The Hard Part Of The Green New Deal Isn’t Paying For It

That’s the easy part. Much of the criticism of the Green New Deal (GND) has involved bleating about how will pay for it, often using ridiculous estimates. Well, we’ll pay for it the same way we pay for all of the other things we really want (which aren’t necessarily the same as the things we say we want): we will raise some taxes and issue some Treasuries. That seems to work for stupid wars and tax cuts for the rich anyway (see the aforementioned things we really want).

The hard part(s) of the GND, if we really want to make a dent in global warming will be the following:

  1. Higher density housing.
  2. More mass transit, especially near high density housing.
  3. Fewer overall vehicle miles traveled (VMT), regardless if the vehicle has a gasoline or electric power source.
  4. Less animal protein in our diets.

Considering we can’t even do #1 – #3 in many cities, it’s not clear how we’re going to expand that. Add to the above, what will we do about all of the places that simply can’t be made more dense, enable fewer VMT, and so on? Which is to say, much of U.S. suburbia. To make things even more difficult, with all of these changes (including and especially diet), how will they be distributed? If Mademoiselle Market is to be believed, we are already allocating high density housing and mass transit access poorly in the U.S. How do we embiggen this the right and just way?

Will HAMBERDERS! be the sole province of the wealthy? I can’t see that going over well. I kid (sort of), but market mechanisms will have to be reconsidered for things we typically leave to the market.

Compared to these issues, the funding is the easy part.

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1 Response to The Hard Part Of The Green New Deal Isn’t Paying For It

  1. Marion Capriotti says:

    Is there really NO way to communicate to the average USAsian that there is a balance area between “ERMEGERD, libruls gonna steal your SUVs, Gubmint gonna kidnap you outta your McMansion and imprison you in a two-bedroom apartment in a Godless Urban place where Teh Gays and wimmen who wear PussyHats and vote for Democrats are the majority!!!” and “Maybe it would be good to help the MANY people who ALREADY WANT public transportation to get it, and to improve it so more people might like it?”
    Oy. I am afraid that I just answered my own question.

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