally stating they want to upgrade infrastructure, industries and households to be as energy efficient as possible. Same problems as above: how would you go about doing it in a span of a few years, two decades at most, if the benefits take several decades just to break even with the costs? Who's going to shoulder the costs and who's going to build those upgraded houses for everyone?

Quite the opposite, I think the idea that improved technology leads to a net number of jobs being lost is pure bullshit. You don't even need to be an expert in economics to recognize this, historical data is more than enough. That's not the point though.

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#74 Edited by Zaryia (7888 posts) -
@N30F3N1X said:

I have to say, there is one silver lining in this

To me the silver lining is some people are now less debating whether or not climate change and anthropogenic global warming are real or not (lol Republicans), but debating on what we can do about it.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/green-new-deal-hope-climate-change-13619796.php

"There has been a major change in Washington and in the news over the last week, where the question is quickly turning from “do you believe climate change is real?” to “what is the solution?”

A very important shift that I hope to see more of.

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#75 Edited by mrbojangles25 (43569 posts) -

@zaryia said:
@N30F3N1X said:

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"There has been a major change in Washington and in the news over the last week, where the question is quickly turning from “do you believe climate change is real?” to “what is the solution?”

A very important shift that I hope to see more of.

Hope it happens quickly; according to some (most?) studies, we might be too late.

I have faith in humanity; we might be too late to let thing naturally fix themselves, but I think we can fix things through our ingenuity.

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#76 Posted by Horgen (119972 posts) -

Won’t Manhatten have trouble with water if the water level rises about 3 feet?

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#77 Edited by KungfuKitten (26324 posts) -

@mrbojangles25 said:
@zaryia said:
@N30F3N1X said:

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"There has been a major change in Washington and in the news over the last week, where the question is quickly turning from “do you believe climate change is real?” to “what is the solution?”

A very important shift that I hope to see more of.

Hope it happens quickly; according to some (most?) studies, we might be too late.

I have faith in humanity; we might be too late to let thing naturally fix themselves, but I think we can fix things through our ingenuity.

That's kind of how I looked at it. My sister studying environmental science is being taught it's too late to stop us from experiencing natural catastrophe due to our slow response to doing anything we can to prevent it, and they are now focusing on how we'll predict it and deal with it. Maybe this New Green Deal is unfeasible in many ways, but maybe we no longer have the luxury to be picky about what is realistic, even theoretically. It's now about making the impossible happen.

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#78 Posted by Sevenizz (3421 posts) -

Can you fire or impeach a senator? Not only did she flat out lie about their faq about this laughable green deal, she just cost New York billions of tax dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to her city.

How the hell does she have supporters?!?

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#79 Posted by Jacanuk (18133 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

Can you fire or impeach a senator? Not only did she flat out lie about their faq about this laughable green deal, she just cost New York billions of tax dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to her city.

How the hell does she have supporters?!?

Yes, you can "fire" a senator or congressperson

The constitution gives the Senate and House the power to expel/fire their own members. It just has to be passed by 2/3´s majority and last time it was used was against John Ensign in 2011, well about to be used. The senator resigned before the vote.

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#80 Posted by schu (10036 posts) -

I'm overall pretty happy with it. You can already see the centrists crawling out of the woodwork (Amy Klobuchar) and we're going to be playing serious whack a mole to get rid of them all.

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#81 Posted by skykettle (11 posts) -

I can't support the left wing because they're against American ideals too much. America is not a socialist country and never will be. I don't want my taxes going to other people who don't work as hard as me, it's just not fair.

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#82 Posted by mattbbpl (16895 posts) -

@skykettle said:

I can't support the left wing because they're against American ideals too much. America is not a socialist country and never will be. I don't want my taxes going to other people who don't work as hard as me, it's just not fair.

Which ideals are those? The ones which formed strong labor unions and the New Deal which helped lead to the strongest economy and middle class in history during the 20th century??

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#83 Edited by NurseDisrespect (14 posts) -

This is insantiy, but then again it's what to expect from AOC and her fan club. I do think it's funny how Pelosi just basically brushed it off. Even most dems think this is insanity.

@volsung said:

but the sad thing is it could pass tomorrow and it still would be too late.

Thats if you believe the climate alarmism.