In a trolling video that’s already amassed hundreds of thousands of views, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Walker highlights the empty promises of the infamous Fyre Festival debacle and the equally utopian and “impossible” promises laid out by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her “Green New Deal.”
“Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle,” Ocasio-Cortez’s much-ridiculed FAQ promised when she unveiled the radical deal last week.
After people on both sides of the aisle began to point out the absurdities of the document, AOC’s team deleted it, initially attempting to suggest Republicans had “doctored” the document before trying to shrug the disaster off as a staffer just mistakingly releasing an “early draft” — though no “final draft” has yet to follow. But the damage was already done: AOC had revealed in too direct language the radical goals of the GND.
Cue Rep. Walker and his trolling GND/Fyre Festival mashup, which plays on the original Fyre promo’s utopian “on the boundaries of the impossible” theme and makes sure to highlight the GND’s plan to eliminate air travel and cow flatulence.
“After the success of the Fyre Festival, we bring you the Green New Deal,” Walker declared, proudly introducing the new promo and signing off with the hashtag “GNDisFyre.”
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) February 13, 2019
As The Daily Wire has chronicled since the Green New Deal’s roll-out last week, Ocasio-Cortez’s team and her supporters in the media have been scrambling to mitigate the damage done by the explainer and FAQ that her office posted online and sent to media outlets in advance of the roll-out. The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti provided an update on the debacle Sunday:
Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez and her advisers began running a full-scale operation to distract and deflect from criticism of the Green New Deal, suggesting first that conservatives had circulated a handful of “doctored” versions of her FAQ, and then, when that line of attack failed, that the posted FAQ, which suggested, among other things, a universal income even for those “unwilling” to work, was an irrelevant “early draft.” But instead of laying the blame where it belonged — squarely at the feet of Ocasio-Cortez and her advisers, who clearly botched their own Green New Deal rollout — the media immediately blamed conservatives for “pouncing” on Ocasio-Cortez’s plan.
Why is Team AOC working so hard to bury the document and pass the blame? Because of passages like this:
Why 100% clean and renewable and not just 100% renewable? Are you saying we won’t transition off fossil fuels?
Yes, we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it – this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible. We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.
The “farting cows” and net-zero emissions in 10 years lines have received much attention from critics. And then there’s this “plan” to play for the massive costs of the goals.
How will you pay for it?
The same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment. At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.