Billionaires are in a tough position these days. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering running as an Independent, which he’d have to, because according to 2020 Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, billionaires are “freeloaders,” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, apparently the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party in 2019, says it’s “immoral” that the free market in America allows billionaires to even exist.
Even Ocasio-Cortez’s policy guy, Dan Riffle, proudly uses “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” as his Twitter handle.
So it’s no secret that the Green New Deal, as well as Warren’s plans like Universal Child Care, paint a target on the back of the rich in America.
Our favorite meteorologist and self-proclaimed “ecosocialist” Eric Holthaus chimed in Friday and made it perfectly clear that billionaires were going to have their unearned wealth taken from them to reverse the changes mankind has made to the earth’s climate.
Green New Deal is technologically possible, experts say. But it will cost trillions of dollars, require expansive new taxes and federal programs, and could not be accomplished within the 10-year timeframe that supporters say is necessary. https://t.co/afWa9gOK45
— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) February 21, 2019
Preventing the Earth from descending into a lifeless husk of a planet in a geological blink of an eye is technologically possible, experts say. But it will require confiscating unearned wealth from billionaires and ending the pointless wars we've been fighting for generations. https://t.co/vSiVeoqV82
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) February 22, 2019
We’re still curious about that 12-year deadline to reverse climate change or watch the earth descend into a lifeless husk, and The New Republic is even asking if it’s moral to have children with that deadline looming. We’ve all seen deadlines come and go.
Any chance we could decouple socialism from the climate change movement? Tesla co-founder Elon Musk is a billionaire, and so is Bill Gates, and he’s using his money to fund a project to quickly convert human waste into safe and sanitary drinking water for countries where they’re more concerned with having water to drink than climate change.
Lol. The Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. It has survived asteroid strikes, super volcanic eruptions, ice ages, and countless other cataclysmic events. But a couple hundred years of industrialized society will turn it into a "lifeless husk"? Sure, buddy. Okay. https://t.co/bcu2sFrdNv
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 23, 2019
We couldn't "destroy the planet" if we tried. The Sun can destroy the planet. A big enough asteroid could destroy it. A collision with a neighboring galaxy could destroy it. It takes a cosmic-scale event to destroy a planet. Your SUV won't do it.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 23, 2019
This is only maybe technologically possible if we fired all our nuclear weapons at each other creating a nuclear winter across the whole planet and even then I’m sure life will find a way. Lifeless husk is a pretty tall order.
— Stephen Yahn (@Stephen_Yahn) February 24, 2019
Here’s a question we keep asking and never get an answer to: assuming the earth is about 6 billion years old, during what year was the climate at it’s “correct” temperature? 2018? The Paris Agreement was supposed to keep the planet’s temperature within a range of 2℃ — assuming humans could actually pull that off.
REPENT! THE END IS NIGH!
— jamesb_bkk (@jamesb_bkk) February 24, 2019
Keep you hands in your own pockets, Eric. Envy is a bad look.
— Lady Hecate (@Hecate40) February 24, 2019
Statists gotta state.
— REALLY!?! ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@OscarGaldona) February 24, 2019
Earth a “lifeless hulk” you say? How so? There was abundant life on earth when both CO2 levels and temps were much higher, and there were no permanent glaciers, or ice caps at either pole – which was the case from ~260 – 2.6 million yrs ago. But you know this.
— M Stone (@M_Stone969) February 23, 2019
We've been told we have 10 years to survive for 50 years. The Coming Ice age, Acid Rain, Global Warming and now "climate change' which is whatever you want it to be own any given day.
— Steph (@steph93065) February 24, 2019
Ted Danson told us the oceans would be dead in 10 years about 25 years ago, and Oprah warned us that half the heterosexual population would have AIDS by now.
Your periodic reminder that not one study exists that suggests that reducing (already declining) US emissions, rather than (soaring) emissions from China and India, are the key to somehow reducing future climate change.
— Chainsaw Bayonet Tidepod (@Crunchy_G) February 23, 2019
Okay, once again I am confused. If the green new deal is technologically possible but is not possible in the 10 year time frame that the green new deal states is necessary, then how is it possible?
— John Jay (@JohnJay1231) February 23, 2019
Shut up … Ocasio-Cortez is at least trying by putting something out there, meaning she’s the boss.
“Confiscating unearned wealth” aka theft by the government. Absolute madness.
— Steve Borza (@BorzaSteve) February 23, 2019
Why only the unearned wealth?
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) February 23, 2019
It’s all unearned wealth, according to Robert B. Reich, because all billionaires either did something underhanded or inherited it from their parents.
— FitzMagik (@InsuranceHitman) February 24, 2019
The answer to all problems seems to be: confiscate wealth and disarm. Perhaps one ought to just advocate those directly if that’s what one believes in?
— Armed Liberal (@TheArmedLiberal) February 23, 2019
Confiscate and increase taxes. The socialist "solution" to all problems.
— Aurelio Castilla (@AurelioCG) February 24, 2019
— Todd Buda (@ToddDabuddah453) February 24, 2019
See, The New York Times was right: Republicans are “assaulting” the opposition by calling them radicals and socialists.
Move to Venezuela, they have all the taxation and socialism needed to fund this, right?
— Wayne 🇺🇸 🌨️ 🏔️ (@metaellihead) February 24, 2019
*Grew up in a Brooklyn housing project
*Was the first in his family to go to college
*Sold copiers for Xerox
*Then he founded Starbucks
AOC asks why billionaires like him don't have to 'work their way up'
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 30, 2019