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Tool of the Week: Green New Deal pushers

Empower Wisconsin | March 2,  2020

Peddlers of the New Green Deal are would-be killers.

Their CO2-eliminating/wealth redistribution plan would mortally wound the U.S. economy and knock out capitalism with one bullet.

A study released last week by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Power the Future finds Wisconsin families would be shackled with $40,000 in new annual ongoing costs.

The Green New Deal — as championed by liberals such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and many of the Democratic presidential candidates —  calls for shifting energy consumption entirely to electric current from today’s primary sources, principally fossil fuels. Doing so would destroy America’s Dairyland.

It would cause $200 million in losses to Wisconsin farmers, while clobbering the state’s iconic dairy industry with $2.5 billion in additional costs, the study finds.

Wisconsin’s dairy farmers have slogged through a four-year milk price recession, protracted trade wars, anti-animal agriculture activists, and a punitive regulatory climate, said Cindy Leitner, president of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance.

The study estimates the Green New Deal would force dairy farmers to pay an additional $500 to $2,000 per cow per year in compliance costs.

“How does that translate? That means an average farmer in Wisconsin of 150 cows will pay between $75,000 and $300,000 per year in addition to what they are doing now,” Leitner said. “And if we think that we have seen a high exit of farms in Wisconsin in the past several years, this policy will close the door on any dairy surviving. It will be gone. This is very serious. This should not even be considered as a policy.”

Kind of undercuts Democrats’ call to save the family farm, doesn’t it?

The study only tracks the costs of the Green New Deal’s constraints on energy generation. It does not delve into the plan’s myriad “social justice” programs, like federally-guaranteed jobs “with family-sustaining” wages, paid vacations and “retirement security” for every American.

The Green New Deal is a horrible package of ideas from America’s socialist movement to fundamentally change the republic as we have known it. Its purveyors are useful idiots. In other words, tools.

They collectively are Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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