South Carolinians lobby lawmakers for alternatives to Green New Deal

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As the Democrat-led Green New Deal heats up on Capitol Hill, South Carolina leaders opposed to the plan are having their voices heard. Our Washington Correspondent Alana Austin catches up with this local group in DC.

A group in from the Palmetto State says the Green New Deal is unrealistic but they have other ideas and see a bright future for South Carolina.

“South Carolina is the new sunshine state,” said Matt Moore, Chairman of Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition.

Moore – former GOP state party – is meeting with South Carolina lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill. This group asks lawmakers to boost support for solar power, invest more in research and development and cut red tape. Moore says all that saves money while creating jobs.

“We’re here to call on Congress to pass sensible energy solutions, and help families instead of hurt them,” said Moore.

The Green New Deal – pitched by Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – is a sweeping set of reforms that targets climate change, and aims to unleash economic growth. GOP South Carolina Senator Tim Scott says his state is already taking steps to curb its carbon footprint, and he argues the Green New Deal would cost trillions.

“It’s the great contrast that America really needs to see where the socialist agenda leads and where true American capitalism has led,” said Scott.

Christy Goldfuss, environmental and energy leader at the Center for American Progress – a left-leaning think tank – says there’s many myths out there about the Green New Deal. She says it’s not binding and leaves room for creative solutions to fight the most pressing environmental problems.

“We can address massive challenges as an entire society,” said Goldfuss.

The Green New Deal has been introduced in the House and the Senate. It is not expected to pass in this divided Congress.

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