Massachusetts Deserves Hearings on Green New Deal [OPINION]
The Green New Deal is the most important policy decision by liberal Democrats since President Lyndon Johnson sent the Marines into Vietnam.
Massachusetts Democrats have fully embraced the Green New Deal as the future of their political party on economic and energy policy issues. Sen. Edward Markey is one of the architects of the plan, and he presented it to the world along with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill last week. Standing with Markey and AOC was newly-elected Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston and House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern of Worcester.
Congressman William Keating, who represents Cape Cod and the SouthCoast, has signed on to the green revolution. Our two most famous members of Congress, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are fully committed to the goals and objectives put forward by AOC and Sen. Markey.
The people of Massachusetts deserve a series of local hearings on this massive change to our way of life and our ways of earning a living. This is a government mobilization to save the planet, according to the supporters of the Congressional resolution. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest person to ever serve in Congress, has declared this fight her "generation's World War II."
So how will this work for those of us in Massachusetts?
One of the goals of the Green New Deal is to abolish the use of fossil fuels within 10 years. How will we heat our homes without natural gas and home heating oil? I assume wood burning stoves will be outlawed too, but even if they aren't, the trees will be gone in a short period of time, rendering them useless as a source of warmth.
What will happen to the people who work in the airline industry in Massachusetts? There are airports in Boston, Worcester, Hyannis, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Provincetown, and New Bedford that provide jobs to thousands of people. Since one of the goals of the plan endorsed by the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation is to abolish the use of airplanes, all of these people will be unemployed.
Cape Air, based out of Massachusetts, is one of the largest small plane airlines in the country. They have grown from a tiny operation into a company that has regional flight routes in various U.S. states and in Guam and Saipan. This is a great little company that is also "employee owned," which means when the Green New Deal hits Massachusetts, these employees will lose their jobs and the wealth they accumulated as owners of the outlawed industry.
We need to have a discussion and get some answers for how our lives will be changed and how we survive in Massachusetts.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.