A Tesla In Every Driveway For The Green New Deal Won’t Cut It Or Something

Hey, did you know there’s a big problem with the Green New Deal? No, not that one. Nope, nor that. Uh huh, not that one, either. The uber-lefty Mother Jones sees something else, originally published at the used-to-not-be-deranged-lefty Slate

This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem

There might be no better monument to the limits of American environmentalism in the climate change era than a parking garage in Berkeley, California. It’s got “rooftop solar, electric-vehicle charging stations and dedicated spots for car-share vehicles, rainwater capture and water treatment features”—not to mention 720 parking spots. It cost nearly $40 million to build. At night, it positively glows. And it’s a block from the downtown Berkeley BART station.

That America’s most famous progressive city, one where nearly everything is within walking distance, spent $40 million to renovate a parking garage one block from a subway station suggests that progressive Democrats remain unwilling to seriously confront the crisis of climate change. America’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is transportation. In California, the proportion of CO2 from transportation is even higher: above 40 percent. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín anticipates that the Center Street Parking Garage will out-green all others in the state with a LEED Silver rating, making it a perfect example of our approach to climate change: glibly “greening” the lives we live now, rather than contemplating the future generations who will have to live here too.

I would think that high ranking disciples of the Cult of Climastrology being utter hypocrites would be a big problem, but, that’s not it

But the Green New Deal has a big blind spot: It doesn’t address the places Americans live. And our physical geography—where we sleep, work, shop, worship, and send our kids to play, and how we move between those places—is more foundational to a green, fair future than just about anything else. The proposal encapsulates the liberal delusion on climate change: that technology and spending can spare us the hard work of reform.

America is a nation of sprawl. More Americans live in suburbs than in cities, and the suburbs that we build are not the gridded, neighborly Mayberrys of our imagination. Rather, the places in which we live are generally dispersed, inefficient, and impossible to navigate without a car. Dead-ending cul-de-sacs and the divided highways that connect them are such deeply engrained parts of the American landscape that it’s easy to forget they were, themselves, the fruits of a massive federal investment program.

Can you see where they’re going with this?

Environmentalists know transportation is the elephant in the room. At first blush, the easiest way to attack that problem is to electrify everything, and that’s largely what the Green New Deal calls for, with goals like “100 percent zero emission passenger vehicles by 2030” and “100 percent fossil-free transportation by 2050.” The cars we drive feel more easily changeable than the places we live.

But electric vehicles are nowhere near ready for widespread adoption—and even if they were, “half of the world’s consumption of oil would remain untouched,” Bloomberg reports. A Tesla in every driveway just won’t cut it.

What do they really want to do?

In Alissa Walker’s exhaustive report in Curbed on why electric vehicles won’t save California, she argues that even with breakneck advances in renewable energy and electric cars, the country must still reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled. EVs won’t save the rest of America, either.

But the good news is that if we do account for land use, we will get much closer to a safe, sustainable, and resilient future. And even though widespread adoption of EVs is still decades away, reforms to our built environment can begin right now. In short, we can fix this. We build more than 1 million new homes a year—we just need to put them in the right places.*

A Green New Deal must insist on a new, and better, land use regime, countering decades of federal sprawl subsidy.

There’s lots more, and the author attempts to beat around the bush a bit, but the idea here is to force people to live in big cities, rather than in suburban and rural areas. And the author and other Warmists think that government should force people to do this. To control where people live. How they travel. Where they work.

But don’t say they’re Fascists or anything.

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3 Responses to “A Tesla In Every Driveway For The Green New Deal Won’t Cut It Or Something”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    <blockquote>But the Green New Deal has a big blind spot:



  2. Jl says:

    How good are they at driving across the ocean with airplane service being taken away?

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