President Joe Biden implemented by executive action on Wednesday some of the climate change policies advocated in the Green New Deal after he said that he didn't support it in 2019.
Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who was one of the main authors of the controversial plan, confirmed that she was pleased with the orders from Biden that were similar to the Green New Deal.
Biden sang a different tune during the first presidential debate against former President Donald Trump in September 2019 when he was backed into a corner and moderator Chris Wallace asked him directly if he supported the Green New Deal.
"No, I don't support the Green New Deal," Biden said at the time.
"Oh you don't? Well, that's a big statement! That means you just lost the radical left! Gone!" Trump replied.
"I support the Biden plan that I put forward. The Biden plan, which is different than what he calls the radical Green New Deal," Biden said.
Part of Biden's executive orders include:
- Indefinitely halting all oil and gas leases on federal land
- Goal of doubling offshore wind energy production by 2030
- Elevating climate change to a national security priority
- Creating a White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
Ocasio-Cortez hinted, "It's almost as if we helped shape the platform," when a reporter noted the similarity between Biden's actions and the Green New Deal.
It’s almost as if we helped shape the platform 😉 https://t.co/zXn3VcAbYw— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1611770798.0
She also took credit for a "Civilian Climate Corps," an apprenticeship program for young people to train them for jobs in the climate energy industry.
In July 2019, the chief of staff for Ocasio-Cortez at the time admitted that the real intent of the Green New Deal was not to battle climate change, but to change the entire economy.
"Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?" Saikat Chakrabarti asked. "Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing."
The Biden's executive orders are expected to cost about $2 trillion, while some estimates placed the cost of the Green New Deal from Ocasio-Cortez at close to $100 trillion. The socialist democrat fumed at this estimate and said that it would only cost about $10 trillion, which is more than twice the size of the current federal budget.
Here's more about Biden's climate orders:
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