Opinion: Where the Green New Deal goes wrong

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TOM MORAN / STAR-LEDGER – In the name of fighting climate change, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to give every American a good job, health insurance, paid vacations, and affordable housing.

And if you think that’s a smart strategy, ask yourself this: Why are Republicans overjoyed? Why is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellso eager to post the resolution for a vote?

The reason is that Republicans know this resolution will scare the hell out of centrist voters who may be worried about climate change, but don’t want that entire menu of add-ons. It gives Republicans an escape hatch, a way to divert the discussion just as polls show concern over climate is surging, especially among millennials …

Tom Moran is editorial page editor at The Star-Ledger.

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