GOP Congressman: Green New Deal is “Genocide”

March 15, 2019

Very fine people.
Overtones of White Supremacy among climate deniers are not a new thing.

Concurrent with a massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, a Republican anti-science wackjob equates a switch to electric vehicles with Nazis machine gunning Jews into a pit.

Washington Post:

Opponents of the Green New Deal have fired off a slew of increasingly hyperbolic attacks in recent months, from falsely claiming that it would outlaw hamburgers and ban air travel to contending that it would turn the United States into a socialist nation. On Thursday, one member of the House Natural Resources Committee took things even further, equating the ambitious climate plan to some of the worst atrocities committed by mankind before walking back the remarks as a joke hours later.

“For many people who live in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide,” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said at a news conference held with other GOP House members in Washington. “That may be an overstatement, but not by a whole lot.”

Bishop, a nine-term lawmaker who previously worked as a history teacher, has been one of the most aggressive critics of the sweeping proposal, which seeks to combat climate change with a shift to renewable and zero-emission energy sources while simultaneously restructuring the economy to address income inequality. In his remarks, Bishop argued that the plan had been formulated by people who “judge distance not in miles but in subway stops,” an apparent reference to the resolution’s House sponsor, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “The genesis of this concept is really coming from Easterners who live in an urban setting and have no view of what it’s like in the rest of America,” he said.

After the news conference was over, Axios reporter Amy Harder pointed out that the term “genocide” refers to the deliberate mass murder of a particular national or ethnic group and asked Bishop how the Green New Deal fits that definition.

“I’m an ethnic,” Bishop said. “I’m a Westerner.”

“And you think the Green New Deal is going to kill you?” Harder asked.

“If you actually implement everything they want to,” Bishop replied. “Killing would be positive if you implement everything the Green New Deal actually wants to.”

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Bishop’s overheated rhetoric was immediately condemned by critics on the left, who accused him of trivializingwhite settlers’ mass slaughter of Native Americans and other real genocides that have taken place throughout history. A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez told the Hill that the remarks were “misleading and offensive,” while the Utah Democratic Party denounced his claims as “not only baseless but also incredibly insensitive.”

J Street, a liberal Jewish lobbying group, responded, “This is just disgusting. To compare environmental protections to the targeted decimation of a population is disturbing and dangerous.”

Speaking to E & E News, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said that he was surprised by Bishop’s remarks and pointed out that Congress has voted to condemn hate speech on multiple occasions in recent months after other members’ comments led to controversy. “My friend, Mr. Bishop, is usually a little more circumspect than that and usually doesn’t make those kinds of declarations,” he said. “So what does that tell me? There’s a little bit of desperation in the tone.”

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9 Responses to “GOP Congressman: Green New Deal is “Genocide””

  1. ubrew12 Says:

    “For many people who live in the West… the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide” Utah is the new Sahara Desert, if you follow the ideas behind Bishops ‘Grey Old Deal’. Thankfully, that’s not genocide. More like suicide.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    They’re not skeptics. They’re climate denying delayalists. Stop calling them what they’re not.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Can’t wait seeing all these Bishops and alikes going to die because of the GND. The rest of us will thrive from then on.

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    Bishop and all the rest of the Repugnants in almost-all-white Utah need to be shown the “new reality”—-it’s long overdue.

    PS As a school administrator for 23 years, I found History and Government teachers (Social Studies teachers in general, actually) to be among the biggest A-holes on the various school staffs I worked with. Conflicts with each other and complaints from parents and students were more prevalent with them than for teachers in any other discipline—doesn’t surprise me to hear that Bishop is such an anal orifice.

    • chucksterweb Says:

      I am so sad to hear that. When I was growing up in a lily white suburb of a major American city, my social study teachers were the most liberal and progressive of the whole bunch. Even the current issue of “Meritocracy” came up and was discussed. Of course this all about 4 decades ago. Most- if not all of us – were second, third or fourth generation Americans whose parents and/ or grandparents grew up either in the ghettos of the city or who had recently crossed the pond to get to the streets paved with gold. My generation was a true melting pot but that melt was only partial. It still excluded a lot of people.
      The mobster eye-tailiuns and perpetually drunk ay-rush were OK to consort with now! “but don’t you ever dare let me find out yur datin any g****m n***a gal. I’ll F*****G DisOWN YOU!!”
      -or-
      “Don’t waste your money at that ‘Taco Bell’. Mexican food is garbage”
      I really did hear this kind of racist bigoted crap from my own elders. Of course – in the case of Taco Bell – they never mentioned that it was never really Mexican food at all. They probably couldn’t because they didn’t have the vaguest idea of what it was in the first place. I only got my real first taste of real Mexican food at the Head Start celebration of my youngest sister- which they hosted! It was greater than good and I’ve been hooked on it since.
      While I was young and learning in a structured environment MY social studies teachers took their jobs seriously. They really did want us to know, understand, parcipitate and be an integral part of a self governing democratic republic. I truly pray they aren’t one of the extinct species.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        I too had a good experience with my Social Studies teachers in HS 6 decades ago in a lily-white deep NJ suburb of NYC. Those I worked with in the schools in NJ when I later taught were also top-notch. I met the A-holes during the span of 1970-1992 until I retired from the Fairfax County VA public schools. Fairfax County was a wealthy DC suburb with top notch schools and great teachers, but it DID attract some sorry individuals in the Social Studies field—-perhaps the fact that many were older and retired military or government types was the key. One former CIA guy was downright scary, and another old Colonel was a vocal John Birch society member. The (very few) women in the field at the time and the younger males were OK. Let’s hope things are better 25 years later.


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