Liz Cheney asks panel if Green New Deal will require ‘Vacation Commissar’ to regulate air travel
Rep. Liz Cheney wants to know how the Green New Deal’s plans to curtail air travel will affect American citizens and she’s not getting answers.
The Wyoming Republican used her time this week during a natural resources subcommittee hearing titled “Climate Change: Preparing for the Energy Transition” to question how regulators would accomplish a net-zero carbon emission economy.
Panelists were reticent to discuss specifics Tuesday, aside from an idea that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials would take up the task.
“I guess we’re going to set up a situation where the FAA then can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important, and which isn’t,” Ms. Cheney responded to Chandra Farley, the Just Energy Director at the Partnership for Southern Equity in Atlanta. “It would seem to me, I guess, we would then have a situation where the FAA could say, for example, ‘you know what? Vacation travel, that’s not essential. We’ve got to make sure we could do the air travel for the people who really need it. So, no vacation travel.’ Would you say we’re going to have some sort of vacation commissar set up in the government to determine what kind of air travel makes sense?”
Members of the panel balked at the question, which was predicated on a 14-page outline of principles championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
A document on Green New Deal priorities that were mocked by critics was taken down from the Democrat’s website shortly after its publication.