(UnitedVoice.com) – A potential vice-presidential running mate for Joe Biden is scheming a way to make the Green New Deal a reality while also courting coal mine workers.
The idea is to move America away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. It sounds great, except that current technology still isn’t there yet, and coal is vital to America’s energy needs.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wants to give untold sums of money to coal communities that will struggle as a result of new jobs that could replace coal for cleaner energy.
Kind of a mixed bag here, but one big takeaway from this new Marshall Plan for Coal Country Act from Duckworth is that you need at least a baseline of social democracy to transition off fossil fuels: pic.twitter.com/bgmxcWPxvE
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) July 23, 2020
Duckworth calls her proposal a “Marshall Plan” for coal country. The Marshall Plan was a four-year plan to reconstruct cities, industries, and infrastructure in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Its goal was to remove trade barriers among European countries, as well as create commerce between the continent and the United States.
The senator has also introduced far-left legislation that includes tuition-free college for coal miners, a $15 minimum wage, and modifications to bankruptcy laws, requiring coal mining companies to provide health care and pensions.
The Congressional Budget Office has not provided a cost estimate of her programs. However, taxpayers can be assured that what’s spent is considerably more than what will be received. In this regard, Duckworth’s plan falls far short and shares little comparison to the Marshall Plan.
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