JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Representative Jeff Shawan wants to urge the federal government to oppose the proposed Green New Deal that Shawan says would be catastrophic for Missouri. Shawan is the sponsor of HCR 43 that, if approved by the Missouri House of Representatives, would be sent to President Trump and members of Missouri’s congressional delegation asking them to oppose the proposal that is meant to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in ten years.
Shawan said the federal proposal, which is offered by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would attempt to achieve its goal by attacking some of the pillars of Missouri’s economy. He noted that significant reductions to cattle and combustion engines would cripple the ability of farmers to engage in cattle ranching; to produce and harvest food products like rice, corn and soybeans; and to transport food products around the world.
“This proposed new deal is a bad deal for Missourians and anyone who values the way of life that has made this state great. I want our congressional delegation and President Trump to stand firm against these foolish federal bureaucrats who think they can make the world a better place by getting rid of ‘farting cows and airplanes.’ The only thing their misguided efforts would do is to destroy everything our family farmers have worked to accomplish for generations,” said Shawan, R-Poplar Bluff.
Shawan added that the Green New Deal would also have a devastating impact on Missouri’s electrical power industry. Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s staff has indicated a desire to phase out nuclear energy. Shawan said it is imperative to protect the state’s nuclear and coal power sources, which provide the majority of Missouri’s electricity generation.
Shawan’s HCR 43 now awaits assignment to committee for further discussion.