Sen. Alexander: Democrats' climate change plan 'far out in left field'

DC (WVLT) -- Just one day after Senator Alexander released his proposal to combat climate change, he discussed the Democrat's proposal, called the Green New Deal.

On March 25, Senator Lamar Alexander proposed "One Republican's response to climate change: a New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy."

The next day, Alexander said the Democrats' Green New Deal was not going to be taken seriously by many.

“The Democrat cure for climate change is so far out in left field that not many are going to take it seriously. The Democrats’ Green New Deal is basically an assault on cars, cows and combustion. And with nuclear power available, its strategy for fighting climate change with windmills makes as much sense as going to war in sailboats,” Alexander said.

According to a press release from the senator's office, the senator's climate change plan, released on Monday, "would double federal funding for energy research and focus on Ten Grand Challenges for the next five years to create new sources of cheap clean energy."

The 'grand challenges' are:

Advanced Nuclear
Natural Gas
Carbon Capture
Better Batteries
Greener Buildings
Electric Vehicles
Cheaper Solar
Fusion
Advanced Computing
Double Energy Research Funding

These efforts would be to "raise family incomes at home, strengthen our economy and show the rest of the world how to reduce carbon emissions -- because the rest of the world is where the carbon emissions problem has to be solved.”

Alexander continued, "I believe the Democrat cure for climate change is so far out in left field that not many are going to take it seriously. The Democrats’ Green New Deal is basically an assault on cars, cows and combustion. And with nuclear power available, its strategy for fighting climate change with windmills makes as much sense as going to war in sailboats."

The senator said meeting his proposed challenges would create breakthroughs in those aforementioned areas. "To provide the tools to create these breakthroughs, the federal government should double its funding for energy research and keep the United States number one in the world in advanced computing. "

Alexander said he believes climate change is real and that human emissions are a major cause, according to the press release. “You don’t have to believe humans cause climate change to believe in the New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy, and you don’t have to be a Republican.”