CEI Warns Lawmakers that a ‘Green New Deal’ Would Risk a Humanitarian Crisis

The Washington Examiner cited CEI’s latest report, Free to Prosper: A Pro-Growth Agenda for the 116th Congress and Director of the Center for Energy and Environment, Myron Ebell:

A prominent libertarian think tank is warning Congress that a real humanitarian crisis, in the U.S. and abroad, would follow if lawmakers move forward with proposals like the progressive-backed “Green New Deal” that would restrict access to fossil fuels and thus raise the cost of living.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute on Tuesday released its wish list of recommendations for the new 116th Congress, calling on the leadership in the House and Senate to apply a “do no harm” principle before moving forward with climate legislation.

“Policy makers heeding the time-honored healer’s maxim, ‘First, do no harm,’ should reject policies to tax and regulate away mankind’s access to affordable energy,” the group said in its message to Capitol Hill.

The group challenges the renewable energy mandate of the Green New Deal, which is being pushed in the House by left-leaning freshmen such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

“It is fair to say that everything CEI recommends on energy and climate policies is the opposite of what is being proposed for the ‘Green New Deal,'” Myron Ebell, director of the group’s Center for Energy and Environment and Trump’s former EPA transition chief, told the Washington Examiner.

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