By: Mark Glennon*
The Green New Deal may be mocked nationally for its goal of entirely eliminating fossil fuels, but supporters are dead serious about legislating it for Illinois. Now they are copying a national tactic for support — child exploitation.
The Clean Jobs Coalition is a leading group supporting what’s called the Clean Energy Jobs Act for Illinois. We’ve written about the act before. It would require 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2030 and 100% renewable everything across the state by 2050. Importantly, that means the 2050 goal precludes even nuclear energy, which currently accounts for about half of Illinois’ electricity production.
Yes, tear out your natural gas oven and furnace, junk your gasoline-powered car and lawnmower and prepare to pay obscene energy bills. The president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association wrote in the Sun-Times that supporters aren’t just ignoring the fact that electricity rates are guaranteed to increase if the bill becomes law, “but they are actively saying the opposite.”
Utility costs, however, are just the start. The Green New Deal, initially championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been ridiculed widely even by some environmentalists for its astronomical cost, which would certainly be in the trillions, if it’s achievable at all. One estimate puts the national cost at $93 trillion.
But don’t expect to find any cost estimate for Illinois’ version. We’ve searched and asked bill sponsors for cost estimates and get nothing. They simply don’t care. If it’s green, cost doesn’t matter.
Supporters have now unleashed real brainpower to make their case: teenagers. Common on social media are messages like the one on the right from the Clean Jobs Coalition with a picture of kids marching in Springfield.
The coalition and other groups helped push messages like the one on the left for the teen protest and “die-in” that blocked traffic in downtown Chicago on Monday.
We’ll be looking forward to their fiscal impact analysis.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act is heavily supported by solar and wind equipment manufacturers and others in the renewables industry, which is a juggernaut of financial and political power. They know who to exploit.
There’s a new word for this — pedophastry. It’s not in the regular dictionaries yet but here’s how the Urban Dictionary defines it:
Pedophastry: Argument involving children to prop up a rationalization and make the opponent look like an asshole, as people are defenseless and suspend all skepticism in front of suffering children: Nobody has the heart to question the authenticity or source of the reporting. Often done with the aid of pictures.
*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.