Former Dem. Gov.: Green New Deal’s Aspirations Are Okay, But Its ‘Specifics Don’t Make Sense’

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | April 12, 2019 | 4:57 PM EDT

Ed Remdell (Screemshot)

Speaking on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime” on Friday, former Pennsylvania Governor and DNC Chairman Ed Rendell (D) said the “aspirational aspects of the Green New Deal are okay,” but “the specifics don’t make sense,” and that the Green New Deal “is not a real plan.”

“If you look to the aspirational part of the Green New Deal, I think most Americans -- not just Democrats -- would agree with it,” Rendell said. “Anybody who has got half a brain agrees that there is climate change and that human activity has caused it, and we better do something about it or we are going to be cooked, or certainly our children are going to be cooked. So the aspirational aspects of the Green New Deal are okay. And they can go on to a platform.

He continued “But the specifics don’t make sense. They cost too much, they are trying to achieve something in a shorter period of time than is actually physically possible. So I agree with Pete Buttigieg who says this is a plan but it’s not fully articulated policies. It’s got to be costed out. It’s got to be looked at as if it's realistic. We've got to get down to the nitty-gritty.”

Host Harris Faulkner asked Rendell, “So, is it smart to run on it? I mean, if it has all of these cost issues. And it’s got all of these - and I hear what you’re saying. I mean it’s 12 years or less, according to AOC, Ocasio-Cortez. Or, maybe it's less than that and things are coming at a fast and furious pace. And it is a lot. I mean, it’s 14 pages. I call it an outline more than a piece of legislation, potentially non-binding.”

“Right,” Rendell responded. “And that's exactly right. It isn’t a piece of legislation. Because they haven’t thought out a lot about what’s in here. For example, we want no automobiles driven by anything that produces - that is powered by fossil fuels. Well, the electric car, where do they think electricity comes from in this country? Most of electricity is powered by fossil fuels.”

“Have you told Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez that? I mean, that's not just funny, that's true,” Faulkner responded.

“It is true,” Rendell said. “So, look we’ve got to think this through. Look, I give them credit for one thing. And I’m not great fans of theirs. I think the media gives them far too much attention.”

Faulkner asked, “Now when you say that, who do you mean? You mean the far left in your party?”

Rendell responded, “Right, I’m not fans of theirs because I think they're not dealing honestly with people and telling them things that can be achieved in the time frame that they want to achieve them. But, I give them credit for one thing -- somebody has to jump-start the process in the congress.

“Good lord, this climate change. This global warming. We see it every day. The weather patterns are so much different than when I was a kid. We’re in trouble and we got to do something about it. And if this can get the discussion going, then I give them a great deal of credit. But, this is not a real plan.”

The Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in February, calls for a series of goals “accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization.”

The goals include:

  • “Repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States,”
  • “Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources,
  • “Working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible,” and
  • “Overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible.”

According to the American Action Forum, the Green New Deal could cost as much as $93 trillion.


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