A 2020 Democrat contender was saved by a commercial break after being pressed on the problems in the Green New Deal on ABC’s “The View.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who is making climate change the foundation of his 2020 presidential campaign, was asked about the issue during his appearance on “The View” Monday, answering general questions from the co-hosts until Meghan McCain began to grill him on details.
After co-hosts Joy Behar and Abby Huntsman tossed their softball questions at the Democrat, McCain pressed him on the cost and implications of the controversial proposal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez which has been endorsed by all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“It would cost $93 trillion or to every person in this room, $600,000 for each of your households. Do you think that plan is practical or have you endorsed it or do you have another option? Because when I hear that an average American is going to have to spend $600,000 for a new Green Deal, you can understand how people like me don’t think that’s logical,” McCain asked the governor.
“Well, this is a lot like the death panels,” Inslee replied. “You heard about ObamaCare, Republicans talked about death panels. we don’t have death panels and we don’t have a $600,000 cost.”
He offered no other details, claiming the figures McCain presented were made up despite the fact that she cited a study co-authored by the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office which reported the staggering numbers.
“Can you give an example to the average person in here how they can help where it doesn’t sound so irrational,” McCain pressed, attempting to get the answer from Inslee. “We’re talking about $51 trillion, the elimination of planes, the elimination of cows, a railway, no planes. I guess nobody can go to Hawaii anymore. It doesn’t sound that rational to me.”
Inslee deflected, blaming President Donald Trump and, again, refuting the figures while suggesting critics are “narrow-minded.”
“It doesn’t sound rational because those are the things Donald Trump said. We are not going to eliminate cars. We are not going to eliminate trains,” he said.
McCain pushed back, citing examples of the hypocrisy of Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez who expect average Americans to fund the radical changes while not applying the same standards to themselves.
“They just talk the talk and then they want the average American to spend $600,000 in their household and none of this adds up to me,” she argued, as her co-host jumped in to defend their guest.
“He just said that wasn’t really true!” Behar interjected.
“But that’s what’s proposed on the new Green Deal,” McCain fired back.
“Actually, that is not what’s proposed. Let’s get this straight. That is not proposed in the New Green Deal,” Inslee chimed in to applause. “I want to be real straight about that.”
But he was unable to elaborate, if he was finally going to do so, as Behar announced they had to cut away for a commercial break.
Another presidential contender and climate change advocate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, declared on “The View” last week that the “future of the entire planet is at stake” and that the Green New Deal does not “go too far.”
“No. You cannot go too far on the issue of climate change. The future of the planet is at stake, OK?” the Vermont senator said. “Now, given that reality, it seems to me the job we have to do is to immediately grasp the magnitude of the problem and transform our energy system to save the planet.”
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