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The Green Party's "Green New Deal:" Obama's Hidden Dream (Part I)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 5, 2012

“As our nation’s first Green president, my mandate won’t be just to ‘create new jobs.’ My mandate, if elected, will be to end mass unemployment … through a Green New Deal … which will create 25 million jobs through direct public works programs and support for cooperatives and community businesses.”

– Jill Stein, USA Today, October 4, 2012.

Last week, the energy view of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was reviewed at MasterResource. The wish was that the Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan would take to heart the fundamental free-market approach of Johnson for the benefit of consumers, taxpayers, and the general economy.

Then there is the Green Party, whose government planning approach to energy and the environment lurks in the hearts and minds of Obama science advisor John Holdren and no doubt others deep inside the Administration.

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein will be a candidate in 40 states, or about 85 percent of the national ballots this election day. She is polling well behind the Libertarian–a good sign in these troubled times.

Stein identifies the Green New Deal as the “the centerpiece of my campaign.” She explains:

The Green New Deal will prioritize jobs in the green economy as well as jobs that meet our social needs. In other words, the program is intended to help communities become sustainable, ecologically, socially and economically. The money would be distributed proportionate to unemployment rates. It would be provided to those communities who have need, in proportion to that need.

The Platform outlines the “green” destination:

A series of challenging yet feasible targets should be set, with the ultimate goal – complete freedom from fossil fuel dependency – to be achieved by 2050. The federal government should take the lead by setting targets for federal facilities. Achievement of annual targets should be cause for public celebration. 

The key “Requirements for Energy Transition” are: 

Investment: Enormous amounts of investment capital will be needed to accomplish the energy transition, much more than the promise of $150 billion for renewable energy over ten years, and must now come from government.

Coordination: The energy transition will be complex and comprehensive, and its various strategies will be mutually impacting. For example, efforts to redirect transport away from highways and toward rail service will need to be coordinated with manufacturers, farmers, retailers, and employers. An independent federal Energy Transition Office should track and manage the transition.

Education: Community colleges should prepare workers for new job opportunities, e.g., sustainable food production, renewable energy installation, grid rebuilding, rail expansion, public transport construction, and home energy retrofitting. Grade school curriculum should include gardening programs in all schools and increased emphasis on energy conservation.

The “collective struggle” will require a broad buy-in and “willing sacrifice” from all segments of society. The Platform states:

Our leaders must instill in the nation a sense of collective struggle and of a long journey toward a clear goal. The success of a project of this scope will require public buy-in at every stage and level, including the use of language and images to continually underscore what is at stake, to foster a spirit of cooperation and willing sacrifice.

Business leaders, advertising agencies and even Hollywood must be enlisted, a quid pro quo for government bail out of banks and corporations. Grassroots initiatives, such as the Transition Towns movement, could lead the way toward voluntary community efforts. A sophisticated, interactive, web-based program would inspire action and provide resources. Ratepayers should get full disclosure of the specific electric generating facilities used to produce their electricity.

If the above sounds like a green road to serfdom, it is. Part II will examine the Orwellian Freedom of the energy and climate planks of the Green Party Platform. No matter which major political party controls the three branches of government, the GREEN DREAM and will remain an agenda for some and nightmare for the rest of us.


  1. Edward.  

    The Greens, Obama and the ‘green agenda’ never went away!

    This green initiative [call it what you will] is the Waxman/Markey bill via the back door. All throughout his presidency the EPA has been slowly and silently preparing the ground for some sort of patchwork legislation to limit CO2 emissions in manufacturing and industry, it was the EPA who declared CO2 to be ‘toxic’.
    All of this guided by the hand of Obama, crafty advocate of the UN agenda 21 WORLD wealth redistribution design and schemer that he is, will pursue the green agenda via ‘the Chicago way’ – incentives, bribes and strong-arm tactics.

    Romney, has to win for the US and us all – here in the West.


  2. Ken Langford  

    The Green New Deal – Obama’s second term – Read “Atlas Shrugged” to see the outcome of that plan. Failed industries, transportation and agriculture; government corruption everywhere. This is more a picture of Obama’s 2016 than what was presented in Dinesh’s movie. I’m praying for a Romney/Ryan presidency in 2012.


  3. Ray  

    The greens are called watermellons for a reason. They still believe the socialist fantasy. They really believe thay know how to create heaven on earth.


  4. dan wiswell  

    No person elected to office every has a mandate. They are elected to govern not rule. Please remember that this country isa Republic as are each State, see Art III Sec4 of US Constitution.

    When any politician uses the words legacy or mandate it is time to retire them or not elect them. They have put their personal ambition above the welfare of the public. If allowed they turn into ‘mini-Hitlers’ looking to expand their fiefdom and their hold over the serfs (public).


  5. Luke Kornbluh  

    The politics of this may be ridiculous, but sustainability is not. I’m not sure why being on the right politically means you enjoy burning fossil fuels? It’s pretty clear that you wouldn’t like it if I took a crap in your front yard, why is it so hard to see that it’s not really so great to see industry crapping all over ecological sustainability?


    • rbradley  

      Dense, reliable, affordable energy is sustainable. Dilute, intermittent, low-scalability energy like wind and solar are quite the opposite.

      Fossil fuels have internalized their externalities looking at the pollution statistics.

      If you were in a cave and lite a fire for light and warmth, would you accuse yourself of crapping on yourself because of all the smoke? Fossil fuels provide thousands of good things from your clothes to your indoor comforts. As Alex Epstein would argue, there are positive externalities involved, not only private gains.

      P.S. Manure is bad energy, by the way.


  6. Jon Boone  

    I applaud your concern. But not your evident idea of how to deal with it. The dilute energy of renewables like wind and solar requires that any machines that attempt to convert it to modern power be inefficiently entangled with machines fueled by highly dense energy supplies. In short, the more wind, other things being equal, the more need for fossil fuels. Such a combination is “sustainable” only in the most Orwellian sense of that word.

    Beyond this, even if “green machines” worked as claimed, their “footprint” would terrorize real world notions of “ecological sustainability.” Their size and scope creates such a tsunami of cognitive dissonance that those concerned about protecting sensitive ecosystems cannot reconcile that idea with filling up those ecosystems with the concrete, dynamite, steel, megatons of alloyed metals, and, not least, rare earths that constitute Frankenewals.


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