NBC's Przybyla Plugs Green New Deal: Dems Won't Suffer, Have 'Science on their Side'

April 3rd, 2019 9:22 AM

Here are some of the Green New Deal's greatest hits:

  • Wiping out fossil fuels and meeting 100% of power needs through zero-emission sources.
  • Upgrading every existing building in the country, and building every new one, to meet environmental goals.
  • Massive transformation of transportation, moving away from airplanes and to zero-emission vehicles and high-speed rail.
  • Guaranteeing everyone a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security.
  • And at a cost estimated at $51-93 trillion-with-a-t over 10 years.

Sounds crazy, yes? Maybe to you and millions of other Americans. But not to NBC reporter Heidi Przybyla. 



On today's Morning Joe, Przybyla was asked to comment on President Trump's remarks of yesterday, in which he criticized the GND and indicated that he plans to run against it in 2020. Przybyla claimed that the GND does not have to be a political "liability" for Democrats because "they realize science is on their side." She suggested that candidates treat the GND as proposed by Ocasio-Cortez as "conceptual," and run on some version of it.

Przybyla didn't elaborate on precisely how science is on the side of the GND's pie-in-the-sky planks. But it should be fun watching the Dems in 2020, from the presidential candidate on down, defend it. 

Here's the transcript.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Heidi Przybyla, talk about that. Yes, Republicans can seize on the Green New Deal, and mock it up all they want. Democrats, they’ll be focused on health care, and making sure it is not taken away from American citizens. I think that might be a tougher sell for Republicans.

HEIDI PRZYBYLA: Well, Trump is certainly helping them in that regard, Mika, with elevating the health care issue himself, promising this plan that he will unveil after the election. 

But I also wanted to make a point on the Green New Deal. Here’s the distinction that I see some of the candidates making. They realize that science is on their side and that therefore, they can make a distinction and say, I’m for some version of a Green New Deal. That the Green New Deal that AOC put out was a concept. It was conceptual. It wasn’t an actual plan. So that’s where I see the candidates drawing the distinction. And if they do that successfully, I don’t think that it will be a liability.