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Bernie Sanders Unveils His $16 Trillion Green New Deal
| John Sexton
Posted on 08/22/2019 10:29:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Bernie Sanders has unveiled his own version of the Green New Deal which expands upon the one promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and includes some actual dollar figures. The grand total associated with this plan, according to Sanders, is $16.3 trillion dollars. But Sanders claims all of that would be paid for in fifteen years from a combination of new taxes and cuts in other government spending. Sanders’ plan is quite expansive but here are some of the noteworthy goals:
- No more fossil fuels: “Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest.”
- No nuclear power: “To get to our goal of 100 percent sustainable energy, we will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.”
- Electric cars for everyone: “Provide $2.09 trillion in grants to low- and moderate-income families and small businesses to trade in their fossil fuel-dependent vehicles for new electric vehicles.”
- No more diesel trucks: “…we must spend $216 billion to replace all diesel tractor trailer trucks with fast-charging and long-range electric trucks.”
- Decarbonize air travel? “We will fund a $500 billion effort to research technologies to fully decarbonize industry, and a $150 billion effort to fully decarbonize aviation and maritime shipping and transportation.”
- A $40 billion ‘Climate Justice’ slush fund: “The funds will be able to be used for climate resiliency projects, building emergency community centers and shelters with reliable backup power, wetland restoration, abandoned fossil fuel infrastructure and other environmental hazard reclamation; seawalls; community relocation; community evacuation plans and resources for safe and complete evacuation.”
- Return of the Civilian Conservation Corps: “We will invest $171 billion in reauthorizing and expanding the CCC to provide good-paying jobs building green infrastructure, planting billions of trees and other native species, preventing flood and soil erosion, rebuilding wetlands and coral, cleaning up plastic pollution, constructing and maintaining accessible paths, trails, and fire breaks; rehabilitating and removing abandoned structures, and eradicating invasive species and flora disease; and other natural methods of carbon pollution sequestration.”
- Sue the fossil fuel industry: “These corporations and their executives should not get away with hiding the truth from the American people. They should also pay damages for the destruction they have knowingly caused.”
- Make the fossil fuel industry illegal by banning offshore drilling, drilling on public lands, fracking, and the import and export of fossil fuels: “We must no longer export any fossil fuels. Our coal and natural gas are contributing to increased emissions abroad. We will also end the importation of fossil fuels to end incentives for extraction around the world.”
- Learn to code! A choice of a 5-year wage guarantee or free college for fossil fuel workers: “Up to five years of a wage guarantee, job placement assistance, relocation assistance, health care, and a pension based on their previous salary…If workers would like to receive training for a different career path, they will receive either a four-year college education or vocational job training with living expenses provided.”
- Expanding food stamps: “We will expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $311 billion to increase the benefits from the thrifty plan which provides inadequate benefits to the more generous low-cost food plan, include those with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line, remove punitive work requirements, remove barriers for college students to access SNAP, and ensure people are not denied benefits due to past interaction with the criminal justice system.”
As for the cost and how to pay for it, Sanders is extremely optimistic about that.
This plan will pay for itself over 15 years. Experts have scored the plan and its economic effects. We will pay for the massive investment we need to reverse the climate crisis by:
- Making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies.
- Generating revenue from the wholesale of energy produced by the regional Power Marketing Authorities. Revenues will be collected from 2023-2035, and after 2035 electricity will be virtually free, aside from operations and maintenance costs.
- Scaling back military spending on maintaining global oil dependence.
- Collecting new income tax revenue from the 20 million new jobs created by the plan.
- Reduced need for federal and state safety net spending due to the creation of millions of good-paying, unionized jobs.
- Making the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share.
Does this sound a bit vague to anyone else? The wealthy and corporations can’t pay for this plan. Neither can fossil fuel companies that are shrinking and being driven out of business in the United States. As for scaling back military spending, we spend about $700 billion a year on the military. How much of that does Sanders think is devoted to Navy ships in the Gulf of Oman?
Also, don’t forget this isn’t Sanders’ only big plan. He’s also promoting free college and Medicare for All, the latter of which would likely cost about double his Green New Deal proposal. So you can think of this as less than a third of the spending Bernie has in mind. Ultimately, the only way this happens is massive tax increases on the middle class. And once you tell people that, support for these plans drops dramatically.
Even if Sanders were elected president, most of this plan (all the parts involving new spending, taxes, etc.) would need to be passed by Congress. Even if the Democrats had control of the House and Senate under a Sanders administration, there wouldn’t be enough support to pass this. Remember, many of the Democrats who won close elections in purple suburban districts in 2018 are fairly moderate. The Squad may be making a lot of headlines but Sanders would need a full Company of like-minded Democratic Socialists to get this through Congress. That’s not going to happen anytime soon.
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Somebody’s gonna get rich off of this.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:30:18 AM PDT
(Endut! Hoch Hech!)
posted on 08/22/2019 10:31:17 AM PDT
(The Democrat party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
Papa Smurf is conjuring with his magic hands and dog breath.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:32:21 AM PDT
(If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
Ah , there something really wrong with that man ,he’s not living in the real World
These DEMORON f**kers are SLAP NUTS!!!!
THIS RENEWABLE ENERGY’ FACT PROVES IT A FRAUD!
Then there are the hydrocarbons and electricity needed to undertake all the mining activities and to fabricate the batteries themselves. In rough terms, it requires the energy equivalent of about 100 barrels of oil to fabricate a quantity of batteries that can store a single barrel of oil-equivalent energy.
Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute Physicist who has written extensively on the subject.
The FULL very long, very informative article is here:
Reinstatement of the CCC seems like pretty small beer stacked up against a modest $500 billion for, heaven help us, “decarbonizing”. But hey, if Experts have OK’d it, who am I to object? Experts. What don’t they know?
Making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies. Generating revenue from the wholesale of energy produced by the regional Power Marketing Authorities. Revenues will be collected from 2023-2035, and after 2035 electricity will be virtually free, aside from operations and maintenance costs. Scaling back military spending on maintaining global oil dependence. Collecting new income tax revenue from the 20 million new jobs created by the plan. Reduced need for federal and state safety net spending due to the creation of millions of good-paying, unionized jobs. Making the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share.
Tax, tax. tax. tax, and tax. Let's wee, we consumers pay for the tariffs but what, we don't pay when energy companies are forced to pay 2x what tariffs are?
posted on 08/22/2019 10:35:06 AM PDT
by 1Old Pro
Decarbonize air travel? We will fund a $500 billion effort to research technologies to fully decarbonize industry, and a $150 billion effort to fully decarbonize aviation and maritime shipping and transportation.
Electricity prices will go through the Roof ,if you still have a Roof to go through
Can you say economic depression?
Putting multiple industries (and many companies) completely out of business; taking those companies stocks to zero will crush the market, the economy, pension plans, retirement accounts. Everyone who heats water or buildings with natural gas or propane spending thousands to replace good units. Brownouts will be frequent and everywhere. Old people with health issues will drop like flies in hot and cold weather because of third world electricity practices.
What a great future the Rats have in store!
To: SeekAndFind; newgeezer
This plan should include free mandatory orange jump suits with individual identification numbers on each one.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:38:49 AM PDT
(Prov 24: Do not fret because of evildoers. Do not associate with those given to change.)
All ships will go back to Sails , LOL
Better learn how to make candles.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:39:25 AM PDT
by M Kehoe
(DRAIN THE SWAMP! BUILD THE WALL!)
$16 trillion? I guess hes trying to get it done on the cheap.
Wed do better to pay the libs a trillion dollars just to call it off.
To: M Kehoe
How many people in Bernie’s good old days were killed by candles
“...Ah, there’s something really wrong with that man. Hes not living in the real World...”
Well, for starters, he’s never really held a real job...always lived off the back of those that actually work. He’s a communist/socialist....and, he’s a fricken’ MORON.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:42:53 AM PDT
(It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
Another semi-literate “writer” who can’t figure out that ‘$’ and ‘dollars’ represents the same thing.
This only became common in the last few years, about the time TV pundits began every answer with ‘So.’
Microsoft needs to add a default grammar checker to search for this redundancy. Notification should be via cattle prod.
No nuclear power: To get to our goal of 100 percent sustainable energy, we will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.
Electric cars for everyone: Provide $2.09 trillion in grants to low- and moderate-income families and small businesses to trade in their fossil fuel-dependent vehicles for new electric vehicles.
No more diesel trucks:
we must spend $216 billion to replace all diesel tractor trailer trucks with fast-charging and long-range electric trucks.
where will the electricity come from..solar panels on the roof of every vehicle? Is Bernie invested in coal? Batteries? you'll need to take the materials from the planet for the battery. destroy the planet to make the batteries..he's on a roll....who's gonna make all this crap? A socialist government? Sure...whatever...
posted on 08/22/2019 10:44:01 AM PDT
Anyone with some basic engineering knowledge and a calculator will tell you it can’t be done.
posted on 08/22/2019 10:44:35 AM PDT
by Buckeye McFrog
(Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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