Union leaders warn Green New Deal may lead to poverty: 'Members are worried about putting food on the table'
Labor unions are warning that the "New New Deal" proposed by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is vague and potentially dangerous, signaling that the progressive proposal may be in for even more turbulence following a rocky rollout last week
While the conservatives have criticized the Green New Deal resolution for promising a job to "all people of the United States "- including those" unwilling to work, "according to a corroborating document published and later disavowed by Ocasio-Cortez's office – pushback from union leaders indicates that the progressive proposal has not won over core element of the liberal base
Speaking to Reuters, the United Mine Workers (UMWA) spokesman for UMWA has described Ocasio-Cortez's goals as lofty and potentially dangerous to rank and file blue collar workers
, union officials took the umbrage at the resolution's call for a "fair and just transition for all communities and workers" in order to "achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions"
"We've heard words like 'just transition'
AOC ADVISER ADMITS HE WAS WRONG, SAYS GREEN NEW DEAL DID INCLUDE JOB GUARANTEE FOR PEOPLE 'UNWILLING TO WORK' before, but what does that really mean? "the spokesman, Phil Smith, said in an interview. "Our members are worried about putting food on the table."
UMWA, which includes approximately 80,000 members, represents not only coal miners and clean coal technicians, but also manufacturing workers, health care workers, and correction officers in both U.S. and Canada.
Added Yvette Pena O'Sullivan, the executive director of the Labor Union's International Union of North America (LIUNA): "We will never settle for 'just transition' language as a solution to job losses that will surely "
LIUNA, a construction union, has about 500,000 members, including 80,000 in Canada, and raised a similar concern in the construction sector of North America's Construction Trades Union (NABTU). .
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Union members working in the oil and gas sector can make a middle-class living, while renewable energy firms have been less generous, "Sean McGarvey, NABTU's president, said last week.
Representatives for UMWA, LIUNA, and NABTU did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Green New Deal (iStock) “/>
Cows have been targeted for potential elimination in Green New Deal (iStock).
Some top Democratic politicians have similarly sought to pump the breaks on the Green New Deal. For example, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, appeared unimpressed when asked about the plan's aspirations to replace planes with a high-speed rail
"That would be pretty hard for Hawaii," she laughed.
"It will be one of several or perhaps many suggestions that we receive," Pelosi told Politico, the green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it's right? "
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The proposal's rollout was overshadowed by confusion and uncertainty last week. an official document posted by Ocasio-Cortez's office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those "unwilling to work" ̵
1; but not before he went into the progressive circles for claiming the exact opposite, repeatedly, in a Friday interview with Fox Ne ws '' Tucker Carlson Tonight. ''
Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett initially denied that a FAQ and background material from Ocasio-Cortez's website stated that Green New Deal will provide "Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work. "An FAQ sent by Ocasio-Cortez's team to NPR also noted," We set a goal to get zero-zero instead of zero emissions, in 10 years because we are not sure that we will be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast. "
Ocasio-Cortez's office removed the documents from her website amid an online backlash. A version of the FAQ that referred to "farting cows" is still available on NPR's website, and a similar version that was posted to Ocasio-Cortez's website is currently viewable on an Internet archiving service. Both versions of the documents describe providing economic security for those "unwilling to work," and state, "This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and timeline" at a "scale not seen since World War II." [19659003Despitetheconfusionastoitsprecisecontentthekey2020DemocraticpresidentialcontendershaveenthusiasticallyembracedtheGreenNewDealSensKamalaHarrisD-CalifElizabethWarrenD-MassAndCoryBookerD-NJ
"Our history is a testimony to the achievement of what some think is impossible – we must take the bold action now," Booker tweeted
The White House, meanwhile, appeared heartened by the co-sponosed legislation.
"I think half of the announced presidential candidates who are Democrats have supported this, though they are not really sure what it is," Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday. "
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Mulvaney added:" The other half – I do not know where the Democrat Party is on, "
The Republican National Committee dubbed the Green New Deal a" Socialist wish list "that would kill at least 1 million jobs and disrupt global trade – while costing trillions.
Eve In addition to the Green New Deal, conservative commentators have argued that most proposed solutions to global warming would do more harm than good, and also have accused climate activists of crying wolf. In 2006, NASA scientist and leading global warming researcher said that the world had only 10 years to avert a climate catastrophe – a deadline that has come and gone.
Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, has suggested the world may be destroyed in 12 years if action is not taken. The White House has described her as irrelevant