Warren Says She’s Willing To Ban Construction of New Homes in America
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Warren Says She’s Willing To Ban Construction of New Homes in America

If your home isn’t carbon neutral, Elizabeth
Warren might not let you build it. And if that means no new homes get built,
she’s OK with that. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
on Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator and fading presidential candidate talked about
her Thunberg-lite plan to help end climate change. (Climate crisis? Catastrophe? What are we going with these days?) During her appearance, Warren was asked what
she’d do to “change the tide of U.S. policy on the issue of climate change” and acted
as if she’d been thrown the softball of all softballs. She promised “to do everything a president
can do all by herself, that is, the things you don’t have to do by going to Congress.” This includes putting an end to energy mining
and drilling on federal lands or offshore and “not having a coal lobbyist as head
of the Environmental Protection Agency.” You might not be surprised to learn that’s
a dig at Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s EPA administrator, who was previously
an attorney representing a coal producer. Warren then moved on to her plan for housing,
which she said was borne out of the dire predictions scientists have been making. “What scares me is every time you go back
to the scientists, they tell you two things,” the senator said. “It’s worse than we thought, and we have
less time. “That means we’ve got to be willing to
do things, for example, like regulation. By 2028, no new buildings, no new houses,
without a zero carbon footprint.” And she’s coming for your car and electricity
bill, too. “By 2030, trucks — light-duty trucks and
cars, zero carbon footprint. By 2035, all production of electricity, zero
carbon footprint,” Warren said. “We do three regulations, we can cut our
carbon footprint by 70 percent,” she said. Oh, and there was also talk of some vague
idea of social justice — because schemes like this always need to be undergirded with
some such vague idea. “We also need to make environmental justice
really at the heart of our climate plan,” Warren said. “A central part of the plan for me is I
want to put a trillion dollars into cleaning up the places that collectively we have destroyed
as a nation and bringing them back,” she said. Just out of morbid curiosity, I looked at
the section of Warren’s campaign website dealing with environmental justice and then
rather wished I hadn’t. We didn’t get here by accident. Our crisis of environmental injustice is the
result of decades of discrimination and environmental racism compounding in communities that have
been overlooked for too long,” Warren says on the site. “It is the result of multiple choices that
put corporate profits before people, while our government looked the other way. It is unacceptable, and it must change.” Warren advocates a “just transition” for
all Americans via her flavor of the Green New Deal, which should be interesting when
the economically vulnerable and marginalized individuals she claims to care so much about
see the price of an electric car or a carbon-neutral home. That’s going to be especially true when
you consider that the only reasonably cheap option for green energy is nuclear, and Elizabeth
Warren will be having none of that. “We’re not going to build any nuclear
power plants and we’re going to start weaning ourselves off nuclear energy and replacing
it with renewable fuels,” she said during CNN’s mammoth climate town hall back in
September. I wonder how much of Warren’s bluster on
the environment is naïveté and how much of it is cynicism. On the naïve side, this isn’t affordable
or practical. It would lead to a mass voter revolt once
the bills started coming due. On the other hand, there’s also the element
of cynicism. This has no chance of happening on the timetable
Warren is proposing — certainly not with congressional approval, given that there are
even some Democrats who would blanch at such an obviously self-defeating suite of environmental
laws. However, when you consider how serious of
a candidate Elizabeth Warren is, consider that this is a woman who wants to ban regular
old buildings in favor of carbon-neutral ones, all while solving serious social issues — one
of which presumably is homelessness. Good luck.


  • Don Morton

    Under what federal law would a president Warren (although it's never going to happen) ban construction of homes? Building codes are a combination of state and county regulations and I believe in every state in the union, the county is the governmental agency that actually issues building permits. As Pocahontas slips further behind in the polls, we can only imagine the crazy and unworkable programs she will propose to her victim constituencies.

  • Veronica Covatch

    Coal is the most efficient fuel. Most big electrical plants run on fossil fuels so we would run out of electricity!

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