On Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey unveiled their Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions while putting Americans back to work. There’s only one problem: The US produces only a small fraction of global greenhouse gases. Even if the Green New Deal reduced US emissions to zero, that would do little to address the issue.
Here's annual U.S. carbon emissions vs. emissions from the rest of the world.
This gives a pretty clear picture of the situation we're facing. pic.twitter.com/lTyqCsIsDw
— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) February 9, 2019
Clearly, while Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is ambitious, it is nowhere near ambitious enough. The solution is obvious. What we really need is a Green World War II.
After defeating China and India in battle, making the world safe for humanity again, we can install military governors and rewrite those countries’ constitutions to ensure they never return to their dangerous emissionism. A Green Marshall Plan to build them a wind-and-solar energy infrastructure will help cement their status as a green ally for generations to come.
This solution has the added benefit of emulating the FDR policy that actually ended the Great Depression and put Americans back to work.
Lest you think a Green World War II is excessive, the Green New Deal’s own backers support its goals.
“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” [Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff] told the Huffington Post back in June.
It acknowledges that climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the US, which is also the position of the US Military. Considering that the US is responsible for roughly one-fifth of global emissions, and also has the capacity for developing high-tech solutions, it declares that the “the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation.”
We must address this threat now before a Green Pearl Harbor puts Hawaii under water. Or are you a denier who doesn’t take the threat of climate change seriously?Published in