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The Wall Street Journal comments on Joe Biden’s Green Free Lunch.

On June 4, 2019, Presidential hopeful Joe Biden released his 1.7 trillion dollar proposal on climate change, mirroring far-left climate change plans. Mr. Biden wants the U.S. to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Yet he offers little specifics about how to get there. On his first day he would “sign a series of new executive orders with unprecedented reach” to “put us on the right track.” Then he would ask Congress to pass an “enforcement mechanism” requiring “clear, legally-binding emissions reductions.” A carbon tax or cap-and-trade? He doesn’t say.

Biden's plan would regulate gasoline cars out of existence, forge a new transcontinental railroad, retrofit half of U.S. buildings within 15 years, and restrict development on nearly a third of the country’s land and water. Mr. Biden’s plan calls the Green New Deal “a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”

But at least Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist Congresswoman who muses about phasing out air travel and eliminating cows, is honest about some of the costs she would impose. Mr. Biden calls for “drastic action” and says “the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet.” Yet he fails to reckon with the economics implied by his rhetoric.

Plan Comparison

  • Joe Biden: $1.7 trillion dollar proposal to "secure our future". Biden seeks to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 via "executive orders to put us on the right track".
  • Beto O'Rourke: $1.5 trillion to "invest in people."
  • Elizabeth Warren: $2 trillion to "roll up our sleeves to get to work on climate solutions"
  • Bernie Sanders: "Our job is to transform our energy system, take on the fossil fuel industry and save the planet."
  • Kamala Harris: The "New Green Deal is a resolution and I support it and I support the goals."
  • Jay Inslee: $3 trillion to "rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time, defeating climate change".

Numbers and quotes from a WSJ video (click on top link to play).

Political Problem

The Democrats are falling all over themselves with absurd ideas and Biden just joined the club.

The WSJ assessment is the same as mine: "The political problem for Democrats on climate is that their grand designs are popular on the coasts but would cost the jobs and livelihoods of the working-class Americans Mr. Biden claims he can attract from Donald Trump."

When it comes down to jobs and higher taxes vs saving the planet in 12 years (which no one in their right mind believes), the independents and fence-sitters will not vote for this nonsense.

Green New Deal Pricetag

Sanders and Harris effectively committed to AOC's Green New Deal Pricetag of $51 to $93 Trillion.

By only agreeing to spend $1.7 trillion (expect 10 times that) Biden wants to look like a moderate.

Would millennials support this geezer? Independents?

Nonsense Does Not End With Climate

Every major Democrat contender is in favor of impeachment despite the fact that it's a losing cause.

Dave Stockman report the FBI Knew The Russian Collusion Story Was A Hoax From The Get Go.

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North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (R) told Hannity Friday night that the FBI knew "within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to [Robert] Mueller coming on, the FBI and the [Department of Justice] knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true, George Papadopoulos was innocent."

Please note that a Key Figure in the Mueller Report Linked to Russia was a State Department Source.

The FBI assesses” Kilimnik “to have ties to Russian intelligence,” Mueller’s team wrote on Page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

What it doesn’t state is that Kilimnik was a “sensitive” intelligence source for State going back to at least 2013 while he was still working for Manafort, according to FBI and State Department memos I reviewed.

Kilimnik was not just any run-of-the-mill source, either.

He interacted with the chief political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, sometimes meeting several times a week to provide information on the Ukraine government. He relayed messages back to Ukraine’s leaders and delivered written reports to U.S. officials via emails that stretched on for thousands of words, the memos show.

The FBI knew all of this, well before the Mueller investigation concluded.

Gotcha Trap

It's clear the FBI wanted to trap Trump from the beginning and failed.

There are no grounds for impeachment but there are grounds for a closer look into Mueller, the FBI, and Hillary.

Totally Losing Cause

Even if there were grounds for impeachment (but there aren't), the Senate would not convict.

It's a totally losing cause.

This Tweet by Christopher Whalen sums up my views.

Democrats are falling all over themselves to help Trump get reelected.

They just may succeed.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock