In for a penny, in for a pound


I’ve been following with interest a proposal by the freshman (sorry, freshwoman, wouldn’t want to misgender) representative from the Bronx (by way of Westchester), N.Y., called the Green New Deal.

Since the federal government, by way of the new crop of congresscritters showing up, has gone millennial, the plans and ideas being put forth reflect the half-informed knee-jerk liberalism that is taking over the country.

This plan is the latest, bestest most awesomest attempt on the part of the government to legislate the weather, and in doing so, completely and utterly change the face of the country.

Instead of chipping away at an emissions regulation here, and investing in a renewable energy idea there, we’re just gonna gut it, flip it, and make it happen.

The added cherry on top is a doozy. We’ll get to that in a minute.

But first, let’s look at some of the proposals this proposal contains. Two of them, by themselves, will decimate the economy of Madison County: a move to 100 percent renewable energy and getting rid of those dirty, rotten, stinky fossil fuels; and removing the animal most cited as the root cause of global warming: cows.

Right now, the country’s electricity needs pretty much relies on fossil fuels — coal, oil, natural gas. While there has been attempts to make solar energy and wind power viable alternatives, the cost has been prohibitive, and it is more expensive to produce power, not to mention the power and resources necessary to create wind turbines and solar panels.

It’s been said that in order to just provide the same amount of power that is consumed in the country each year, it would take a wind turbine farm the size of California, and it’s never worked right. But not only are we going to get rid of generator plants that use fossil fuels, but we’re going to get rid of all vehicles that use internal combustion. You know, planes, trains, automobiles.

Yeah, we’ll have a network of electric trains, not unlike the proposed Dallas-Houston high-speed rail, covering the country. So bye bye all oil royalties.

Then, we’ll be told to change our diets, because cows fart so much that they contribute, according to, more than 14 percent of all global gas emissions. No more ranching, haying, etc., because beef is off the menu.

There’s pieces about improving unionization, education, trade deals and even getting permission from indigenous peoples for any policy we create that would affect them.

But the doozy, the cherry on top of things, is guaranteed wages, leave, vacation and retirement for everyone. Awesome, huh?

While many on the liberal side feel this is exactly what we need to save the planet, and many on the conservative side feel this is the latest in crackpot ideas, only a few of us are concerned about costs, as in how and who will pay for all this largesse.

I’m more concerned with the fact that someone in Washington wants to tell me what I can do, what I can eat, what I can drive, where I can work — essentially manage my life for me.

The prospect of losing liberty and becoming a pawn of the state is more frightening than cow flatulence, and the implications should give you chills. Remember, what a government can give you, it can — and will — take back.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.