AOC, The Free Market, and The Green New Deal

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making waves since she began her campaign for the house in New York City where she would make the impressive leap from an obscure waitress to probably now the most famous (or perhaps infamous depending on who you ask) house representative in the country. Her many radical and I daresay notorious reforms have been laid out in a proposal she has called “The Green New Deal”, a proposal estimated to the cost the American taxpayers as much $93 trillion according to Fortune Magazine including the costs of her new environmental proposals to reduce carbon emissions, which alone soar as high $12.3 trillion, alone more than half our current national debt.

In addressing the issue of climate change we are going to focus on the latter, that is her environmental proposal. Specifically, I’ve written this as a response to Tweet she posted near the end of February in which said:

“Yup. If you don’t like the , then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis. Until then, we’re in charge – and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.”

It just so happens that even long before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal I have thought about this issue quite a bit. While I don’t necessarily agree fully with the radical, apocalyptic predictions of climate changers I do believe it is a real thing, and that we should be more mindful of our impact on the environment and how it will affect future generations. I also tend to believe personally, as a Christian, that we should be responsible stewards of God’s creation as he so entrusted us. Because of this, I’ve considered solutions of my own, and what I have found is that often the government solution is a redundancy. We encourage green energy initiatives in government, but the same government regulates away green energy sources. We pass taxes on carbon while providing tax subsidizies to fossil fuels and other carbon producing industries, we invest in foreign sources of green energy, but then enact tariffs on them.

We often hear conservatives saying the solution to climate changes is allowing the free market to do its job by supplying the already existing demand for more clean and efficient energy sources, and from Democrats that the free market has failed. What neither side seems to want to acknowledge is the great American myth of the free market? We can neither expect the free market to clean up the environment nor blame it for its woes when we have no free market, to begin with.

We regulate away the manufacturing and expansion of green energy in our country while passing cost-increasing tarriffs on green products we import. We subsidize fossil fuels like oil and coal, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace, and we ignore the obvious free market solutions in front of us.

Despite government involvement, we are beginning to see the albeit slow rise of technologies like electric cars, and the rise of popularity in natural, and often plant-based solutions.

Currently, projections estimate that by 2050 the United States will increase its utilization of renewable energy resources to about 32% of its total energy use. These numbers, given the right conditions, which would require a reduction in government inolvement could be substantially higher especially in light of the fact that the public supports it, and thus there is absolutely a demand for green energy in the market.

In my next blog, I will be discussing a number of reforms in what I will be writing as an open letter to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, presenting my alternative proposal to tackling climate change. Instead of a Green New Deal, I will be proposing the creation of a Free Green Market, which will address government hindrances to an environmentally responsible marketplace as well as often too rarely considered solutions to the dilemma of carbon emissions and fossil fuel dependance in the United States.

My proposals, I argue, will lead to a significant reduction in carbon emission and dependence on fossil fuels without costing the taxpayer trillions of dollars and potentially harming the economy, and infact helping it through the encouragement of new and innovative industries that my well create jobs.

Once I’ve finished the blog I’ll also be sending the letter dirctly to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself. No guarantees she’ll read it, but who knows? Hopefully, you will consider doing so regardless as we engage in this very important conversation.

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