Quite simply, in a nutshell, the Green New Deal that Ocasio-Cortez is trying to ram down America’s throat is just not cost effective. You are probably thinking to yourself, if you are a supporter of the bill, put your money where your mouth is. Okay, allow me to do just that.
In an opinion article written by Stuart Varney, and published on the FoxBusiness site, he laid it out so simply that anyone can follow it. In New York City, they are currently replacing the light bulbs in 23 different housing projects, overseen by the city.
The process will facilitate a switch from the older incandescent type bulbs over to the reportedly energy and money saving LED. Now, I know, why use light bulbs to make your point? As the most effective way to show how something as small as changing light bulbs could lead us down a very slippery slope.
Let's take a little look at what is involved, price wise, in the replacement of lights bulbs in just 23 housing projects. First off, any light bulbs changed must be done so by trained electricians, that are also unionized. They each will make a base pay of $81 along with benefits to the tune of $54.
That totals to a cost of $1,973 for EACH apartment, and a whopping price of $33.2 million for the project overall. Wondering where these figures come from? The Wall Street Journal tallied up the number and reported them.
The Green New Deal, if passed as Ocasio-Cortez has it lined out, will bankrupt America, because there is no way in the world New York would be able to tote the entire cost by themselves. If the cost to replace light bulbs in 23 housing projects in New York City alone comes to just under $2,000, imagine the cost on a massive statewide scale—beyond astronomical!!
And the prices can't be cut, because there is a provision in the bill that demands that "high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages," will be the only legal laborers to be hired to perform the jobs.
This factor alone should make American's wake up and take notice. With the additional attacks on gas drilling, or even the bringing in of gas from out of state, one can see where this is going—rising energy prices for the residents of a state that is barely able to pay the current costs they are charged.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is Ocasio-Cortez, with her introduction of the Green New Deal, actually looking out for her constituents?