On his show, “The Sean Hannity Show,” on Thursday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Sean Hannity said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) proposed Green New Deal will “destroy America … as we know it.”
“[U]nderstand what this is,” Sean Hannity told listeners. “Green energy deal, it will – and I’m going to explain it to you, why – it will destroy America, and America’s economy, as we know it. And there is– literally will turn back the clock on all of the progress that we have made, all the technological advancement that has bettered our lives, to the days where 90 percent of this country were living on family farms. That’s, that’s how far back we’re going to go.”
Sean Hannity’s comments came after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced their Green New Deal, a comprehensive resolution which seeks to mitigate climate change by addressing many facets of American life, including transportation, infrastructure, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, jobs, food, housing and health care.
Below is a transcript of Sean Hannity’s remarks from his show on Thursday:
“So, we have the big rollout today of what is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ bill, and the nuts and bolts of the new green deal bill. Let me just put it this way, we’re just going to go back into, you know, a whole other century. You know, ‘It’s like the Great Leap Forward dressed up in green camouflage,’ somebody said to me today. And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, that was clever.’
“But, understand what this is. Green energy deal, it will – and I’m going to explain it to you, why – it will destroy America, and America’s economy, as we know it. And there is— literally will turn back the clock on all of the progress that we have made, all the technological advancement that has bettered our lives, to the days where 90 percent of this country were living on family farms. That’s, that’s how far back we’re going to go.
“And you have O-scario, because she’s trying to scare us – ‘In 12 years the world is going to end’ – actually wants to eliminate air travel. Airplanes are major polluters. You know, say goodbye to the Twenty-First Century. Get ready to live, you know, like centuries gone by.
“And so, this legislation is rolled out today. Let me just go over some of this with you. And it is – when you get to the nuts and bolts, they want a resolution called the Green New Deal, a plan to mobilize every aspect of American society, they claim at a scale not seen since World War II. They want a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years. They claim, like all good socialists and communists gone by, they claim it’s going to provide everything, just like Obamacare made promises that never, ever, ever came to fruition.
“You know, we’re told that we’re going to have the best schools once we tax you into oblivion. We spend more money per capita, per child, per school, with the worst results. Government-run schools are horrible. It’s why most people, you’re stuck paying for them, and if you’re lucky enough to make a little extra money that you could send your kid to a private school, people almost, you know, almost overwhelmingly choose to do it. Doesn’t mean there aren’t some good public school systems. There are. But there are many that are, are just atrocious, like New York City. I mean, even people accused of abuse. They get paid, but they don’t even work. And they keep them on the sidelines when they should be prosecuted.
“So, in 10 years, all renewable, clean and renewable, energy only – we will be off of all fossil fuels in 10 years. What is so infuriating about it is the timing of this, because since Donald Trump became president, since he ended all the burdensome regulation on the energy industry, since he approved of the Keystone and North Dakota pipelines and has rightly opened up ANWR for drilling, we have now become the number one energy producer in the entire world, surpassing even Saudi Arabia and Russia. Well, that’s great because it creates millions of high-paying career jobs for Americans. Also, it’s great for our national security. We’re not dependent on countries that hate our guts for the lifeblood of our economy.
“Then they make all sorts of promises – Ocasio-Cortez and, and Ed Markey. And they’re calling it – they’re going to build off FDR’s Second Bill of Rights by guaranteeing a job for every American at a family-sustaining wage. They’re going to offer medical leave, vacations and retirement security. They are going to now take, even though our current school system is failing, they’re not going to improve it. They’re going to have high-quality education, including all higher education and trade schools. Now the government’s going to pay for that. Clean air and water and access to nature. I think when we walk outside, we’re accessing nature. What are we going to do, knock down buildings in New York and put up more parks? We’re going to have ‘healthy food.’ You know, God help us. I don’t know what that means.”