U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still talking to fellow lawmakers about the Green New Deal but there are efforts under way on the state level to ditch the gas-powered automobile in order to save the planet.
In March, New Mexico’s governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act into law. It requires that New Mexico move to 100 percent carbon-free energy, the same long-term goal as the Green New Deal.
Daniel Turner of Power the Future, a national organization that advocates for energy workers in rural America, says there is no “national appetite” for far-left environmental plans so the next target is state legislators and governors.
“So everyone should be very concerned,” he says, “of what's happening at their state level."
According to The Associated Press, the Energy Transition Action codifies the requirement that "investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives get at least half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. That would jump to 80 percent by 2040."
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez claims the Green New Deal is vital to stopping man-made climate change, pointing to a UN report warning the world has roughly 12 years to reverse it. She has lately said the 12-year warning is not literal.
Echoing the warnings of others, the Green New Deal has very little to do with actual energy policy, Turner says, and amounts to a socialist takeover of entire industries such as health care and transportation.
OneNewsNow and other media outlets reported how the Green New Deal demanded “economic security” and “high-quality health care,” for example, along with eliminating gas-powered automobiles.
“So the Green New Deal is really just a socialist manifesto,” Turner says, “with an awful lot of green paint on it."
One reason Power the Future got interested in New Mexico's legislation was how quickly it was approved.
"Normally laws of this magnitude have an awful lot of studies, economic studies, environmental impact studies and all of that were circumvented," he explains. "So we had a feeling something suspicious was going on and that's why we started the investigation."
Emails obtained by Power the Future revealed that New Mexico’s energy secretary, Sarah Cottrell Propst, encouraged far-left environmental groups to review the bill’s language as lawmakers were writing it.
"In one instance, [Cottrell] allowed the group who employed her just months before, a renewable energy trade group called Interwest, to influence the bill," says Turner.
New Mexico's Energy, Minerals & Natural Resource Department declined comment to OneNewsNow.
A related article from The Associated Press says Cottrell Propst is defending the law and her role in the legislative process.
Interwest, she told reporters, just happened to be a group with "expertise" that was needed.