On Wednesday, House Democrats convinced that their precious Green New Deal was sacrosanct decided they would not tolerate dissent, displaying their intransigence by refusing to consider debating an amendment from a GOP congressman, saying he was “not serious.”
When Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) pointed out that the bill’s requirement that all American housing units "retroactively upgrade" to renewable energies would not be achievable in his home state, he was dismissed outright.
As The Washington Free Beacon noted, Duffy stated, "You can't have, especially where I live, zero-emission renewable energy in Wausau, Wis. It doesn't happen. We just had a polar vortex: We don't have enough wind for windmills to heat our homes or drive our cars. We don't have solar panels that are going to heat our homes in the winter. It thoroughly doesn't exist." He called that section of the Green New Deal "catastrophic for American housing," and asked for a debate on his amendment.
As The Daily Caller noted, Duffy’s amendment read that the budget should furnish funds “to provide all people with affordable, safe, and adequate housing that has been newly built or retroactively upgraded to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, using only clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”
The Green New Deal resolution urged for “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Duffy’s request wasn’t "serious” because he planned to vote against the amendment, and only wanted to debate the issue.
Duffy responded, "Is the gentlelady chairwoman saying that the Green New Deal is not serious?"
Waters said, "I beg your pardon.”
Duffy persisted, "You said this is not serious. Are you saying that the Green New Deal is not serious? I just want to make sure so I can get a gauge on that. "
Waters repeated, "You are not serious.”
Duffy replied, “This is my amendment. Are you saying that my amendment isn’t serious?"
Waters said loftily, "We need to look for real ways to make our homes more energy efficient and sustainable. This amendment does not reflect a thoughtful approach to the topic."
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) slammed Duffy for questioning the bill, prompting Duffy to answer that refusing to debate the issue was tantamount to eschewing addressing the issue of affordable housing in America. Duffy continued, "I am delighted to hear my good friends across the aisle say this isn’t serious, because it’s not serious. You’re right. To call us hypocritical, listen, we have a very good working relationship and we’re on the same page on what we have to do on housing and get more people in housing, but when you call me hypocritical for introducing this bill, I take a little bit offense to that because I didn’t sign the Green New Deal.” He added later, “I do think it's appropriate to debate it and to discredit it because I think the gentleman understands that is going to drive up the cost of housing. We're not going to put more people in a home. We're going to kick more people out of a home."
Every Democrat on the committee voted against Duffy’s proposed amendment. Duffy told the Free Beacon, "I gave several of the Green New Deal's cosponsors the opportunity to debate and vote on their ridiculous Green New Deal legislation, but they were afraid to debate it, labeled it as not serious, and ultimately voted against it because they know this disastrous plan hurts families.”