Gaetz announced his plan to address climate change by protecting American innovation so that technology can advance while protecting the environment instead of taking some of the more extreme measures proposed in the Green New Deal.
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As IJR previously reported, the Green New Deal was mocked for some of its more unrealistic goals. A fact sheet published by Ocasio-Cortez’s office said it looked to end air travel and stop cows from farting to cut back greenhouse emissions — goals that many believe are just not feasible.
During a press conference for the Green Real Deal, Gaetz acknowledged that climate change is a serious issue that must be met with realistic policy goals.
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“History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change. Similarly, those Democrats who would use climate change as a basis to regulate out of existence the American experience will face the harsh reality that their ideas will fail.”
Gaetz boiled the differences between the Green New Deal and the Green Real Deal down to this: “Either we want a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington telling us what we can’t do, or we empower American innovators to unlock things that we can do.”
In an op-ed for RealClearPolitics, the congressman explained that he believes protecting intellectual property and cutting regulations could result in a greener U.S. economy. He argued that several green innovations that started in the U.S. have since been stolen by Chinese companies, including developments in solar panels and electric cars.
He also claimed that regulations were strangling green innovation. Gaetz suggested stripping regulations that prevent federal lands from being used for wind power and repealing regulations on nuclear energy as two ways to cut back carbon emissions.
“Do we really believe that if we outlaw cars, cows, planes, and buildings that the rest of the world will follow?” Gaetz asked. “Of course they won’t. They will laugh at us.”
Gaetz noted that he believes the Green New Deal will only result in Americans “exporting pollution” to other countries. He claimed his legislation could result in American businesses producing the technology needed to help the economy evolve into the green economy the U.S. will need to ensure that both the planet and the American standard of living survive for generations to come.
While it isn’t yet clear how the House will respond to Gaetz’s Green Real Deal, it is likely to get the same treatment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave to the Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez’s bill has yet to see the light of day on the House floor and was defeated in a vote on the Senate floor.