Suozzi (D.): Green New Deal Is ‘Fantasyland’ But Is Helpful ‘To Shock People Out of Their Torpor’

Washington Free Beacon | 3/27/2019 | Paul Crookston
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BY: Paul Crookston

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D., N.Y.) defended the Green New Deal Wednesday but admitted it’s a solution that’s "over the top" and "fantasyland."

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"Now the Green New Deal is a very, very ambitious, over-the-top idea to try and solve this problem, but we really need something to shock people out of their torpor, to say we have to do something different than what we've been doing," he said. "While some of the ideas seem extraordinary, almost fantasyland, we need to have that type of aggressive ambition to really address something that's been ignored for much too long."

The New York Democrat was responding to Sen. Mike Lee’s (R., Utah) statement on the Senate floor that healthy families would lead to innovations to create a sustainable future, which host Kate Bolduan said was a "parody." Suozzi said his approach to climate change is "practical."

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"We have to recognize that there is something dramatic where our Earth cannot respond the way it historically has to the all the human impact that’s happening," he said. "It just can't take it anymore."

"We need Democrats and Republicans to actually work together to solve this problem," he added.

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Supporters of the Green New Deal say climate models indicate we have no more than 12 years to reverse crucial trends, but Suozzi also said they’ve known what...
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