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“For many people who live in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide. That may be an overstatement, but not by a whole lot.” –Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
He seems reasonable!
Anyway, thank Daewg that Axios decided to fact-check ol’ Rob to find out if this was more hysteria and hyperbole, or perhaps there is some Final Solution overtones! (Strange emboldening and idiosyncratic bullet use is all theirs)
Reality check: The Green New Deal is not at all related to genocide, which is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” Instead, it’s a sweeping progressive goal, supported by prominent freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and many Democrats, of reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with other policies, like a federal jobs guarantee and universal healthcare.
Phew! I was afraid I didn’t know what genocide meant!
The intrigue: I caught up with Bishop after the press conference to ask him to elaborate on his comments. Here’s our exchange.
- Axios: Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” How is the Green New Deal like genocide?
- Bishop: I’m an ethnic. I’m a westerner.
- Axios: And you think the Green New Deal is going to kill you?
- Bishop: If you actually implement everything they want to. Killing would be positive if you implement everything the Green New Deal actually wants to. That’s why the the Green New Deal is not ready for prime time.
Bottom line: Genocide has nothing to do with this debate, so invoking the term could further inflame the already deep partisan divide over climate change.
“I’m an ethnic.”
You really cannot get much of anything past
Jimmy Olsen , er, Axios! Thanks guys for this breathless reporting!
And in case you think I’m making up this whole genocide nuttiness, here is the Pride of Utah, Rob Bishop hisself, telling us that the hamberder is an endangered species:
Bishop says he’ll eat his hamburger before it’s endangered under Green New Deal pic.twitter.com/1X97lFRtFp
— Anthony Adragna (@AnthonyAdragna) February 27, 2019
And then he proceeds to talk before a mic with his mouth full of it.
“If this goes through, this will be outlawed. I can no longer eat this kind of thing. So before they take it away from me, before it’s illegal and an endangered species, I’m actually going to enjoy this a whole lot more than I would the Green New Deal.”