WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) our June 2023 Porkers of the Month for wanting to spend trillions of dollars more for their latest “Green New Deal” scheme.
Congress has already approved hundreds of billions for “Green New Deal” projects, but Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez want even more. Their reintroduction of the “Green New Deal” is full of outrageously expensive programs. It calls for replacing all fossil fuel and nuclear power with solar energy which would require 18.7 billion solar panels and a land mass equal to the combined size of New York and Vermont. Many toxic chemicals are used to produce solar panels and every year 681,000 birds are killed by wind turbines. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was named Porker of the Year in 2019 for introducing the “Green New Deal” in the first place and was also named in November 2021 for pushing President Biden to cancel student loan debt. Sen. Markey was named CAGW’s August 2021 Porker of the Month proposing a taxpayer-funded Civilian Climate Corps that would hire millions of people and cost billions of dollars.
CAGW President Tom Schatz said, “Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is outrageously expensive and would cause enormous environmental damage to our nation while doing little to nothing to reduce pollution. Their appetite for wasteful spending is extremely harmful to taxpayers. The deal has nothing to do with protecting the environment, it is about a complete takeover of the U.S. economy and the end of capitalism. For pushing taxpayers further into debt, Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez were easy choices for this month’s Porker.”
Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. For more than two decades, Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers and government officials who have shown a blatant disregard for the taxpayers.