Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put AOC's Green New Deal to a vote today. It went down in flames 57-0.
Doug Jones (Ala.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), along with Independent senator Angus King (Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats voted against the deal.
The rest, all hypocrites, failed to vote.
Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
The National Review reports Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal.
After weeks of praising the Green New Deal for its supposedly ambitious, forward-thinking proposals for tackling climate change, Democratic senators refused to vote on the measure when Republican leadership brought it to the floor this afternoon.
At a press conference for the Green New Deal today, the Senate bill’s primary sponsor Ed Markey (D., Mass.), claimed he stood behind the proposal. “It is the national-security, economic, health-care, and moral issue of our time,” he said. But Markey, along with 52 of his fellow Democrats, still refused to vote in favor of the legislation.
Hiding in the Closet
How the heck do you stand behind a deal by hiding in the closet?
Meanwhile, everyDemocraticsenatorrunningfor president has publicly stated his or her support for the Green New Deal, and, in fact, all of them have even signed on to Markey’s legislation as a cosponsor. Yet not one of them voted in favor of the measure this afternoon.
The Senate Takes the AOC Test
The Wall Street Journal reports the Senate Takes the AOC Test
Voters who accept the premises of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s climate zealotry can also reasonably ask how much Senators who voted “present” want to save our planet. The answer is that despite their rhetoric about existential threats to the planet most of them probably understand that by driving net U.S. carbon emissions to zero the Green New Deal would pose a more immediate existential threat to our way of life.
Peter Huber of the Manhattan Institute has been trying for decades to explain to people why even the most efficient collectors of solar and wind energy will never be able to harvest all that much fuel. He reminds that the sun doesn’t cook us and gusts of wind typically don’t send us hurtling down the street. Compare that with the highly concentrated form of energy in a barrel of oil and one understands why the renewables will always struggle to compete.
Both articles are good.
The Wall Street Journal did a better job from an economic standpoint.
Alexandra DeSanctis at the National Review better exposed the hypocrisy of the vote.
The sponsor and 12 cosponsors did not vote for the bill.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock