WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after Democrats released their plan for a “Green New Deal”:
“Democrats just unveiled a laughable plan to make air travel obsolete, force household electricity rates to skyrocket, and guarantee taxpayer-funded welfare to everyone ‘unwilling to work,’ all within 10 years. But after 10 years of Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Green Dream,’ all we would have left to show for it is massive unemployment, lower wages, skyrocketing costs on everything from electricity to medical devices, and weakened national security.
“Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is a bad deal for working families, and America’s seniors and middle-class would be left footing the bill. If Democrats abolish fossil fuels, electricity and transportation costs will skyrocket. If Democrats abolish cattle farming, food costs will skyrocket. The list of devastation goes on. Democrats call climate change ‘our World War II,’ but this plan reads more like a war on American families and American jobs.
“Instead of this ‘Green Dream’ we should continue pursuing our all-of-the-above American energy strategy that’s rebuilding our economy and allowing us to help our friends around the world. In 2017, America had the greatest reduction in carbon emissions of any nation in the world. The Democrats ‘Green Dream’ would just ship millions of high-paying American jobs, like the ones in energy-producing states like my home state of Louisiana, to countries like China, who emit carbon at a much higher rate than us.”