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‘Green Real Deal’: Matt Gaetz Is Preparing The GOP Answer To Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is preparing to introduce a “Green Real Deal” resolution to contrast with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, according to Politico.

New York’s Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her resolution on Feb. 7 and immediately faced criticism for its scope and potential cost, which reached toward tens of trillions of dollars.

A draft of Gaetz’s resolution, obtained by Politico, recognizes risks to the U.S. from climate change, citing Department of Defense reports that identify certain military assets and bases as at risk to rising sea levels and increasing severe weather events, such as hurricanes.

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“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth,” the draft says.

Energy lobbyists have seemingly received copies of Gaetz’s resolution are beginning to line up behind it in support.

“Congressman Gaetz deserves to be applauded for taking the lead in crafting a bold resolution that identifies actionable climate solutions that will benefit America’s economy, environment, and national security,” Heather Reams, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, said in a statement.

Gaetz’s resolution pushes market-driven innovation and competition from companies developing green energy technology. It does not set any emission reduction goals.

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The draft pledges “to reduce and modernize regulations so that clean energy technologies can be deployed, and compete.”

In contrast to the Green New Deal, the draft Green Real Deal resolution takes a positive view on nuclear energy. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution did not mention the energy sector, causing some controversy among pro-nuclear energy experts.

Gaetz’s legislation takes a wide-ranging approach to cutting emissions through investing in fossil fuel carbon capture technology, new and updated nuclear and hydropower placements, making the power grid more efficient and granting energy companies improved access to public lands.

The resolution pledges to “empower individuals, states, and the marketplace” to develop and disseminate new technology that will cut the United States’ carbon emissions.

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2 comments

  1. Dawn C Lynge-Pruden

    Derrell
    he simply responded to AOC because she/and many others- stated that so many can criticize her but what is the GOP’s plan, so the mainstream (fake) media broadcast all over that the republicans have no plans or response nor care about the environment that is how the left loves to portray us.
    So this IS the response, common sense, why fight about “climate change” the climate DOES change, and hey let us empower some common sense ideas without the appearance of the hostiles that the left always employs, I got a kick and a giggle outta his response, well done Matt Gaetz!!!

  2. WHY!? do politicians insist on doing ANYTHING that creates more gov. involvement? Especially on a narrative that is a LIE! Climate change is a natural occurrence (not man made OR CONTROLLED!!!) – a part of living on this planet! Why is it an excuse for government to “do something”!? Leave it alone!!!!!

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