Think of it as the beta test of the “green new deal”.
Richard A. Epstein is not usually very excitable, speaking, albeit quickly and at great length, in the form of a legal argument. Fair enough: he is one of the most cited legal scholars in the United States. In the most recent episode of his Hoover Institution podcast, “The Libertarian”, however, he goes into a full-on rant about the “Green New Deal”. The first part, where he discusses the bogus connection between carbon dioxide and climate, is especially valuable. It’s only twenty-six minutes and well worth your time.
Representative Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has been prattling on for some time about a “Green New Deal”. Today she, along with Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, introduced a bill [PDF] (not yet assigned a number), for a House Resolution “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal”. Accompanying the resolution is a Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] document.
These, particularly the FAQ, are hilarious. The House Resolution is basically a statement of goals without any details about how they are to be achieved. The FAQ goes a tiny bit deeper into the nitty gritty (or, more precisely, the fanatic fantasy) of what is intended. At least you can’t fault it for not being ambitious.... [Read More]