On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) rolled out what he calls his response to the Green New Deal proposed by Congressional Democrats. Gaetz even gave his plan a similar name, dubbing it “The Green Real Deal,” even though he failed to prove how exactly it would address the issue of climate change, which will be a major focus in the upcoming 2020 election.
Speaking outside the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, Gaetz announced:
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“I represent Florida’s First Congressional District while it is above water. History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change.”
Those two sentences, however, were the only part of what Gaetz said that made the least bit of sense or actually dealt with the issue of climate change, which the Florida Republican called “irrefutable.”
Instead of having an actual blueprint for what needs to be done on the issue of climate change and global warming, Gaetz spoke in tired platitudes and talking points, repeatedly using the words “innovation” and “technology” like some sort of lame mantra that will make the environment magically heal itself. The essence of his plan, Gaetz explained in a press release is “harnessing the power of free markets, embracing technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and cutting excessive governmental red tape.”
Blather, pablum, and BS. Yeah, that’s gonna make a big difference.
From there, Gaetz engaged in an obligatory exercise for nearly every Republican: Lying about the Green New Deal and pretending it will alter our lives for the worse:
“Do we really believe that if we outlaw cars, cows, planes and buildings that the rest of the world will follow? Of course not, they will laugh at us.”
Does anyone believe we’ll be able to drive cars, eat steak or live in buildings if we’re all underwater?
As ThinkProgress notes, while Gaetz did his dog and pony show, one question a reporter asked exposed the utter nonsense behind his motives:
“While Gaetz hid behind poll-tested platitudes in his remarks, the question and answer period of his press conference revealed his true intentions: After someone asked if Gaetz still supported shuttering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — something he proposed in 2017 — the congressman responded in the affirmative.”
Near the end of his ridiculous stunt, Gaetz remarked:
“I didn’t come to Congress to argue with a thermometer and I think that more of my colleagues need to realize that the science of global warming is irrefutable.”
What’s truly irrefutable is that Congressman Gaetz is a clown who needs to be sent packing by voters in 2020.
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