Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for ‘tiny little windows’
President Trump bashed the Green New Deal during a phone interview Thursday evening, incorrectly telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that it would require builders to use “tiny little windows.”
The climate change-fighting resolution sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has been a favored line of attack for Republicans, who often point to policy proposals not actually included in the legislation.
“I mean they literally want to take buildings down and rebuild them with tiny little windows, OK, little windows so you can’t see out, you can’t see the light,” Trump said.
“Our country will be a Ninth World country, not a Third World country” if the plan is implemented, he added.
The president also said the deal was conceived of “by not smart people — AOC plus three.”
Windows are never mentioned in the 14-page Green New Deal, which is more of a vision for fighting climate change and spurring economic growth than a specific prescription.
“In case anyone was worried, tiny windows are not a part of the Green New Deal,” Sunrise Movement, a youth climate group that backs the effort, wrote on Twitter.
“We are anti-tiny window.”
The Green New Deal does call for making buildings — a major consumer of energy — more efficient.
The U.S. should upgrade “all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification,” the resolution states.
The remarks are the latest example of Trump’s fixation on energy efficiency, following a string of comments criticizing low-flow showerheads and toilets and energy-saving lightbulbs.
The Department of Energy under Trump has proposed and in some cases finalized rules that weaken requirements on manufacturers of such products.