Burgers and Straws Aren’t the Problem by Rep. Sam Graves

Dear Friend,

It’s time to set the record straight on the Green New Deal. We all thought it was a joke back in February, but now the chickens have come home to roost and we’re marching closer towards this nightmare becoming a reality.

Last week, liberals in Washington started acting on their Green New Deal agenda, trying to enact draconian limits on American oil drilling—jeopardizing American energy independence. These measures, in effect, would raise prices on everyday Americans and increase our reliance on middle-eastern oil—all part of a desperate ploy to garner support for the disastrous Green New Deal.

In another frantic effort to push their agenda forward, one Congresswoman went so far as to claim “the world is going to end in 12 years” if we don’t pass it. That’s a load of hogwash. All the evidence says that isn’t the case—and the only impact of the Green New Deal will be the destruction of our economy. The estimated $93 trillion plan could cost American families in some states an estimated average of $70,000 in the first year alone, and only have a minimal impact on the environment.

It doesn’t matter, though. The Green New Deal and plans like it aren’t about “saving the planet.” Most of the rambling manifesto is dedicated to a government takeover of our economy. One of the plan’s architects has even admitted the Green New Deal isn’t about the climate, it’s “a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” In simpler terms, the Green New Deal isn’t about the environment at all; it’s about making America a socialist country.

Small business optimism is at its highest point in years. Impose an endless list of onerous regulations and new taxes and you can watch that optimism quickly turn to despair. While we all might get a good chuckle out of the notion that folks using plastic straws and eating hamburgers are “part of the problem,” radical proposals like the Green New Deal pose a real threat to our booming economy.

This isn’t just about protecting our freedom from the vile plague of paper straws. This isn’t just about protecting American agriculture and air travel. It’s about protecting the promise of the American Dream for our children and generations of Americans to come. This is about protecting the very foundation of freedom in America.


Sam Graves