Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is reportedly shaking things up around Washington D.C. as he prepares to introduce an environmental plan to counter Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
Ocasio-Cortez’s plan has been widely ridiculed, even by members of her own party, for the plan’s seemingly outlandish proposals. Her plan seeks to all but eliminate air travel by providing energy-efficient travel alternatives without the use of fossil fuels and seeks to drastically change the United States’ social and infrastructure landscape over the next 12 years.
Amid the backlash, Ocasio-Cortez issued a challenge to her colleagues to take up an effort to address environmental concerns.
Matt Gaetz is answering that challenge, the Daily Caller reports:
A draft of Gaetz’s resolution, obtained by Politico, recognizes risks to the U.S. from climate change, citing Department of Defense reports that identify certain military assets and bases as at risk to rising sea levels and increasing severe weather events, such as hurricanes.
“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth,” the draft says.
According to the report, energy lobbyists are reportedly backing the new initiative.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Executive Director Heather Reams said Gaetz should be “applauded” for his effort in bringing a viable solution to Congress.
“Congressman Gaetz deserves to be applauded for taking the lead in crafting a bold resolution that identifies actionable climate solutions that will benefit America’s economy, environment, and national security,” Reams said.
Here’s more, from the Daily Caller:
Gaetz’s resolution pushes market-driven innovation and competition from companies developing green energy technology. It does not set any emission reduction goals.
The draft pledges “to reduce and modernize regulations so that clean energy technologies can be deployed, and compete.”
In contrast to the Green New Deal, the draft Green Real Deal resolution takes a positive view on nuclear energy. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution did not mention the energy sector, causing some controversy among pro-nuclear energy experts.
Gaetz’s legislation takes a wide-ranging approach to cutting emissions through investing in fossil fuel carbon capture technology, new and updated nuclear and hydropower placements, making the power grid more efficient and granting energy companies improved access to public lands.