Washington • Rep. Rob Bishop stated on Thursday that a proposed democratic measure to tackle climate change was "equivalent to genocide" for rural and western communities.
"For many people living in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal amount to genocide," said Bishop
. Asked about a proposal to correct climate change for genocide, he said the plan would kill him.
"I am ethnic, I am a Westerner," he said, according to E&E News. "Killing would be good if you implement everything the Green New Deal really wants."
Republicans have made the proposed climate change solution a boogeyman in the 2020 elections, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell soon expects a vote on the package to force the Democrats to support it or oppose it.
The proposals include the guarantee of a job with a decent salary, paid for family and medium holidays, vacation time and pension security, health care for all, access to higher education and repair or replacement of roads, bridges and obsolete sewer systems. It also calls for freeing all the energy consumed in the United States without emissions, adding new energy-efficient buildings and eliminating pollution-causing production.
Democrats, including several who have announced their intention to run for the presidency, say such moves, even if they are as destructive as they could be, after decades of inactivity and new, terrible warnings that climate change represents a real threat to the planet.
Bishop, later on Thursday, made it clear that he was joking in his remarks but reiterated that the democratic plan would be disastrous.
"My comments were obviously not intended literally, and they should not detract from the fact that the so-called Green New Deal stems from attitudes that show no respect for the life and livelihood of the American people," Bishop said in a statement. "The naive claims of a narrow faction to the left must be shown for what they are."
Bishop says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should conduct an in-depth analysis of the Green New Deal.
"With American security and prosperity on the line, it's the least the speaker can do," Bishop said.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, president of the House's Natural Resources Committee, was on the road and could not be reached for comment.
But Grijalva told E & E News that he was surprised by Bishop's comment, adding that the Assembly voted to condemn the incitement to hatred.
"My friend, Mr. Bishop, is usually a little more cautious than that and usually does not make this kind of statement," the Arizona journalist told reporters. "So what does it tell me? C & # 39; is a bit of despair in the tone."