Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw went on Candace Owens’ podcast to discuss a myriad of topics and among them was New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her laughably unrealistic Green New Deal.
Crenshaw noted that in the military, they have a saying: “Work smarter not harder.” According to Crenshaw, it’s advice that AOC could use when it comes to her proposed legislation to save the planet. He noted that the idea of climate change is actually a pretty accepted idea throughout the populace, but the extent and the cause are certainly up for debate. Specifically, how much man has to do with it.
“We actually all care about the environment, and most people believe in climate change and believe that mankind has something to do with that — how much is scientifically debatable, but there is some effect and we all have an interest in reducing carbon emissions, just having cleaner air, cleaner oceans. It’s something we can get behind,” said Crenshaw. “Young people especially — conservatives and liberals alike really want to hear that message.”
Crenshaw went on to tell Owens that the Green New Deal is really just a delivery system for socialism and, in reality, isn’t a serious solution to environmental healing at all.
“The Green New Deal fundamentally destroys our economy and does a lot of other weird stuff, too,” Crenshaw said. “Basically it’s just a wish list of socialist utopias, as was admitted by [Ocasio-Cortez’s former Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti]. But fundamentally, it is a dogmatic approach to environmentalism, which is solar and wind.”
“Everything has to be solar and wind, there can’t be anything else, including nuclear,” Crenshaw continued. “When you start banning nuclear, that’s how you know they’re not serious about climate change.”
Crenshaw made it clear that Republicans should propose a response of their own and has an idea on how to start.
“Our approach has to be a common-sense approach,” Crenshaw said. “It has to be developing newer, cleaner technology that helps our economy and also helps the world. This is the way that I like to phrase it: we want to focus on 100% of the problem, and you can only focus on 100% of global emissions if you have technology that is exportable, clean, reliable, and cheap.”
Crenshaw made it clear, however, that Democrats just focusing on eliminating 100 percent of American’s emissions will do nothing, as America is only contributing 15 percent of the global emissions. Destroying the economy to eliminate less than a quarter of the earth’s emissions, said Crenshaw, will do nothing.