GOP ads target Democrats over ‘Green New Deal’

Source: By Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporte • Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee with ties to House Republicans, launched ads today against two Democrats over the “Green New Deal.”

The video spots are part of a growing GOP effort to woo voters who may see the “Green New Deal” and its main backer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), as too far left.

The ads target Democratic Reps. Antonio Delgado of New York and Colin Allred of Texas. Neither has been a major champion of the “Green New Deal,” but the ads work to associate them as much as possible.

The Delgado ad quotes him as saying on the campaign trail, “Why aren’t we thinking of a Green New Deal?” With Allred, the spot focuses on his support for pricing carbon.

“His carbon tax and her ‘Green New Deal’ means skyrocketing prices, higher taxes for Texas families,” the video says.

The digital ads will begin running as activists from the Sunrise Movement lobby on Capitol Hill in support of the “Green New Deal” resolution Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced last week (Greenwire, Feb. 7).

The New York congresswoman described the effort as “a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice.”

And while experts such as former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have questioned the viability of some of the plan’s mandates, today Obama climate negotiator Todd Stern gave it his backing.

“Congrats to @SenMarkey and @AOC for #GreenNewDeal res. Specifics will have to get worked out, but this is first initiative that recognizes the speed and scale of action needed to meet climate threat,” tweeted Stern. “Big step forward.”

Last week, Senate GOP leaders used their weekly briefing to blast the “Green New Deal.” Over the weekend, President Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) piled on.

“I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called ‘Carbon Footprint’ to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military — even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

McCarthy likewise tweeted, “‘The green dream’ is actually a nightmare,” along with a video of Obama-era controversies surrounding solar company Solyndra.