Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deleted a Monday tweet celebrating the tanking of oil and natural gas prices, explaining that she would hope to use the crash of the energy industry to force a Green New Deal program on Americans.
The price of oil declined below $0 a barrel on Monday, jeopardizing the American energy industry and threatening millions of American jobs involved in the production of natural gas.
Ocasio-Cortez is an advocate of a Green New Deal program in which all fossil fuels would be phased out of use and replaced with dubious and expensive renewable energy sources.
Places like West Texas & hard-working men & women in the oil patch power the bright lights of NYC… including the hospitals! pic.twitter.com/ITEJ6RLk2s
— Rep. Arrington (@RepArrington) April 20, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez walked back her celebration of the energy industry tanking in a subsequent tweet, again seeking to use the development as an opportunity to implement a Green New Deal.
This snapshot is being acknowledged as a turning point in the climate movement.
Fossil fuels are in long-term structural decline. This along w/ low interest rates means it‘s the right time to create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy. A key opportunity. https://t.co/UqT8DI5u2I
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 20, 2020
The Freshman Member of Congress is yet to provide a clarification on why she deleted her initial tweet stating that she loved to see the oil industry contract, although it’s clear she was shamed into deleting it after realizing the callousness of the message to millions of American workers.
It’s likely that oil and natural gas prices will bounce back up before long, as more Americans go back to work and begin fueling cars and trucks again. But the industry, which employs more than 10 million Americans, could be in for a rough period. Looks like the New York congresswoman has no sympathy.
Democrat Black Farmers Bill Would Give Away $8 Billion of Land Yearly in Reparations Program
South Africa-style land redistribution?
Democrat Senators are touting new legislation that would purchase national farmland and give it away to Black Americans for free.
Democrats Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren are sponsoring the the Justice for Black Farmers Act, which seems likely to be the most wide-ranging affirmative action program ever enacted if it’s signed into law. It’s not inaccurate to call the bill a reparations program.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 24, 2020
The law establishes preferences for Black Americans within Department of Agriculture policy. Blacks would be granted free land purchased by the federal government, in total increments that appear to add up to $8 billion a year.
An undersecretary of a USDA “Equitable Land Access Service” would be entrusted with purchasing(using taxpayer funds) and redistributing land. The reparation bill appropriates for a massive 20,000 grants annually over ten years, adding up to a total redistribution package of $80 billion.
The under-secretary would be commissioned to “(1) purchase from willing sellers, at a price not greater than fair market value, available agricultural land in the United States; and (2) subject to section 205, convey grants of that land to eligible Black individuals at no cost to the eligible Black individuals.”
If the bill redistributes 160 acres per grant, it would ultimately end up transferring 1.6% of the total land in the continental United States for free.
Democrats cite a decline in the numbers of black farmers since the 1920’s as an impetus for the bill, pointing out that there were 1 million black farmers in 1920 and 50,000 today. Such logic ignores that the number of American farmers broadly has declined sharply as the United States transitioned to an industrial economy, and that millions of Black Americans who worked under poor conditions as sharecroppers in the American South have long since moved to northern cities.
The bill is somewhat similar to South African racial land redistribution policies, which differ primarily in that they forcibly nationalized land owned by Afrikaner farmers and redistributed them to South African Blacks. South Africa’s land reforms in the name of “equity” have proven to generally be a failure, with novel farmers unable to utilize the land they’ve been gifted in a manner beneficial to society. South Africa has transitioned from a bountiful agricultural society known as the “bread basket of Africa” to a net food importer, with experts pointing to arbitrary land redistribution as a factor in doing so.
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