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Liz Cheney Just Showed How Popular the Green New Deal Really Is

None of the witnesses appearing before the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee would say they wholeheartedly supported the Green New Deal.

By NTK Staff | 02.12.2019 @4:31pm

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) showed how popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Green New Deal is during an Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday when not a single majority witness would say they supported the resolution.

Cheney began by asking each witness exactly how they arrived in Washington D.C. for the hearing in just one word.

“On a plane,” said Chandra Farley, the director of Just Energy.

“Same,” said Sarah Shrader, the owner and co-founder of Bonsai Design.

“A big, white pick-up truck,” said Bill Bissett, the president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Hille, the president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, said that he also drove.

Both Brandon Dennison, the founder and CEO of the Coalfield Development Corporation and Joseph Mason, a professor in the Department of Finance at Louisiana State University, said they arrived in D.C. by plane.

Cheney then followed up by asking the witnesses how America would gradually move toward net zero emissions in ten years as the Green New Deal called for and how the government should prioritize air travel, which the Green New Deal calls to be eliminated.

“I would depend on the FAA and the other federal agencies that focus on air travel to tackle that question. The Green New Deal is a sweeping collection of recommendations and policies,” Farley responded.

“Thank you very much, Ms. Farley. So, the FAA then I would assume, I guess we’re going to set up a situation where the FAA then can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important and what isn’t?” Cheney asked. “It would seem to me I guess we would then have a situation where the FAA could say, for example, you know what, vacation travel – that’s not essential. We have to make sure that we can do the air travel for the people that really need it, so no vacation travel.”

“Would you say that we’re going to have some sort of a vacation commissar set up in the government to determine what kind of air travel makes sense and what kind doesn’t? Ms. Shrader maybe I’ll go to you on that kind of question,” Cheney asked.

Shrader attempted to dodge Cheney’s pointed question, causing Cheney to ask Shrader whether she supported the Green New Deal.

“I’m not an expert on the Green New Deal,” Shrader responded.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Cheney then got into a brief back-and-forth about her line of questioning before Cheney asked the witnesses whether any of them supported the Green New Deal.

None of the witnesses appearing before the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee would say they wholeheartedly supported the Green New Deal.

The closest was Farley, saying that she supports many of the policies in the Green New Deal, but she would not go as far as to say she supported the entirety of the resolution.

Cheney thanked Farley for her response.

“I would just say that it’s going to be crucially important for us to recognize and understand when we outlaw plane travel, we outlaw gasoline, we outlaw cars, I think actually probably the entire U.S. military because of the Green New Deal that we are able to explain to our constituents and to people all across this country what that really means,” Cheney said. “Even when it comes down to something like air travel, which the FAQ’s say they want to eliminate within the next ten years, that means the government is going to be telling people where they can fly to and where they can’t.”

“I would assume I guess that means our colleagues from California are going to be riding their bicycles back home to their constituents. Thank you very much I yield back,” Cheney concluded.

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