EPA chief Andrew Wheeler takes self-described 'potshot' at Green New Deal

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler took what he called a "potshot" at the Green New Deal on Thursday, saying it would reduce the reliability of the electric grid and ultimately harm the ability to restore drinking water systems after natural disasters. "I'm going to take the opportunity to just take a potshot at the Green New Deal for a second," he said during a question and answer session at the Bipartisan Policy Center. "If the grid isn't back up and running, if we don't have the electricity, we can't run the drinking water system in the community and we're providing bottled water for a long time," he continued. The Green New Deal, a proposal advanced by Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, calls for expanding renewable energy usage, eliminating transportation pollution, and improving the nation's electric grid, as well as reforms in the areas of labor and education. Proponents of wind energy point to an online posting from the Energy Department's Wind Energy Technologies Office, which says," power grid operators have always had to deal with variability." "Studies have shown that the grid can accommodate large penetrations of variable renewable power without sacrificing reliability, and without the need for "backup" generation," the post reads. Spokespeople for Markey and Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment after Wheeler's comments on Thursday.

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