Report: 2020 Dems Embrace Green New Deal 'At Their Peril' in Iowa
Sunday, 8pm ET: Harris hosts Iowa voter town hall.
Ahead of a live town hall event with Iowa voters Sunday night, Harris Faulkner talked with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) about how the Green New Deal proposal will play with the state's voters.
The proposal was sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass).
According to a report, the Green New Deal is staunchly opposed by corn farmers and ethanol producers, a major voting bloc in the Hawkeye State.
Rendell, also a former Philadelphia mayor and DNC chairman, said that the Green New Deal is flawed, but that the "aspirational part" of it would be agreeable to "most Americans."
"Anybody who's got half a brain knows that there's climate change and that human activity has cause it," Rendell said, adding that if changes aren't made, "We're going to be cooked."
"The specifics [of the Green New Deal] don't make sense," he added. "They cost too much and [are to be implemented] in a much shorter period of time than physically possible."
Rendell disputed the idea that electric cars are the way to curb emissions, asking "where do they think electricity comes from?"
"Have you told Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that? That's true," Faulkner remarked.
Rendell said he doesn't always agree with the far left wing of his party but "give[s] them credit for one thing."
"Somebody has to jump-start the process [of 'green' legislation] in this Congress," he said, crediting Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander for agreeing that something must be done to curb climate change.
Faulkner said that on the conservative side of the House, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is another lawmaker who might welcome bipartisan legislation on climate change.
Watch more above, and tune in Sunday night at 8:00pm ET for "Town Hall America" with Harris Faulkner in Iowa.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will talk immigration, the Green New Deal and much more with a live audience.