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‘Updating All Buildings,’ Other AOC “Green New Deal” – Mixed Reviews Among Democrats, GOP Jeers

February 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Yes, we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases,” says part of a working document provided by backers of the so-called “Green New Deal” that rising star freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or “AOC” (NY-D) announced in the company of others today.

 

The numbers don’t work,” said a left-of-center CNBC talking head in the video below.  But some are cheering, while others are jeering AOC’s “Green New Deal.”

 

 

Here are some pull-quotes from the FAQ of the New Green Deal working document.

  • This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline.”

 

  • The Green New Deal resolution a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for all.”

 

Among the calls in this proposal would be the elimination of air travel in the U.S.

Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.”

Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”

There is no discernable discussion in this proposal about the constitutionality of the plan, which arguably violates private property rights on numerous levels.

 

Backers of the Green New Deal Claim 

The Green New Deal has momentum.

·        “92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal” (this claim seems highly unlikely, and they offer no proof, as talking heads on both sides of the aisle are raising doubt and concerns).

·        “Nearly every major Democratic Presidential contender say they back the Green New deal including: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Jeff Merkeley, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Jay Inslee.”

·        “45 House Reps and 330+ groups backed the original resolution for a select committee

·        “Over 300 local and state politicians have called for a federal Green New Deal

·        “New Resolution has 20 co-sponsors, about 30 groups (numbers will change by Thursday).”

 

In what can be seen as a swipe at the plan, right-of-center Fox Business reported today that “National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on President Trump’s comments on socialism during his State of the Union address and the Trump administration’s economic policies.”

Kudlow stressed anew that under President Trump, the war on business and success were over.

 

 

It is unclear if it will be related, but Senator Elizabeth Warren said she will have a major announcement on Thursday.  Stay tuned.

This will be a debate that could take on several forms.  Democratic billionaires Michael Bloomberg, and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz are among those who have taken aim at this types of plans. See the related reports, further below.

Bottom line?  Given that the chances today to even pass the House would seem slim at best for this concept.  It would be a non-starter in the GOP controlled Senate and White House.

But the ‘energy’ and media buzz behind it would push the Democratic party further left.  Will that help or hurt the GOP, minor parties, independents and others in 2020? Perhaps like 2016, it will be another election unlike any others before it.

 

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Howard Schultz, Potential Independent Presidential Candidate, Former Starbucks CEO, Blasts AOC, Senators Warren & Harris Plans, Plus MH Market Updates

Who Will Act? Will Senator Elizabeth Warren, and/or the Trump Administration Act to Restore Open Markets, Thereby Supporting Affordable Manufactured Homes?

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A Radical New Solution to the U.K. Housing Crisis

November 24th, 2016 Comments off
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Credit: The Daily Mail.

Supermarket giant Tesco, along with other chains, are exploring a bold new solution to the housing crisis… and offsetting their costs.

Tesco and the other groups are in discussions with Apex Airspace, a property developer that specializes in buying the air rights above existing buildings and adding modular housing units onto them.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, Alan Stewart, Tesco’s chief financial officer, the sale of Tesco’s so-called “air rights” could generate around £400 million ($497 million USD).

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Alan Stewart. Credit: This is Money.

The plans also have the added appeal of providing a solution to Britain’s housing crisis with the creation of “Tesco Villages” containing hundreds of homes and creating a revenue ecosystem.

Tesco expects to raise an additional £1 billion-plus ($1.24 billion USD) offloading land and excess space in its stores.

Tesco has identified 15 potential sites so far, mostly in London but also one in Oxford.

Stewart admitted planning authorities could delay complex schemes, but stressed that the idea would not involve Tesco investing more cash.

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Example of Apex Airspace work. Credit: Apex.

Supermarkets were talking about air rights as a way to ‘sweat their assets’,” said Val Bagnall of Apex Airspace.

It not only shifts the burden of roof maintenance costs on to a developer but could also be a significant income driver. There are also plenty of superstore car parks which sit empty when the shop is closed and could be better used.  For Tesco, it could generate huge financial value.

The Daily Business News has covered the growing trend of utilizing modular housing as a potential solution to the housing crisis in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere, including insurance giant Legal & Generals’ big bet on this segment. ##

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