Sen. John Barrasso: Instead Of Green New Deal, Invest In Carbon Capture And Nuclear Power

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Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso joins Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" to discuss why he supports President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall on the Southern border and his thoughts on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.

About Cortez and the Green New Deal, Sen. Barrasso said that some of his Democratic colleagues "are very concerned with the position the party has taken and some of the presidential candidates have taken."

"Right now, in terms of emissions, global emissions, the U.S. puts forth only 13% of those. China and India, 33%. So you can't power the country on wind turbines and solar panels alone, that's only 8% of our energy. We just can not allow ourselves to follow this chicken little, 'sky is falling,' approach of the socialist Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and these Democratic presidential candidates," he argued.





"Sure we need more renewable energy," he continued. "But we need carbon capture, sequestration, utilizing the carbon, making it a valuable product. We've had a piece of legislation called the Future Act signed into law, we had a hearing on another one last week all related to carbon capture. And the other is nuclear power. New age nuclear power where the reactors are smaller, better, safer, that is all part of it."

Partial transcript:

MARIA BARTIROMO: How is this [border security debate] going to play out, given the worries over $22 trillion in debt the country is facing right now? You've got the debt ceiling debate coming up also.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO: Well, the Democrats are going to continue to block anything the president wants to accomplish, and the president is doing wonderful things for the country in terms of economy, regulatory reform, tax relief, two judges on the Supreme Court. I'm really proud of the record that President Trump has, but the Democrats continue to take this hard left turn, kind of over the cliff. The Green New Deal is a part of it, but also with border security is a big issue.

BARTIROMO: Border security wasn't always a big issue for them, they all say that they are for border security, and they want more technology and manpower, they just don't like the idea of a wall.

BARRASSO: They were good for the first 700 miles, and then Nancy Pelosi calls the 701st mile "immoral."

BARTIROMO: Let me ask you about the broader set of issues here. We've got this SXSW conference going on and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is defending her position on the Green New Deal, basically saying what's such a big deal about going from 10% better than garbage. She actually called U.S. policies right now "garbage." How do you react to that?

BARRASSO: It is a crazy new deal, it is a bad deal. I took a look at what they proposed, what she has introduced and 11 members of the Senate have. What's the cost? What are the consequences? And will it work?

The cost is staggering, astronomical, $93 trillion. That would empty everyone's bank accounts, from Warren Buffett all the way on down. The country can not afford it.

Individually, the consequences are everyone is going to lose their job, it is going to be $65,000 per family per year, plus higher energy costs, higher heating costs, they want to get rid of airplanes. Anybody that works in the airline industry, they're going to be out of work. The energy industry, out of work. And what about the Air Force? You get rid of airplanes, Vladimir Putin is not going to get rid of his Air Force just because we get rid of ours.

And the question of will it work, it will not work...

Right now, in terms of emissions, global emissions, the U.S. puts forth only 13% of those. China and India, 33%. So you can't power the country on wind turbines and solar panels alone, that's only 8% of our energy. We just can not allow ourselves to follow this chicken little, "sky is falling," approach of the socialist Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and these Democratic presidential candidates. We can not follow them over the cliff. it is going to hurt jobs, hurt peoples' ability to pay their mortgage, hurt our nation in terms of national security...

Sure we need more renewable energy, but we need carbon capture, sequestration, utilizing the carbon, making it a valuable product. We've had a piece of legislation called the Future Act signed into law, we had a hearing on another one last week all related to carbon capture.

And the other is nuclear power. New age nuclear power where the reactors are smaller, better, safer, that is all part of it.

BARTIROMO: I'm glad you mentioned all of this, because you worked with your Democratic colleagues on this. You recognize climate change as an issue. Do you think [Ocasio-Cortez] just doesn't understand the issues? How is it possible that the party seems to be being led by her and her ideas? The whole conversation we are having is based on her ideas. What do your colleagues on the left say about this?

BARRASSO: Some are very concerned with the position the party has taken and some of the presidential candidates have taken. Nancy Pelosi is unnerved by this new group of Democrats in the House who are trying to take the entire party, and are succeeding at taking the entire party on this sharp left hand turn, that, as the New York Times said today, careening off a cliff, that's wher they're headed.

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