Opinion| The liberally-backed Green New Deal has been all over the news lately.
Conservative Tribune reports that some “Democratic announced and expected 2020 presidential candidates have begun touting the plan, first publicly unveiled last week by freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
Ocasio-Cortez called it an “example to the world.”
.@AOC unveils #GreenNewDeal: "Today is also the day that we choose to assert ourselves as a global leader in transitioning to 100% renewable energy and charting that path… We should do it because we are an example to the world." https://t.co/2wVPSEx6SK pic.twitter.com/a6AG8TWtPK
— The Hill (@thehill) February 7, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be taking initiative and lead the way to act in an environmentally friendly fashion if she’s going to push others to do so.
Conservative Tribune explains, “One of the things the Green New Deal calls for is for air travel to be replaced with the use of rail travel.”
Why is Ocasio-Cortez traveling by air so much then?
“Her campaign filed a report with the FEC. There are 2,293 entries in the report. That may seem overwhelming to review, but filtering can be used in searching. Filtered searches from the time period of Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018, contained some interesting revelations,” Conservative Tribune reports.
Ocasio-Cortez and the “Green New Deal” want to create a giant train to replace planes.
Conservative Tribune explains that “When it came to using the existing network of Amtrak, AOC’s campaign filed four charges with the company as ‘Fare,’ one as ‘RR Fare,’ four as ‘Tickets’ or ‘Amtrack tickets,’ and one as ‘Travel.’”
The cost ended up being $2,605.07, which is around 10 Amtrak trips.
Her campaign’s air travel was ridiculous.
Conservative Tribune gives a rundown:
Delta airlines had 17 listings under “Tickets,” “Plane tickets,” ‘Travel,” and “Airfare.” The total cost was $7,004.25.
With Allegiant there were four charges for “Airfare,” “Fare,” “Travel,” and “Tickets” totaling $1,161. Spirit Airlines showed up five times with “Fare” and “Travel charges”totaling $465.02.
There were seven “In Flight Service” charges with United Airlines, but only two charges for “Airfare” or a “Ticket.” Those two charges totaled $1,231.13.
Southwest only appeared once, with a $245.96 charge for “Airfare.”
American Airlines, misspelled in the report as “Americcan Airlines,” has 20 listings for “Airfare” and “Travel.” The total for those charges was $9,323.88.
The grand total for all the airfare was a whopping $19,431.24. That’s more than seven timesmore money spent on air travel than the $2,605.07 for rail travel with Amtrak.
Amtrak isn’t cheap, even though traveling by plane generally costs more. 49 charges for tickets to travel by plane is not a small price tag, especially comparing it to the 10 tickets purchased for rail travel.
It’s pretty clear that the amount of trips conducted by air were significantly more than by rail.
Conservative Tribune reports, “As an aside, the Green New Deal attacks car use, too. Car service charges appeared 534 times in Ocasio-Cotez’s campaign filing with the FEC. What that filing shows is that the actions, the choices, of AOC and her campaign arguably do not reflect the Green New Deal. Some would say that is just another example of Democrat hypocrisy.”