Much to embrace in Green New Deal

Much to embrace in Green New Deal

Was I the only reader who had difficulty following publisher Tom Ward’s “Will we really sacrifice to save the planet?” opinion piece last week?

His attempted take down of the Democratic Green New Deal, which would cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, started with his typically gratuitous attack/digression regarding a woman’s right to control her body, and went off the ledge from there.

And while the pro forma litany of Republican-perceived threats to their way of life was mildly entertaining, it bore no resemblance to the actualities contained in early drafts of the Green New Deal. For such a rational discussion your readers might want to consider going to the online article entitled “The Green New Deal and Why It’s Happening Now - How It Boosts the Economy,” in the balance’s Feb. 14 edition (

Therein they would discover many of he positive elements flowing from the passage of this forward-looking legislation. There are numerous reasons to favor this thoughtful approach to a serious, earth-threatening problem, but I’d probably focus on the Green New Deal’s potential creation of “10 million new private and public sector jobs.”

For the truly cynical, such as publisher Ward, simply opining that the world must either surrender its snow throwers and NASCAR or “go out like Thelma and Louise” is intellectually dishonest, and more than a bit lazy.

Unfortunately, it is an accurate recitation of most self-described conservative’s false choices neatly serving their perennial carbon-generating and energy-squandering agenda.

Fortunately for future generations, and as clearly indicated by the recent 2018 election cycle, many Americans believe there is more value in seriously considering proposals of a sustainable and progressive variety, such as the Green New Deal.

Michael Russo