The biggest question Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y.) gets about her Green New Deal is, how are we going to pay for it? Other questions lobbed at her usually have to do with her sanity.
Not long ago, the young congresswoman released a plan and its accompanying documents that included everything from replacing airplanes with high-speed rail to rebuilding or retrofitting every building in America to make it green. Other plans include guaranteeing jobs and housing, running our entire country off renewable energy sources, making farms and ranches emission-free, and replacing all gas-powered cars — most of this within ten years.
And that’s just the tip of the growing iceberg.
So how much do they think this thing’s going to cost? $93 trillion.
To put that number in perspective, her plan would require about a third of world’s entire calculate wealth of $280 trillion — according to Credit Suisse’s November 2017 numbers. And that’s the cost of implementing it just in the U.S., one of about 200 countries in the world.
“The Green New Deal is clearly very expensive,” concluded the American Action Forum. “It’s further expansion of the federal government’s role in some of the most basic decisions of daily life, however, would likely have a more lasting and damaging impact than its enormous price tag.”
And, as with many government-funded projects, the actual cost of implementation could be much higher, too.
Supporters of the plan like to point out that it’s a non-binding resolution, yet Ocasio-Cortez insisted again on Sunday that not implementing it — or enacting a toned-down version of it — would mean we’d all die very soon.
“We need a universal sense of urgency,” she told her live video viewers as she chopped up vegetables in her kitchen on Sunday. “And people are trying to, like, introduce watered-down proposals that are frankly going to kill us!”
“A lack of urgency is going to kill us!”
She also caught attention from that video for suggesting that perhaps people should make the “moral” choice to not have kids because a world without her Green New Deal implemented would be “very difficult” on children.
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh made a good point, writing sarcastically on Twitter: “So @AOC wants to tell us what to eat, how to travel, how much money we can make, what sort of home to live in, and whether we should reproduce. But remember it's conservatives who want to control your private life.”