I don't like it when politician's campaign on everything. Promising everything is not practical and that is the main problem I have with The Green New Deal. We should be focused primarily on climate change. There is increasing wealth dispairity, but overall, we are a wealthy nation.
The Wikipedia page on The American Dream talks about 77% of Russians being "cooped up" in apartment buildings. I think our suburbs are our greatest asset. It's the unnecessary commuting that is the problem.
Obviously putting a tariff on China doesn't make sense. Putting a tariff on a product makes sense. Tariffs should not be thought of as a punishment. The idea is simply to make American manufacturing competitive. Whether an Asian factory for the world makes the most sense is another topic.
Working from home en mass is the only way we can make a big dent in carbon emissions in the short run. Too much stuff has to be built to have wind/solar make a dent in the short run. Building stuff takes energy. Fusion working out is a big unknown. It might happen. Betting the farm on it is risky. Building up solar/wind makes sense, but it won't help emissions in the short run. In fact, it will make the problem worse in the short run.
Environmentally speaking, we've been prescribed rapid weight loss. I'm proposing the 500 calorie a day diet.
By increasing energy costs and expanding environmental regulations on industry, we increase the costs of American goods which makes it harder for them to compete globally. We outsource our pollution. I am proposing taxing residential activity instead of commercial activity. That would effectively tax domestic and foreign goods equally. My 10% energy tax is calculated to increase solar power to 13% in 40 years. That is way below 50-100% in 30 years. Can we even pass a 10% energy tax?
And remember, if you save money by driving less, but then use the savings to buy plane tickets, you haven't made a carbon savings. Should we make a carbon savings? I say yes to that question. We should do this. We can do this. Will we do it? It certainly will take some will power. I think that at least 50% of people want to do something. Those 50% should be highly organized, working together.
The myth that you don't get power when the wind doesn't blow needs to be put to rest. You don't get power from coal when you don't put coal in the furnace. Dig? Of course there will have to be some redundancy with fossil fuel plants.