The Acting EPA Chief Has Weighed in on the Green New Deal...

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 9:45 AM
The Acting EPA Chief Has Weighed in on the Green New Deal...

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We've heard a lot of reaction from lawmakers about the Green New Deal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and other top Democrats have either criticized, mocked, or distanced themselves from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) far reaching environmental measure.

On Wednesday, Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler finally offered a few thoughts on it himself. He, too, is unimpressed. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler explained how painfully clear it is that the progressives who introduced the green plan failed to iron out some key details.

"I've read the resolution that they put out, I've also read the fact sheet that they later disavowed, I'd say probably the roll out was not really ready for prime time," Wheeler said. "But, I am concerned that they really don't seem to value a stable electricity source, grid reliability and for human health and the environment here at the agency, I have to be very concerned about that because it's the electricity system that supplies our drinking water system that runs it."

Among the demands in the Green New Deal are reduced air travel, upgrading every building in the country, and paying those "unwilling to work."

Leading Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are well aware of the plot holes and analysts agree that's what drove his latest announcement. He's allowing a vote on the measure, he said on Tuesday, to let Americans see which Democrats are willing to "go on record" and support it.

Even Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who co-authored and introduced the Green New Deal, shied from it soon after McConnell's announcement. Instead of celebrating a green lit vote, he accused McConnell of trying to "sabotage" their plans.

So, is anyone a fan? Bueller?

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