By , Editorial Board
Published March 28, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the measure up for a vote to force Democrats to make a public stand on it -- and they punted. Original co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) joined 42 other Dems, including all six of the Senate’s 2020 contenders, in voting “present.” Six Democrats and all Republicans voted “nay.”
Supposed supporters of the Green New Deal complained that having a vote on the bill was a “stunt” -- but then what’s the point of writing it in the first place?
The real problem is that the GND’s “ideals” are actually disasters. Set aside all the blather about creating new jobs and vastly boosting social justice: At its core is the drive to end all US greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 -- which means shutting down much of the economy.