UPDATED 7:24 AM PT — Thursday, April 4, 2019
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz recently unveiled his ‘Green Real Deal,’ outlining a set of pragmatic environmental policies.
In a statement Wednesday, Gaetz introduced a free market-based plan to counter the ‘Green New Deal’ proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Gaetz urged deregulation of the energy sector as well as federal lands to enable research and development of renewable energy in the U.S. He also called for a modernization of the nation’s electric grid, and proposed market-sustainable incentives for solar energy.
Gaetz stressed his plan would actually generate revenue as opposed to the costly ‘Green New Deal.’
“Those Democrats who would use climate change as a basis to regulate out of existence the American experience will face the harsh reality that their ideas will fail,” stated the Florida congressman. “The question for America is pretty simple: either we want a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington telling us what we can’t do or we empower American innovators to unlock things that we can do.”
Gaetz said he doesn’t think the EPA has done a good job of protecting the environment, which is why he is calling on Republicans to lead the charge.
“@AOC‘s #GreenNewDeal embraces regulation as the organizing principle to deal with climate change. I disagree. I think we need to unlock potential in America’s innovators” @RepMattGaetz says of his #GreenRealDeal @weartv #C2C pic.twitter.com/HZbWLppGua
— C2C Sinclair (@SBGC2C) April 3, 2019