Rep. Calvert Statement on the Green New Deal

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the “Green New Deal” by Congressional Democrats:


“Socialism disguised as radical environmentalism is still socialism. As Democrats admit, the Green New Deal seeks a ‘massive transformation’ of America. The proposal would expand the reach, size and cost of our federal government to levels that would leave our Founding Fathers rolling in their graves.


Make no mistake – Democrats are lurching left, pushing policies that used to be limited to the party’s socialist fringe.  The New Green Deal would insert the federal government into virtually every element of our lives.  It would end air travel, force every homeowner to retrofit or tear down their home, and make small businesses plow any revenues into upgrading their stores. It even would kick us out of our cars, unless of course, you could afford an electric vehicle.


The only conceivable way to fund the Democrat’s Green New Deal government-state is through tax increases on all Americans, including the middle-class. Green New Deal supporters acknowledge it will likely require a carbon tax and that even if they took the revenues of every billionaire and business in the country, it would not be sufficient to fund the plan.


Americans are smart enough to see through the false promises detailed in the Green New Deal. Democrats claim that as the federal government expands and taxes increase, the economic security of all Americans will be guaranteed – even for those ‘unwilling to work.’ It’s been said that a government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have. The people of Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea know this truth all too well.


If Speaker Pelosi brings the Green New Deal to the House floor, I will proudly vote against this socialist fever dream.  Too many Americans have fought and died for our liberties to see the promise of America destroyed from within.”