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It’s Not About The Environment

What to Know: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff says the Green New Deal was never about the climate.

As Washington Post magazine reports, “[Chief of Staff Saikat] Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. ‘The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,’ he said, ‘is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.’ Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. ‘Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?’ Chakrabarti continued. ‘Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.’”

The TPPF Take: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s staff has confirmed what we knew all along: that the Green New Deal isn’t really about the environment.

“Its high cost and restrictive regulations could actually make the environment worse by forcing manufacturing jobs overseas to high-polluting countries who don’t share our commitment to environmental quality,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “The Green New Deal boils down to one question: Do you really want the government telling you where to live, what kind of car to drive, and what job to take?”