John Delaney Compares ‘Impossible’ Green New Deal to Mexico Paying for Trump’s Wall

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Not every Democratic 2020 candidate is onboard with the ambitious “Green New Deal” proposal introduced by Congressional Democrats last week.

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) called the proposal “impossible” in its current form on Thursday, likening it to President Donald Trump’s unfulfilled promise that Mexico would pay for a wall on the southern border.

“Let’s focus on what’s possible, not what’s impossible,” he wrote in a tweet.

In an earlier tweet, Delaney characterized the proposal as a “step backwards.” Instead, Delaney proposed a carbon tax and a five-fold increase in Department of Energy research.

Delaney’s position sets him apart from a number of other Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 nomination. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are all co-sponsors of the Senate bill.

The ambitious legislation offers a series of non-binding goals set out as part of a ten-year plan. The proposals include sweeping changes to transportation and infrastructure and a move away from fossil fuels.

In response to criticism of his tweets on the Green New Deal, Delaney’s account directed readers towards an article on his past work towards enacting a carbon tax during his time as a member of Congress. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018, co-sponsored by Delaney, proposed a $15 per ton tax on carbon emissions, with a subsequent $10 increase per calendar year. If emissions exceeded the reduction target for the previous year, the tax would increase by $15.

Delaney was one of the very first candidates to enter the 2020 race with an announcement back in July of 2017. Despite a relatively low profile as a member of Congress from Maryland, Delaney entered the race early and has spent a considerable amount of time in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Delaney’s early efforts to familiarize himself with voters seem to have produced mixed results. A February Saint Anselm College Survey Center poll of registered voters in New Hampshire found Delaney’s name recognition far below more prominent candidates and potential challengers like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Joe Biden. But Delaney came in above Tulsi Gabbard and Pete Buttigieg, and just shy of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

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