Just days after socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced her Green New Deal, progressive California Gov. Gavin Newsom is already throwing a huge wrench into it.
He’s canceling the California high-speed rail project that was estimated to be completed by 2033. During his State of the State address on Tuesday, Newsom said that the planned Los Angeles to San Francisco high-speed rail line “would cost too much and respectfully take too long” to construct with its estimated price tag of $77 billion.
Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, has been pushing for replacing air travel with a national high-speed rail system to be completed in 2029, four years before the California line’s estimated completion. As stated in her Green New Deal overview and FAQ, the young congresswoman believes the U.S. should build a rail system in the next ten years that is so expanse that “air travel stops becoming necessary.” She also expressed the desire to get rid of “farting cows” and airplanes and anything else that has an internal combustion engine and/or emits pollution.
Now one of the most liberal governors in the country, less than a week after Ocasio-Cortez released her Green New Deal, is showing the nation that his state can’t even complete one big-city-to-big-city route and will have to settle for a shorter version of it instead.
The significance of that, and its timing, drew a fresh wave of ridicule for Ocasio-Cortez’ impossible plan. Some people have even theorized that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi worked with her California colleague on the timing of his high-speed-rail-killing announcement because Pelosi has little regard for the Green New Deal.