GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz unveiled the "Green Real Deal" in a press conference Wednesday, a conservative response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal." The plan calls for investment in solar and nuclear power and seeks to avoid regulation in favor of encouraging innovation.
"History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change," Gaetz said. "Similarly, those Democrats who would use climate change as a basis to regulate out of existence the American experience will face the harsh reality that their ideas will fail."
"The Green Real Deal is a love letter to the American innovator, and it is a real serious plan to address climate change," Gaetz said. "I didn't come to Congress to argue with a thermometer. And I think that more of my colleagues need to realize that the science of global warming is irrefutable."
REP. MATT GAETZ: History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change. Similarly, those Democrats who would use climate change as a basis to regulate out of existence the American experience will face the harsh reality that their ideas will fail.
Today along with other members of Congress, I'll be filing a Green Real Deal, a common sense rebuttal to the Green New Deal. The Green Real Deal rejects regulation as the driving force of reform, and instead unlocks the unlimited potential of American innovation and ingenuity. The question for America is pretty simple, either we want a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington telling us what we can't do, or we empower American innovators to unlock things that we can do.
Do we really believe that if we outlaw cows, cars, planes, and buildings that the rest of the world will follow? Of course, they won't, they will laugh at us...
Unilaterally disarming the American economy through crushing regulations will empower Washington but few others. Our rise in global leadership on climate must be fueled by American innovators and I have a plan to support them.
The Green Real Deal establishes four platforms for American innovators to utilize, exploit, and deploy for their success...
Look, I'll look for support anywhere I can take it. I was pitching these ideas to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez a few minutes ago, there are some that I think we agree on and some that we don't. Right now we have a Congress that won't even have a serious debate about the way to address climate change because we've got either focus on frivolous other attacks on the president or we've got too many Republicans who deny the science of climate change.