The so-called “Green New Deal” has run its course, finally losing in the U.S. Senate 57-0 with 43 Democrats abandoning it by voting “present.” While the socialistic resolution had no chance of adoption, it has spurred a conversation about how to address a changing climate. In fact, a recent poll by CRES Forum found that Americans—including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike—have been clamoring for a realistic alternative. Seven in ten voters agree that Republicans should present their own set of solutions to reduce carbon emissions.
Fortunately, Republican Members of Congress are listening.
This week, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the “Green Real Deal,” (H.Res.288), a plan to address climate change by harnessing the power of free markets, embracing technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and cutting excessive governmental red tape. CRES stated that, “A Green Real Deal is another example of Republicans taking the lead in pursuing legislative solutions that champion capitalism over socialistic cronyism. Now is the time for Congressional Republicans to create a mantle for America’s businesses and consumers to engage in that results in a cleaner environment while growing jobs and the economy, maintaining our energy independence, and securing our nation, rather than a mandate that harms the American economy.”
The Green Real Deal offers a set of principles and outlines policy ideas that are grounded in capitalism, politically viable, and practical for America in terms of our economy and national security. It is another example of Republicans bringing ideas and legislation to the table to address our country’s climate and energy needs.
Some key points in the introduced resolution:
- Most importantly, the resolution recognizes the risks and vulnerabilities climate change poses to our country—not just for our environment, but for our economy.
- It starts with the premise that, as the world leader in gross emissions reductions, the United States is proving it can meet the challenge of climate change head on by driving innovation.
- It praises the investments of U.S. businesses and recent accomplishments in the private sector, such as the growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.
- It celebrates the track record of clean energy growing the economy and creating jobs and establishes goals for the U.S. to further position itself as a global leader in clean energy development.
- And it proposes conservative-minded solutions that include eliminating unnecessary regulations and modernizing others; creating a voluntary federal framework for tracking emissions; and offering tax incentives to consumers.
The Green Real Deal rightfully applauds the actions our country has already taken to address emissions and encourages further investment to discover even better solutions. It is a positive, forward-looking resolution, as opposed to the Green New Deal, which condemns America for its success. CRES encourages Members of Congress to support it.