California Dems Back ‘Green New Deal’

California Dems Back 'Green New Deal'

( – Three California Democrats currently serving in the U.S. House have announced they’re running for Senate in 2024, and all of them have backed hard-left proposals to battle climate change.

Representatives Katie Porter, Barbara Lee, and Adam Schiff all have their eye on the soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat currently held by Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein, 89, is now the oldest and longest-serving Senator. She announced in February she would not be seeking re-election.

All three contenders think the so-called “Green New Deal” is a swell idea. This plan was outlined in a 2021 House Resolution put forward by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It calls for major reductions in emissions, the construction of all-new “smart” electric grids, and the creation of “millions of high-wage union jobs” to help “save” the climate and keep global warming at less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The plan takes its name from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s public works, and job-creation programs rolled out during the 1930s to address the Great Depression.

The left-wing League of Conservation Voters, a D.C.-based issue group that monitors the voting records of politicians on climate and environmental matters, gave Schiff, Porter, and Lee top scorers. The group awarded Schiff a 98 percent score, while Porter and Lee got 97 percent.

Green New Deal sponsor Ocasio-Cortez said in 2021 that the California wildfires, along with snow storms in Texas, prove “the climate crisis is here.” She said this alleged crisis threatened the safety and fiscal well-being of “communities.”

While pro-environmental activists frequently cite extreme events—unusually heavy wildfire seasons in the west or ice and snow storms in the south—as proof of imminent climate catastrophe, cooler heads disagree. Though they are in the minority as their views are considered unacceptable by the majority, more sober climate researchers point out that single events, such as heavy wildfire seasons, can’t be tied to large historical climate patterns.

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