Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting President Joe Biden for invoking the Defense Production Act to implement the Green New Deal’s plan to retrofit every building in America with solar panels, heat pumps, transformers and new building insulation:
“President Biden’s executive orders invoking the National Defense Production Act to produce solar panels, insulation and heat pumps are little more than an attempt to implement the Green New Deal’s plan to retrofit every building in America without any Congressional authorization. Fortunately, Congressional Republicans this spring blocked Biden’s attempt to get a blank check from Congress in the Ukraine war supplemental to reprogram Defense Department dollars to the Defense Production Act Fund and another bill that would have explicitly granted $100 billion for purpose, both of which would have created ready slush funds for Biden to implement the Green New Deal.
“One thing is abundantly clear, there is no national emergency related to any shortage of heat pumps, insulation or solar panels, and thus this is an inappropriate exercise of the Defense Production Act’s powers. Congress must remain vigilant to ensure that this broad grant of authority to the President over our nation’s economic system is not abused to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to implement the Green New Deal.”