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Brooks: Green New Deal should be scrapped

Congressman Mo Brooks speaking on the House floor.

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, signed the discharge petition for H.Res. 132, a resolution calling for consideration of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-New York, Green New Deal.

If 218 U.S. House of Representatives members sign the discharge petition, there will be a House floor vote on Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, which Brooks derided as the “Green Raw Deal.”

“I signed the discharge petition on the so-called Green Raw Deal to force Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on this absurdity advocated so long and so often by Socialist Democrats,” Brooks said. “While I’m all for having a vote on the Green Raw Deal, let me be very clear: I will vote to kill it! The American people deserve to know where their Congressional representatives stand on the heavy burden and costs of the Green Raw Deal.”

So far, 89 congressmen have signed the discharge petition for the Green Raw Deal, Brooks said.

“Remarkably, not one Socialist Democrat cosponsor of the Green Raw Deal has joined our discharge petition to force a floor vote,” Brooks said. “What are supporters of the Green Raw Deal afraid of? If they support the Green Raw Deal they ought to want to vote on it.”

Brooks said the Green New Deal is a vague manifesto of “radical Socialist Democrat policies” that promises “massive government intervention” and the “economic transformation” of America.

“Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office from 2003 to 2005, estimates the Green Raw Deal will cost between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years,” Brooks said. “$93 trillion equates to $600,000 per household. If every American household earning more than $100,000 were taxed at a 100% rate for 10 years, Socialist Democrats would still fall more than $32 trillion short of paying for the Green Raw Deal. Yet, this is what 93 House Socialist Democrats and 12 Socialist Democrat Senators stand for.”

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The Green New Deal’s central theme is that climate change is such an imminent and catastrophic problem that every resource possible must be used to combat it, Brooks said.

“This is unproven by science,” Brooks said. “To the contrary, Green Raw Deal advocates are really akin to the ‘Flat Earthers’ of the Dark Ages who ignored real science and insisted the earth was flat because that is what popular opinion insisted it was. I serve on the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I am familiar with what REAL science says about climate change. For starters, Earth’s climate has consistently changed since the earth was born more than four billion years ago. So, climate change today is not new nor should it be unexpected to anyone familiar with earth’s history. Global warming alarmists claim sea levels are rising and have risen 8 to 9 inches over the past century. Scary stuff? Yes and no. Yes, because any sea level rise risks coastal communities. No, because the past century’s sea level rise is, on average, only one-third of the sea level rise average of two feet per century over the past 20,000 years! Frankly, members of Congress who support the Green Raw Deal are dangerous and ought to be embarrassed to support such bad legislation.”

Brooks has been a vocal opponent of the Green New Deal and socialism. Brooks is also a strong supporter of the free enterprise system.

Congressman Mo Brooks is currently serving in his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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