Supporting renewable energy and public transport megaprojects has been a big thing on the Left for a long time. I know I've been looking forward to it longingly. But now seeing the latest version, the Green New Deal, I find myself with increasing doubts.
Leaving aside the politics of actually getting it done, say we fully committed to it, or something like it. Can it actually be done? For example, can we even produce enough steel and concrete to supply such massive construction projects? Can it be done in time before the fossil fuels run too low or the climate implodes? It would be really embarrassing if the first thing the Green New Deal required was a massive increase in coal production to fuel the required steel and cement industries. Although possibly still worth it, depending on specifics.
What does everyone think?
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