WHITTINGTON: HOW THE GREEN NEW DEAL WOULD END AMERICAN SPACE TRAVEL

The Daily Caller | 2/13/2019 | Staff
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The so-called Green New Deal is the sort of thing that might have been dreamed up in a college dorm after the bong pipe has been passed around too often. The plan, which was presented as a serious proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters, appeared and suddenly disappeared from the Internet with accusations and recriminations galore. The Heartland Institute has saved the documents from being memory-holed. It does indeed ban beef, cow’s milk, air travel, and the private automobile. It mandates support for people who are unwilling to work and for every building in the country to be retrofitted or rebuilt. It wants a carbon-neutral economy without recourse to nuclear power.

Unknown to most people, the Green New Deal effectively bans space travel. The reason is that rocket launches create harmful emissions, some of which are greenhouse gasses, some of which are harmful in other ways, such as causing damage to the ozone layer. Scientific American has a good rundown of the potential problems rocket exhaust may cause, especially if Elon Musk’s and Jeff Bezos’ dreams of space travel being as common as air travel come to fruition.

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How rocket exhaust affects the environment and whether or not it would be flagged by the purveyors of the Green New Deal depends on which rocket fuel is used. Many rockets use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, which would seem to be benign — but they create water vapor, which NASA suggests is a greenhouse gas. Other rockets, such as the SpaceX Falcon 9, use rocket-grade kerosene with liquid oxygen, which pumps out carbon dioxide. The big rocket that Elon Musk is building with which he intends to go back to the moon and on to Mars, burns methane, an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.

Ocasio-Cortez and her advisors have not...
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