The real reason Mitch McConnell announced a Senate vote on the Green New Deal

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 5:51 a.m.

    McConnell comes from Kentucky where coal is king. He has every incentive to nip this proposal in the bud to help keep himself in the pocket of fossil fuels and frame the Green New Deal -- not unlike other GOP initiatives, such as "Contract for America" -- as a scary "socialistic" ideal.

    The reality is that energy has always been a sector that is either gov't-owned (think of all the Mideast Royals and despots that own nationalistic [socialistic?] oil companies in OPEC that set world oil prices) or gov't-regulated (think of our utilities that are natural monopolies). If you want to build a wind farm, a coal-fired power plant, an oil pipeline, or a nuclear plant, gov't is at the heart of that approval process -- and for nuclear power, government ends up being a key funding source before any power is produced (unlike wind power that gets its subsidies only AFTER it is built, and those subsidies are being phased out).

    Perhaps parts of the New Green Deal are "funky." But parts of it are no different than what many states have already done -- renewable energy goals, efficiency building codes, etc.

    I think McConnell's vote will backfire on the GOP.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    McConnell always the partisan, more committed to his party than our country.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:29 p.m.

    “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:23 p.m.

    one old man - MSC, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 7:59 p.m.

    Wow, Lou, it's nice to see that you've caught the vision.

    Stop to think about it. Won't those things actually make future lives better than they are now?
    No doubt about it. No airplanes, no cars, no cows passing gas, no capitalism, maybe you should think about it

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    Let all the dem hopefuls go on the record that they are extreme radicals completely out of touch with reality.

    This is complete and total pie in the sky.

    Our founders had no fear of corporations. They did not believe it the job of the government to provide happiness, just create an environment where we could pursue it.

    They never envisioned a government that would be the end-all-do-all to its citizens.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 9:31 a.m.

    McConnell is playing games, again. The Green New Deal has yet to be vetted. There have been no committee hearings. It is early stage. There has been very little public discussion of it. McConnell is the tool of special interests, not a public servant acting in good faith.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 9:00 a.m.


    I’m not convinced that the US is fully self-sufficient. Look at our trade deficit.

    I’m confident socialism will not work in the US, just as it has failed everywhere else in history and today.

    You’re telling me that nationalization of business, industry, healthcare, energy, etc will work because the US is powerful? I suggest the US aid powerful because of a free economy, ie capitalism. The US is powerful because it is not fully invested in socialism, though we dinker with some forms of it in our entitlement programs and subsidies of certain segments of the economy.

    The USSR was powerful, and big, and they failed under centralized control. China wallowed for decades and is now growing in power due to its massive population and semi-embrace of capitalism. Cuba is a failed state. Venezuela, failed. Other socialized countries all struggle and fail. Scandinavian countries are only somewhat successful now because they are relatively small, and are loving off the wealth obtained under capitalism. They’ll fail too over time and revert to free markets again.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 13, 2019 5:08 a.m.

    @David - Centerville, UT
    "Look at Venezuela and tell me this is a good thing for the United States."

    The United States of America is the only country on the globe that is fully self sufficient. We grow enough food to feed the world, we really don't need foreign oil, we have all of our own minerals, and we have all of our own manufacturing.

    Venezuela is not self sufficient. Their economy is based on oil and rice. They cannot even feed themselves.

    Venezuela got in trouble when they tried to ignore ignore the US petro-dollar and trade their oil in Russian rubles.

    Putin keeps trying to undermine the Petro-dollar and take control of world oil.

    Putin is not our friend.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 9:16 p.m.

    Look at Venezuela and tell me this is a good thing for the United States.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 7:59 p.m.

    Wow, Lou, it's nice to see that you've caught the vision.

    Stop to think about it. Won't those things actually make future lives better than they are now?

    Those are things that could actually Make America A Great Place.

    Seriously . . .

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 12, 2019 6:36 p.m.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a progressive and she is looking into the future.

    Federal jobs are always viewed as the ultimate retirement jobs.
    Nothing new here!

    Massive job creations will be in green energy.
    Entire communities will become independent power stations.
    Light rail systems will blanket America and drive down the costs of transportation.
    Overland transportation costs will be reduced with electric tractor-trailers.
    Farms will run more effectively with low cost electricity.
    Mining equipment will run cleaner with electric motors with reduced health risks.
    Cost of medicine will be legislated to affordable levels.
    Doctors will be government employee with very nice salaries and no overhead.
    Junk food will be outlawed and healthy lifestyles will be the norm.

    As our forefathers intended, government will be able to provide safety and happiness without greedy corporations controlling our lives.

    Yes she is a hundred years ahead of her time.