The Green New Deal is a great and necessary idea. It also polls pretty well. Back in November, one poll had majorities of both Democrats and Republicans supporting it. The pollster was quoted as saying, however, that the Republican support may be high because Republicans didn’t yet realize that it was a Democratic thing. I don’t know what kind of “Green New Deal” Republicans think their party leaders might be getting up to, but that’s what the man said.
I wonder what people would think, though, when they were told that the Green New Deal calls for “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.” Huh? Those are fine goals, but in what sense are they green?
You can make a tortured case that anything is green, I guess, but I’m hardly the only one to see a heck of a lot of lily-gilding in the last few pages of the Green New Deal resolution introduced by Senator Ed Markey and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (but pushed, of course, by AOC).