Much has been written about the costs and feasibility of many of the proposals in the Green New Deal from organizations such as the American Action Forum, American Enterprise Institute, and Wood Mackenzie. In particular, the resolution’s call to meet “100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” has attracted much of the attention. Though the resolution does not call specifically for the U.S. to transition to 100 percent wind and solar electricity generation, the wording of the resolution and the messaging used by the movement supporting it appears to make that the goal, especially given the geographic limitations of hydro- and geothermal power generation.

Key Points

  • Transitioning Texas to 50 percent wind and solar electricity generation by 2030 would cause annual costs to rise by 250 percent compared to 2018 costs. Reach- ing 100 percent wind and solar would increase costs by nearly 10 times.
  • Under the Green New Deal, the average Texas family’s annual electricity bill would rise from about $1,500 today to nearly $14,000 in 2030.
  • The total cost to implement the renewable electricity generation mandates of the Green New Deal in Texas would reach $120 billion per year in 2030—about equivalent to the state of Texas’ entire annual budget today.
  • If the Green New Deal’s renewable mandates were fully implemented by 2030, climate models suggest the reduction in the projected increase in the global average temperature would be less than a tenth of a degree: 0.097° Fahrenheit by 2050.