‘All such [gas-powered] vehicles must be off the roads by 2040 at the latest…’

Freshmen Democrats Plan to Use Progressive Caucus to Pull the Party Further Left

(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) A radical environmental proposal known as the “Green New Deal” is gaining traction in the Democratic Party, with a coalition of 626 activist groups sending a letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week essentially urging a total economic takeover.

“On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we are writing today to urge you to consider the following principles as the 116th Congress debates climate change legislation and momentum around the country builds for a Green New Deal,” the letter says.

Riffing on the familiar sounding name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” jobs program that arguably pulled America out the 1930s Great Depression, the Democrats’ new initiative makes such incredible environmental demands that it could easily pull the country out of one of its most economically successful periods and back into recessionary times—if not worse.

The demands include halting all fossil-fuel leasing on federal lands and offshore areas, as well as prohibiting any permits for fossil-fuel power plants, pipelines or other infrastructure projects.

The Green New Deal also would ban all American fossil-fuel exports, and bar what the 626 signatory groups call “massive irrational subsidies” for fossil fuels and nuclear energy, even though fossil fuels and fossil fuel energy companies are among the most highly taxed and regulated items in the entire economy.

But banning all things fossil-fuel-related is just the beginning.

The proposal further demands that “the United States must shift to 100% renewable power by 2035 or earlier.”

But a total shift to unproven renewable energy sources within 16 years is by all reasonable accounts impossible. Any serious attempt to do so would also likely wreck the economy, critics say, especially since Green New Deal supporters state in their letter that hydro-electric power, like the Hoover Dam, and biomass and waste-to-energy projects do not qualify because of their impact on the environment.

The proposal also calls for government-protected “public and community ownership over power infrastructure and electricity,” sounding eerily similar to actual socialism.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, the vast demands of the Green New Deal—as popularly championed by self-avowed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.—would cause a “humanitarian crisis.”

The pro-growth economic institute urged Congress last week to “do no harm.”

“Policy makers heeding the time-honored healer’s maxim, ‘First, do no harm,’ should reject policies to tax and regulate away mankind’s access to affordable energy,” the group said.

But given the extreme bent of the modern Democratic Party, the Green New Deal may serve as an irresistible pretext for a massive power grab, albeit with dire consequences.

The demands also pertain to public transportation, where only renewable power would be allowed, and include a phase-out and eventual ban on all vehicles powered by gas and diesel engines “as quickly as possible.”

“All such vehicles must be off the roads by 2040 at the latest,” the letter said, while calling for an enormous expansion in taxpayer subsidies for electric vehicles.

Calls for Pelosi to “harness the full power of the Clean Air Act,” the once reasonable environmental regulation, are urged to make up for the Obama administration’s abuse of the law as determined by repeated losses in federal court.

Green New Dealers are also demanding a “just transition” to their all-renewable energy makeover by providing taxpayer largess to the Democratic Party base, defined euphemistically as “support[ing] communities who have historically been harmed first and most by the dirty energy economy.”

However, it’s unclear whether the so-called just transition will allow groups like Native Americans to develop or use fossil fuels on their own lands if they choose to do so.

The coalition’s letter to House Democrats cites the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, as the basis for “visionary and affirmative legislative action.”

The IPCC is the bedrock entity for political climate change advocacy. It offers politically-driven climate model predictions that fit hand-in-glove with calls from the liberal global order to consolidate political and economic power with their ranks.

The IPCC has produced doomsday reports justifying “visionary” actions like the Paris Climate Agreement, a global redistribution of wealth scheme with likely minimal actual climate effect, according to its critics.

Recently, former Vice President Al Gore, now a radical left-wing climate activist, admitted that an IPCC report was “torqued up”—not that Gore thought that was a bad thing.

“The language that the IPCC used in presenting it was torqued up a little bit, appropriately—how [else] do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?” he said.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Green New Deal “should be called the Back to the Dark Ages Manifesto.”