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The Green New Deal and Beyond, Carbon Dioxide Restrictions are about Government Control of the Economy (Guest: Kevin Dayaratna)

May 30, 2019

The wide ranging Green New Deal, and less intrusive but still costly restrictions on fossil fuel use, are not intended to protect the environment but rather are efforts by the federal government to exert more control over the economy and how people live.

Energy is the foundation of modern society, says the Heritage Foundation's Senior Statistician, Dr. Kevin Dayaratna. Fossil fuels are critical to freedom and continued economic progress. The wide ranging Green New Deal, and less intrusive but still costly restrictions on fossil fuel use, like carbon dioxide taxes and cap-and-trade proposals, will have a negligible effect on the climate and they are not really about protecting the environment. These proposals are about federal government attempting to exert more control over the economy and how people live, by controlling their energy use.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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Kevin D. Dayaratna is Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis (CDA) and a Policy Advisor with the Heartland Institute.