Congressman Jeff Van Drew’s (NJ-02) Statement on “Green New Deal”

February 15, 2019
Press Release

February 15, 2019
CONTACT – Mackenzie Lucas 1(202) 225-6572

(Washington, D.C.) – “I believe that climate change is real, is driven mainly by human activity and that it is driving real-world changes such as extreme weather events, hotter temperatures, rising sea levels and ocean acidification. I believe that the United States has a moral and economic imperative to mitigate the impacts of climate change. However, I do not think that H.J. Res. 109, the Green New Deal is the right solution.”

“First, the Green New Deal is simply a resolution, a wish list. It is not a serious policy proposal. It seeks the complete reorganization of American society, which took hundreds of years to build, in a matter of 10 years. The costs of this wish list are unimaginable. Second, it mentions nothing about carbon-free, baseload power such as nuclear energy which is responsible for a substantial amount of our current generation in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Third, the resolution veers wildly off topic and makes grand pronouncements that are not in line with who we are as Americans. The United States of America is the greatest and most powerful nation in the history of the world because we are a compassionate, capitalist country.”

“In the coming months and years as a United States Congressman, I will support pro-growth, pro-jobs energy efficiency and clean energy proposals that reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. We have an opportunity to become a global leader in the clean energy industry, but we have to be smart and strategic about it. We need to protect our environment and make our economy more sustainable so that we can pass on a better world to our grandchildren.”