March 7, 2019
Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) and other House Democrats called an amendment to the Green New Deal from Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.) “not serious,” during a Wednesday House Financial Services Committee meeting that addressed a portion of the bill proposing a provision requiring energy-efficient housing.
Duffy’s amendment criticized the bill for requiring that all American housing units “retroactively upgrade” to renewable energies such as wind turbines or solar power. Duffy noted that such upgrades would not be feasible in his home state of Wisconsin.
“You can’t have, especially where I live, zero-emission renewable energy in Wausau, Wis. It doesn’t happen,” he said. “We just had a polar vortex: We don’t have enough wind for windmills to heat our homes or drive our cars. We don’t have solar panels that are going to heat our homes in the winter. It thoroughly doesn’t exist.”
Duffy said that this portion the Green New Deal was “catastrophic for American housing,” and requested that his amendment to it be debated. Waters refused Duffy’s request upon learning that he did not plan to vote in favor of the amendment, saying that it wasn’t “serious.”
This article was posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:40 am