WTVC-ABC Chattanooga Channel 9: Tennessee lawmaker blasts 'Green New Deal,' offers 'New Manhattan Project'

Posted on March 27, 2019

WTVC-ABC Chattanooga Channel 9: Tennessee lawmaker blasts 'Green New Deal,' offers 'New Manhattan Project'

By: Adrian Mojica


NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has proposed his own version of the 'Green New Deal,' a plan he says is more realistic than a proposal by House democrats.

Alexander's plan, dubbed the 'New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy,' would focus on "Ten Grand Challenges" over the next five years with the goal of creating new sources of cheap, clean energy. These challenges include finding breakthroughs and advances in cheaper solar energy, advanced computing, doubling energy research funding, natural gas, advanced nuclear, carbon capture, improving batteries, electric vehicles, fusion energy, and creating greener buildings.

Alexander says doubling the federal funding for energy research would make breakthroughs possible just as the Manhattan Project provided breakthroughs in building the atom bomb before Germany.

In a statement release, Alexander states " Instead of ending a war, the goal of this New Manhattan Project will be to minimize the disruption on our lives and economies caused by climate change, to clean the air and to raise family incomes -- both in our country and in the rest of the world by creating large amounts of clean, inexpensive energy."

Alexander also believes his plan is much more plausible than the Green New Deal, proposed by freshman democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“I believe the Democrat cure for climate change is so far out in left field that not many are going to take it seriously. The Democrats’ Green New Deal is basically an assault on cars, cows and combustion. And with nuclear power available, its strategy for fighting climate change with windmills makes as much sense as going to war in sailboats," Alexander stated.